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The Book of Awesome

Collin and Abigail, two Indiana University students, started following Neil Pasricha’s 1000 Awesome Things blog each morning, remarking over the fun (and truth) of the Awesome Thing for that day.  When it came time for Valentine’s Day, Collin thought he’d put a little video together for Abigail, with him singing along. Very sweet. Check out […]

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Such Beauty. Happy Sigh.

I just discovered Karen Walrond at Chookooloonks.  Her new book The Beauty of Different is coming out Fall of 2010. Oh, I know, it’ll be hard to wait, but browsing is perfectly acceptable.  You can check out her stuff on Chookooloonks. Her blog. And this amazing downloadable desktop photo for April, which I’ve just placed […]

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Preparing for Easter

First, a poem.  Then a few images. Easter Morning by Amy Clampitt a stone at dawn cold water in the basin these walls’ rough plaster imageless after the hammering of so much insistence on the need for naming after the travesties that passed as faces, grace: the unction of sheer nonexistence upwelling in this hyacinthine […]

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Bibliophile Treasures

Noteworthy literature tidbits for today, since I’m doing the last bits of heavy research for my second novel. Barack Obama writes a fan letter to Yann Martel for Life of Pi. A playlist (by Mike Errico) for Kelly Corrigan’s new book Lift, which comes out today.  Corrigan wrote Lift as a love letter to her […]

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Ice Formations

I’m fascinated by ice.  Did you know that there are physicists who freeze water under varying conditions, just to see what formations they come up with?  They apply their results, then, to ice found in the earth’s colder regions–to make hypotheses about previous conditions–much like a dendrologist would do by studying tree rings. In 1998, […]

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