megwhat:

So very excited about this print we picked up this afternoon. (at Lockwood Shop)

My good friend and very talented artist made this! You’ve got good taste and Erin makes cool prints

whitneymuseum:

Happy first day of spring!

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Le Pavillon de Flore in the Spring, 1907. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by Whitney Museum of American Art

“My Saturday Night. My Saturday night is like a microwave burrito. Very tough to ruin something that starts out so bad to begin with.”
— I’m re-reading the Yiddish Policeman’s Union and I forgot how funny it is.
housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"
housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"
housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"
housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"
housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"
housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"

housingworksbookstore:

wellesleybooks:

lilyandtherabbit:

Poets and their homes 

LOVE THIS, especially Emily.

"very big"

Michigan, you’re the best. It’s been a great week.  Michigan, you’re the best. It’s been a great week. 

Michigan, you’re the best. It’s been a great week. 

Favorite Books of 2013

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Mara

I want this book and this young author to win all the prizes. This book, set in Chechnya during the war is so, so, sad. It’s a tapestry of suffering and heartbreak but whimsy is threaded into that tapestry as well. It’s powerful, but delicate too. It feels immediate and urgent, but also ephemeral and dreamy. Really great stuff. 

Where Did You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

This book was pure fun. I was charmed by the precocious narrator, the sarcastic and difficult (but ultimately lovable) titular Bernadette.

This is a witty gem of a book. It’s funny and heartwarming, a little sad, and very smart.

Take it on all your vacations in 2014. It’s a complete delight. 

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

It’s so exciting to have a new detective series develop. Especially one that is as clever and slippery and genre-bending as this one. 

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

I think I’ve talked about this book enough here. But I really did love it. It’s seductive and powerful. Something about the way Kushner described what it’s like to be young and passionate and dazzled (by New York, by a man, by art and artists, by politics, by activism, by life) really struck a chord with me. Anyway, I loved it and I can’t wait to re-read it in 2014.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

This book was nuts. I read it in one sitting because I could not bear to sleep more than one night on it for fear of the weirdo dreams it would give me. 

Nutting totally commits in this book. To her premise. To her heroine. To her writing. To her description of teenage boys burgeoning sexuality. The tension just keeps ratcheting up in every scene to the point where I really wanted to look away, but couldn’t.

It’s like watching the pamchenko! It’s way too dangerous, but Nutting was in the mood to kick a little ass, and she stuck the landing. (yes, I just made a Cutting Edge reference). Anyway, this is a tough book to recommend to other people (It’s hard to say, I just loved this novel about a creepy sociopath pedophile) but I want more people to read it because it really was excellent and I need more people to talk to about it. 

offonatangent:

Since some folks asked, here’s my list. It was an excellent year for crime novels by women, and based on my reading of 2014 galleys so far, next year will be as well.

The Best, in Alphabetical Order

Save Yourself, Kelly Braffet: I’m not certain why this novel didn’t merit more attention…

Sarah Weinman has excellent taste in Crime Fiction and her recommendations should be followed. 

Re-gifting is fine and occasionally encouraged.

Brandy Clark came out with an excellent album this year. Her writing is so clever and sad and witty and real. It feels like an instant classic, worn in and comfortable but fresh and new at the same time. I can’t hit repeat enough.