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English Muse: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

What are you reading??

I haven't been doing much reading, or blogging or anything except settling into my new job....
I need to get back into my old routine...

Any book suggestions!?

PS: What did you think of Colin Firth winning the Oscar!?

(Photo, above, by Tiny Lights.)


Thursday, February 17, 2011

A few favorite things...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Panic and run amok

The Keep Calm knock offs are still going strong -- more than two years after the trend started. This one, by madmanincognito on etsy, made me laugh!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Red Hot Literary Quotes

In honor of Valentine's day, Flavorpill has a very clever list of the top 50 literary quotes
for a hot fling.

Here's a sampling:

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”
-- Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”
-- Complete Works by D.H. Lawrence

“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”
-- Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda.

The rest of the list here.

Happy Valentine's Day!

(Photo, above, by Anna Liisa Liiver.)


Chuck Palahniuk & More...

From the inspiration journals of Nada Hayek:

--Chuck Palahniuk
So interesting that Palahniuk serves as muse to so many women...Do you know why?

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ten Great Years

I love this clever Beatles poster by illustrator Max Dalton. I've been holed up in my new office the past few days and I've been thinking that it would be nice to put some colorful (yet inexpensive)
art on the walls.

This might be perfect! Any suggestions for cool office art?


Sunday, February 6, 2011


Have you discovered Svpply yet? It's like tumblr, only for things -- to buy...
It mixes shopping and surfing the Internet! Brilliant! So this is how I'm spending Superbowl Sunday! What game?...

(For sources of things, above, check out my Svpply page.)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Case of the Missing Pillbox Hat

My friend Faye Fiore wrote a fascinating story about Jackie Kennedy's pink suit, which has been banned from public view for 100 years. It's in storage in a secret locker in Maryland. There's just one problem: No one knows what happened to the pillbox hat.

It's a wonderful, long story -- although somewhat hard to read amid all the ads. But it's worth it. Let me know what you think! HERE'S THE LINK.

A SIDE NOTE: So many talented writers have been cut from the LA Times. The fact that Faye is still there and doing her thing makes me so happy. When I first started at the paper, I used to clip all of Faye's stories and keep them in my writing inspiration file...


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Safe and Sound

After a week in the cat hospital, Shoes Lebowski is finally home. The whole ordeal ended up costing nearly $2,000. But, it's ok because...I have a new job! After a year of freelancing, I was offered a wonderful position (with salary and benefits!) at an amazing company. I even get my own office -- on the 24th floor of a downtown LA high-rise...

So here's hoping this is the start of a new chapter in my life -- and an entirely new career...For the next few days -- before I start my job on Monday -- I'm enjoying hanging out with Shoes
and relaxing...

Reading Annie Proulx's Bird Cloud is doubly sweet.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Enormous Pockets

I love this little post-it note, created by Michaela Lynch, quoting "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Pockets are, perhaps, the most functionally charming sartorial element. I love finding ticket stubs (and money) in my old jacket pockets...

Anyway, happy Tuesday. Hope you're having a lovely week so far. I'm finally getting my cat home from the hospital today!