October 16, 2013
This Victorian étagère is magnificent. It depresses the hell out of me that it's basically impossible to find this kind of design today — and if you wanted to commission it, you'd pay an exorbitant amount for it, since you'd be getting real craftsmanship instead of flat-pack quality. Money might not buy happiness, but I bet this plus a set of old, leatherbound Shakespeare volumes would get me pretty close.
October 09, 2013
When I look at this, all I can think is Edith Wharton. The Grand Tour. Merchant Ivory. And what I would do if I owned my own place and could hold my decorating wad. It's the perfect example of how opulent ambiance doesn't necessarily require opulent square footage. And it's the exact kind of room that makes me question everything I know about my design preferences.
October 02, 2013
Isn't this neat? Called Citybook, it was unveiled at Milan Design Week by Mr. Less and Mrs. More — aka designers Ubaldo Righi and Antonella Di Luca. They based the bookcase's design on a previous project, which also used the house shape you see here. It's cool how such a simple shape can produce such intriguing design possibilities — the bookcase is modular, so all the pieces can be moved about and configured to your heart's content. For €3,900, you get 32 sheet metal "houses" and 10 bases in your choice of white or dark grey.
October 01, 2013
The standard beige band-aid is a horrid thing. It's either so sticky it takes a layer of skin with it upon removal or so unsticky that it instantly peels away from your body and dangles limply by one corner for the rest of the day. It never quite fits the area you're trying to cover, and I've yet to find someone who actually has band-aid-colored skin, so instead of blending in it always looks like a thick, linty-edged growth. I quite like the fun kiddie bandages, with their bright colors and adorable cartoon characters, but I'm about 20 years too old for them.
New York Times: Combined Print & Ebook Fiction
1. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
2. Thankless in Death by J. D. Robb
3. The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison
4. The Quest by Nelson DeMille
5. Never Go Back by Lee Child
New York Times: Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction
1. Si-Cology 1 by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach
2. Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal
3. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
4. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5. Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
Indie: Hardcover Fiction
1. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
2. Never Go Back by Lee Child
3. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
4. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
5. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Indie: Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Zealot by Reza Aslan
2. Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal
3. I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano
4. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
5. Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
September 30, 2013
September 27, 2013
*What's more delicious than a good Jane Austen novel? How about recipes inspired by scenes in her books and adapted from her letters? [via the Daily Telegraph]
*Reigning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence is on quite the roll — she's just been confirmed to star in a new adaptation of East of Eden. [via GalleyCat]
*Looking for an agent or writing inspiration? #MSWL — the Manuscript Wish Lists hashtag — has returned, giving you insight into the stories and styles agents, editors, and publishers are currently looking for.
*Is it important that fictional characters be likable? Mohsin Hamid and Zoe Heller discuss in a New York Times column. Myself, I don't find it necessary, just as long as a book has someone likable in it — Gone Girl wasn't a bad book, but I disliked the fact that there was no one to root for or side with. I ended up not clicking with it and as a result won't read it again — and I'm a big re-reader.
*Not to be a buzzkill, but considering the series has sold about half a billion copies, I'm surprised we don't hear about more Harry Potter–themed proposals. [via Buzzfeed]
*Over the next 100 weeks, the Observer and the Guardian will unveil their list of the 100 greatest novels written in English. But this is no ordinary "best of" list — each week's reveal will include an essay that explains that particular selection. The list kicks off with John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. [via the Guardian]
September 26, 2013
September 23, 2013