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Since I don’t want to leave y’all with a bad taste in your mouth right before the weekend.  One great thing happened in January.


44, baby!

More awesome obama-day pictures at The Boston Globe.

Also, I just became a fan of Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration hat on facebook.  Holler!


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January 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm

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january r.i.p.s

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John Updike










Updike in the New Yorker


75,000 U.S. and EU jobs.  
In one g.d. day.

Gee, thanks for nothing.

Gee, thanks.















Blame Wall Street and pour yourself another drink.


Domino Magazine

A favorite issue.  Dom's!  I'll miss ya.

A favorite issue. Doms! I'll miss ya.













Now I’m going to have to shell out the $$$$ for Vogue Living Australia


Washington Post Book World

bye bye, bookworld

bye bye, bookworld













Another one bites the dust.


Stacey’s Books

Not you too!

Not you too!










Good riddance, January.

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January 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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book art

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A scribble of appreciation for 2666.  And a shout out to Ligaya Mishan of the NYer for her 2666 posts.  They made me feel the warm, Oprah-y embrace of a book club on the coldest of my 2666-reading days. 

Doesn't this remind you of finger paint?

Scary, bloody snake lady from cover.

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January 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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take that, nyr #5

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So, I’ve been rethinking my New Year’s resolution to avoid drinking every night of the week. I’ve actually been keeping it up, but it’s starting to seem silly avoiding a glass of wine or beer on certain nights just because.  Especially since a glass of wine every evening is probably good for you. I’ve been hearing a lot about resveratrol lately. First in the NY Times, then on 60 minutes and in this week’s New Yorker, Noah Baumbach gets wasted with a mouse to test its effects. Resveratrol, found in red wine, possibly slows down the aging process and may be one of the explanations for the famous “French Paradox” (eat lots of cheese, drink lots of wine, live in France, don’t get heart disease). It is also one of the reasons I have decided to torpedo New Year’s Resolution #5- “Drink less, but better. Or something.”  Because wine is really a health food.  How did I ever forget?

And speaking of drinking…

The Manhattan

Next time, with proper tools.

This, my meanies, is the Manhattan I made on Sunday night. D.M. described it as “Kind of good. But not.” And later added, “This is gross. I can’t drink it.”

ohhhhhhh.  damn.

First, too much Wild Turkey 101, then too much vermouth turned my very favorite cocktail into an overly sweet, bourbon-y mess. Did I let it get me down? I did! Have I been defeated? I have not!

But I have decided that to be a better mixer-of-drinks, I must devote myself to them.   I must practice.  I must have the proper equipment (no more eyeballing proportions and no more jelly jar shaker).  I must not have too heavy a hand.  I must  experiment, and when my experiments fail, I must try them again. And when they still turn out terribly, I must allow myself to dump them in the sink and open a bottle of wine.   Like they would in France!

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January 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

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morning stones

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I watched this movie over the weekend – and while I can’t necessarily recommend (it was pretty bad), there were parts I enjoyed.  It made me want to dress in a wide brimmed fedora and bell bottoms.  All the best scenes are in  the trailer.  Watch.

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January 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

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by the way…

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is finished!!  That’s right, all 890+ pages of it.  Did I understand it?  No.  Did I think it was amazing?  Yes.  Want to see the sketch I did in accordance with new year’s resolution #6?  It will be up soon, once I find a scanner that works.

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January 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm

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lego nerds strike again!

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Hey  there!  Happy Friday, folks.  Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it’s a new day in America!  I mean, everything still kind of sucks, but now we’ve got hope!  Bet you alread guessed what this is.  That’s right, Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama…totally in Lego.

There’s a slideshow on The Gaurdian’s site right here.  Shame they didn’t try to depict Aretha’s amazing hat.  Seriously.  No.  There is no hat better.

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January 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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