Bay Side, 1967
Sun Corner, 1968
The Bay, 1963
I have been feeling less than snazzy, and so have woefully slacked on my writing duties. Not to worry, here’s some eye candy and links for one of the worst work days: Tuesday.
Links to Love
I recently found this site (thanks to A Cup of Jo) called Part Nouveau, which creates a dialogue around the reappropriation of art and fashion. The site takes current high-fashion spreads and places them alongside the works of art, iconic images, or early fashion photography that they are inspired by (or directly cribbing from). It’s a wonderful visual experience, perfect browsing for an afternoon break.
I’ve finally returned from my annual vacances refreshed and relaxed, but yearning to be back by the lake. Just to think: next year we’ll be schlepping up to Vermont with an 11-month old in tow! I can’t wait to begin sharing my family traditions with our little one.
So, I realize that though I just posted my summer reading list a week ago, I neglected to plan appropriately considering that last Tuesday was our annual Daddy-Daughter Used Book Hunt. My sister, father, and I all piled into his car for a day of traipsing around Vermont’s used book stores, looking for gems. My pull was quite reserved: I only ended up with two books: A Concise History of Modern Art and Patti Smith’s Just Kids. I immediately began the latter as we drove down winding roads, and completed 70 pages by the time we’d returned to the house– I couldn’t put it down!
For those unaware, Patti Smith is an iconic singer, artist, and writer, as well as a former lover of controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Of course, my art-loving partner immediately said “But wait, he was gay!” Yes, he was, and an essential part to his coming out occurred during his relationship with Smith. Just Kids is Smith’s lyrical retelling of her time with Mapplethorpe, and serves as a memoir for her first years as an artist.
Actually, I’m hesitant to call it a “memoir.” That word invariably signifies that there is a certain amount of “cheese” to the story; that a sickening slick of nostalgia infiltrates the author’s recollection of bygone years. With Just Kids, that is not the case. Smith’s words are palpable and poetic, they are absorbing and distinctive, they gloss over the mundane and delve deeply into the inner beliefs and scenes and emotions and experiences. Just Kids is an essential read for any artist, gallerist, or art lover. Smith’s recollection of her life is so wonderfully written that each word on the page becomes entirely tangible.
Photo credit: uncertain. If you know where this is from, please let me know!
Every year, my family books a vacation for a week in a rustic cottage in Vermont. There’s something about escaping to the emerald green and smoky blue of Lake Champlain that puts a girl in a contemplative mood. Though the days have been alternately sunny and overcast, the state still hasn’t lost its magic. Yesterday, we spent the day shopping at farmer’s markets, estate sales, and outlet stores. Today is ripe for reading. Tomorrow brings a Hansen-family used book-and-brewery tour (the best kind of tour). And before long, we’ll be back on the road, headed straight for reality.
After seeing Joy the Baker‘s impressively ambitious summer reading list, I decided to write down my own. Though I rarely am able to complete the list, I am a firm believer in having goals, no matter how lofty.
Summer 2013 Reading
Blog, Inc. Joy Cho
Blue Angel Logan Belle (I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the author and am so excited to finish her book)
Born Standing Up Steve Martin (started this one today!)
Bringing up Bebe Pamela Druckerman
Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Lean In Sheryl Sandberg (started at the beginning of the summer)
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls David Sedaris
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Looking for Alaska John Green
Lost and Found Carolyn Parkhurst
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
On Writing Stephen King
The House in Paris Elizabeth Bowen (love her books and find that most readers don’t know about her)
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
What sort of reading will the summer bring you?
A Waffle Spa by Monica Ramos
A Cheerio Milk Bath by Monica Ramos
Sometimes I just love browsing through the “Painting” tag of Behance. Today, I found the work by Brooklyn illustrator Monica Ramos. Her series called “Comfort Food” made me want to curl up inside a big ol’ cronut (then again, when do I not feel that way?!). This weekend I’m heading up to the green mountains of Vermont for some much-needed relaxation. Have a wonderful weekend!
Links to Love:
- View: Huh. Someone has already made a film about Edward Snowden.
- Wear: Guide to a summer staple– the crisp white shirt.
- Read: Work Better.
- Eat: So. many. Pancakes!
- Find: Your summer bliss. Weekend road trips. Beach side barbecues. Lazy days reading great books in the sun. The summer comes and goes so quickly– be sure you’re enjoying it and not wasting away indoors behind the security of a screen.
“As You Like It” performed by Rowayton’s Shakespeare on the Sound
Today and tomorrow (and possibly the rest of the week) my life will be a lovely display of chaos. We’re moving into a new apartment (finally!) and must navigate this perilous process in between meetings, gallery obligations, installing new kitchen appliance, redoing the floors, and painting the walls (the latter three, fortunately, are being taken care of by the landlord). It’s a fantastic little dance.
So, I’m MIA until my Internet is installed and my new Herman Miller chairs (similar ones here) are delivered. Catch you all on the flipside!
Photo credit: My BFF who loves eating crusty bread and cheese whilst sitting on the grass and watching Shakespeare just as much as I do.
BL-120 by Il Lee, Ballpoint pen on canvas, 82″ x 117″, 2011
Il Lee is being featured in a wonderful exhibit at the Aldrich called Ballpoint. A large canvas of his work hangs immediately to your left as you walk in the exhibition space and it is essential to setting the tone of the show. Phenomenal curating.
Links to Love:
- View: How English Sounds to Non-English Speakers
- Wear: I’ve been hankering for a maxi skirt (especially as the summer months get hotter and my belly gets bigger), and this one is not only pretty and sheer and all things I like in a skirt, but only $36!
- Read: Hilary Mantel has won so many of the “Best of…” Awards, that I can’t really figure out why I haven’t yet cracked open one of her books. I’ll be bringing Wolf Hall with me next week on my family vacation to Vermont. This interview with the New York Times made me want to grab tea and talk literature with Hilary.
- Drink: Unf. This Grilled Peach Whiskey Sour is everything I love about summer.
- Find: A phenomenal tag sale to while away your Saturday morning! F and I did this last weekend and we had a blast! For East Coasters, the Stormville and Brimfield markets will be opening next weekend!
Also, as everyone knows, Google Reader is shutting down! I’m a Reader addict, so it’s been tough to find an adequate replacement sans bugs. I’ve been using The Old Reader, which operates almost identically to Google Reader, but the downside is there’s no mobile app and it can get a little buggy when you use the shortcut buttons. Feedly is another great replacement, but for some reason it seems to need to update itself almost every hour, thereby crashing the app on my Google Chrome. Then there’s Bloglovin’, which is where I may eventually go. The good part about bloglovin’ is the interface and usability, the “negative” part is that to read a full article, you need to click and be directed to the blog. Now, I know this is a good thing because it gives the blogs traffic (unlike other reader apps)… but I am admittedly lazy and like to have everything in one space. Let me know if you’ve found an even better Reader replacement! I’m willing to try them all!
Have a great weekend!