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Favorite Snacks of the Great Writers

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Espresso, oysters, pistachios, hunger.  I think I’ve tried all of these snacks before writing and have found that pistachios are definitely my favorite to munch on.  Hunger and espresso are a close second for that Parisian-author-chic feel.  Oysters are too celebratory for me. 

Walt Whitman began the day with oysters and meat, while Gustave Flaubert started off with what passed for a light breakfast in his day: eggs, vegetables, cheese or fruit, and a cup of cold chocolate. The novelist Vendela Vida told me she swears by pistachios, and Mark Kurlansky, the author of “Salt” and “Cod,” likes to write under the influence of espresso, “as black as possible.” For some writers, less is more. Lord Byron, a pioneer in fad diets as well as poetry, sipped vinegar to keep his weight down. Julia Scheeres, the author of the memoir “Jesus Land,” aims for more temporary deprivation. “When in the thick of writing I minimize food intake as much as possible,” she told me. “I find I work better when I’m a little starved.”

Source: NYTimes


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August 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Books, Humor, New York Times

Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York

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The post comes a year or so late but this book would make a great gift for someone moving to or leaving New York City.  A word about the photos:

“Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” [is] a photographic survey by James and Karla Murray documenting disappearing mom-and-pop stores …

The project, ten years in the making, captures the unique and idiosyncratic storefronts that define the streetscapes of New York City. Bars, bakeries, restaurants, butchers, discount shops, etc., are all being slowly pushed out to make way for chains. Indeed, it’s a crisis of identity: since the start the project, over one third of the stores have closed. See more on James and Karla Murray’s Flickr Store Front photo set.

Written by doorr

April 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Art, Books, New York City

Culture Club: The Tiger’s Wife

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In case I needed any more of a reason to read Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, here is a fantastic review of her novel in the third issue of Matchbook Magazine (the best magazine ever).  She is much more accomplished than I am for a mid-twenty something.

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March 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Books

Summer Reading 2011

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Maybe it’s that finals are around the corner, or maybe it’s that I am just anxious for summer to arrive, but I cannot stop thinking about the beach reads lined up in my Amazon shopping cart.  At the top of my list is Emily Giffin’s Heart of the Matter because I love a good 48-hour-read.  I plan on reading these books not on my ipad (if only I were so lucky) but instead with a cold iced americano and a little Lissie in the background.  Cheers to summer!

Image 1: Bits of Beauty

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March 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Books, Lifestyle

Daily Dose: 2-25 {Snow Day}

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1. Matchbook, 2. Canelle et Vanille, 3. Bright Bazaar via From The Right Bank

Can I just stay in bed with my oatmeal, milk, and brown sugar + American Wife?

Written by doorr

February 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

Posted in Books, Daily Dose

Would You Rather..

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Study here

or here

I would choose the second!  Sources: LaDolceVita and Apartment Therapy

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August 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Posted in Books, Lifestyle

Daily Dose: 8-24

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I know I post pictures and write about Italy on this blog fairly often but the slideshow of screenshots from the movie Eat, Pray, Love posted on Elle Decor are just too good not to highlight.  As someone who’s read the book and seen the movie (yes, I’m a little ashamed to admit that) both have their highs and lows.  The book struck me as a little repetitive and immature but relatable and interesting (particularly the tidbits on meditation and the history of yoga), and the movie was slightly too long and a little slow-paced but very beautiful and well done.  Bill Groom, the production designer hits the nail on the head when he says:

Eat, Pray, Love was shot on location in four countries, with palettes inspired by earth, air, fire, and water. “We scouted Bali first,” says production designer Bill Groom. “It became clear that you’d never get away from the sense of water.” After that, the other settings came vividly to life: a bohemian New York filled with an earthy sense of style; an Italy of open windows and curtains billowing in the breeze; and an India rich in smoldering reds and orange.

The movie truly allowed the countries to play as big of a role as the characters in the film and that made it all so much more enjoyable.  Of course Bali was my favorite and now I cannot wait to take my own mandatory twenty-something backpacking trip through Southeast Asia.

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August 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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