Are You a Handwriter or a Typer?

Haha, that’s a doozy of an opener! But I can identify with this. I like handwriting and typing for different reasons—the latter when I have a lot on my mind to sort through, a lot that I just want to get down on paper (or Word, as it were) and organize, and the former when I want to ponder life a bit. When I write a letter by hand, I find my thoughts slowing down to a pace where my pen can more or less keep up.

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Handwriting is like making love; typing, like having sex. It’s essentially the same enjoyable activity, but the approach is slightly different.

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Tomboy style lies at the heart of whatever fashion sense I possess, so I like the idea of a work-appropriate sweatshirt paired with a patterned A-line mini—though in my case, I’d wear it with knee-high boots (ankle boots are not a good look for me). Maybe a nice pair of Hunter wellies. || Speaking of Everlane, I’m super stoked about my His for Her men’s oxford shirt, which just arrived in the mail today. I’m so often nabbing my boyfriend’s roomy tailored oxfords and V-neck sweaters, it’ll be a relief—for both him and me!—to have my own “slightly tapered waist” version. Plus, the Everlane oxfords seem to sell out like hotcakes; just a couple of weeks ago they were completely sold out in all sizes, and as I type this now, XS and S are also again out of stock.everlane his for her

(photo of model Ana Kras via Everlane Unedited)



What: A shrunken sweatshirt cut in thick reverse terrycloth.

Why: We never thought we’d live to see the day when athletic-style sweatshirts became work appropriate, but now that it’s here, we’re embracing the comfy trend with both (terrycloth-clad) arms. This dark navy number from Everlane—a west coast based e-commerce shop specializing in gorgeously crafted basics—is a shrunken version of the brand’s men’s style, and is made from an ultra-soft reverse terry material.

How: To elevate this casual closet staple for work, we’d pair it with a short skirt and ankle boots, or a pair of cropped trousers and a chunky heels. For a lazy weekend around the neighborhood, we’d stick to Americana classics and pair the sweatshirt with staples like boyfriend-style jeans or chinos, a pair of plain white Superga sneakers, and a cool cross-body bag.  

Men’s French Terry Sweatshirt; $45 at Everlane.

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The Pigeon does Hamlet

Behold, lovers of children’s books, “two of literature’s most tortured characters, together at last” in the Willems Shakespeare mashup of Mo Willems’s pigeon (from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) performing Hamlet’s famed soliloquy.

ImageThat is one pigeon with an existential crisis.

Here is the entire parody. This day-maker brought to you by bottom shelf books, via The Children’s Book Council.


First thought: Wasn’t Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in a theft attributed to Myles J. Connor Jr.? (I read The Art of the Heist not too long ago, and remember it being described as one of the few landscape-type paintings that Rembrandt did.)
My second thought, though, is that I actually love to step inside art museums for the same reason I like to go hiking on my own or browse in a bookstore or library with no other particular where to be. It lets me learn, takes me to a world outside of my own, and gives me space to ponder (which, with me being an introvert, are all things I love). In fact, I myself am looking forward to checking out the Rembrandt’s Century exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco…after the crowds there for Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring subside somewhat.

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Two weekends ago, two of my girlfriends and I visited the newest exhibit at the Frist Center for Visual Arts: Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age.  It was interesting to see the influence of Protestantism on art after the Netherlands broke from Catholic Spain, and while still life isn’t my favorite, there were lots of other pieces I really enjoyed.

The first pieces were Rembrandts, and they were my favorite.  I especially liked his Visitation, which I had never seen before.


It also included one of his portraits of Christ (of which there are many).  Not his most famous one, but a very nice one.


Two of my favorite Rembrandts that weren’t in the exhibit were his Storm on the Lake of Galilee and his Return of the Prodigal Son.

The way the Frist is laid out, it’s easy to find yourself in a completely different exhibit while in the…

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I was reasonably delighted by flour+water‘s now-decommissioned Weekend Pasta Project, but having the S.F. restaurant’s fresh pasta—cocoa campanelle! agnolotti dal plin! chervil tagliatelle!—now at the ready any day of the week beats all. You can mix and match the sauces, salumi, cheese, wine, and produce for a Pasta Project customized exactly to your taste. Awesomeness.


We have just launched a new pasta program with fresh pasta from flour + water’s pasta lab, available daily, exclusively in salumeria.
Buy it pre-packaged or scoop it up by the pound.
Every week we will have a different selection on offer and this week the selection of fresh pasta includes:
hand rolled pastas
cappellacci dei briganti
filled pastas
taleggio scarpinocc
agnolotti dal plin
brown butter roasted squash tortelloni

extruded pastas
warm spice campanelle
black pepper spaghetti
aleppo rigatoni
whole grain bucatini

Choose from our selection of sauces, fresh produce, salumi, cheese and wine for everything you need for a delicious meal at home.
All items available from salumeria, 3000 20th st, san francisco, ca 94110

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Piano by the sea

There’s a guy—an artist, a pianist—by the fitting name of Mauro Ffortissimo who, with the help of some friends, recently rolled out an aging baby grand piano onto the bluffs of Half Moon Bay, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, so that during the day passersby might plink away at the keys. But during the past few successive sundowns, he’s sat down to play a half-hour recital of Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann—partly for pure pleasure, but also to demo how exposure to sun, wind, and fog is rapidly changing the way the piano plays the same pieces.

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He has no permit, so city officials have told him the piano has to clear out by Thursday (Valentine’s Day). But what a cool moment, right? Imagine bundling up, mug of hot toddy in hand, and listening to this unexpected and yet wonderful bit of whimsy as the sun sets and waves roll ashore.

Read more at SFGate and UPI.

(photos by Jessica Olthof for the San Francisco Chronicle)