Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Authorship: the Dream and the Reality

This week on the Chronicle Books Blog I got to tell the story of how I came up with the idea for the recent book I not only edited, but also authored, New York Jackie. No joke: it came to me in a dream. Above is my sketch of what the book looked like in my dream. Below is what it really looks like. You can read the whole story here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Most of the fashion and lifestyle photography on The Transatlantic is not particularly to my personal taste. But this photo of the atrium in which sits the Temple of Dendur at the Met, with white winter sunlight streaming in, makes my heart sing.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brunch Pals

Mabel and her friend Margot enjoying a postprandial recline in our new butterfly chair. We did not know when we bought it that it would comfortably hold two four-year-olds side-by-side. But now we do know.

Friday, October 17, 2014


I was feeling sort of Jackson Pollock-ish today, and thought I'd post some of his paintings. Simple enough, right? Um, no. Turns out finding images of Pollock paintings is gosh-darn difficult. Normal image searches turn up way more paintings by random people purporting to "do" Pollock, than actual Pollocks, and the images on art sites are often surprisingly low res. Sigh. But here's what I did find, and I was right--they suit an autumnal Friday morning perfectly. But you'll really want to click them up bigger to get the full effect.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

And Thus We Enter The Final Third of The Long-Running Poem Series About The Spring of 2006 (Which Makes The Entire Year-Long Cycle Exactly Two-Thirds Done)

May 1, 2006
I’ve been thinking about routine

What a comfort it is
how much I like it

(there were mauve lilacs
at the farmers market
this past saturday)

but then how
it can be
a crutch

keeping me from walking straight
or making me stumble when its pulled out from under

Haven’t decided anything
about this yet
just thinking

image source is here

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bookish Girlishness

I'm doing it again. I've mentioned several times before how, over the years, one of my preferred easy-reading genres (alongside murder mysteries) has become YA novels. Every time I read one I think the same thing: man, I wish there were books like this when I was a teenaged girl! And then I immediately want to read another one. As if I can retroactively get my fill. Which is a little bit like thinking I should eat too much turkey this Thanksgiving because last year I didn't put enough on my plate. But what the heck--there are relatively few self-indulgent pleasures so harmless and benign as this one. You know you're a nerd when even your vices are bookish.

Anyhow, here's what I've been reading just lately: This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, and Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea. All highly recommended.

photo sources are here, here, and here