In bed with books

How is it that January 1 so often finds me with a cold these past few years? Oh, well, at least I’m in good company. Happy New Year! Pictured, some comforting sick-day reads, clockwise from top left: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley French Milk by Lucy Knisley The Most of Nora […]

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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. That is one pigeon with an existential crisis. Here is the entire parody. This day-maker brought to you by bottom […]

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The power of reading

I love any story about a girl who escapes into books and finds whole new worlds of wonder and possibility within them. Plus, any girl whose favorite book is Anne of Green Gables must be a kindred spirit. Transcript: Once upon a time, there lived a girl called Jasmine. Jasmine lived in a pretty rough […]

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On being well rounded

While rereading an October 2011 Brain Pickings roundup of Steve Jobs quotations, I got to thinking that Jobs’s views on the importance of a broad-based education echo certain sentiments in “The Education of an Artist,” a chapter in The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn. In particular there’s a quote by Jobs from the February 1996 issue […]

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Lands End day trip

The weather’s supposed to clear up this Sunday after several off-and-on days of much-needed rain, so I’m hoping to take the opportunity to bolt to San Francisco for a little day trip around the Outer Sunset / Lands End / the Legion of Honor. My plan is to check out Outerlands for the amazing-looking Dutch […]

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