- David Halberstam, The Fifties
- Richard Howard, Alone with America
- Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds
- Helen Vendler, Soul Says
- Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
- Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks
- Jesus de Nazaret, Las Palabras (mistakenly ordered in Spanish)
- Fodor's New York City 1999
- Deborah Solomon, Utopia Parkway: the Life and Work of Joseph Cornell
- Ruth Rendell, The Crocodile Bird
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
And second of all, because I read fashion blogs, I found this for you: Aretha Franklin Is Not Sure if She Can Bear to Give 'The Hat' to the Smithsonian. Better than that: "The Hat" photoshopped onto Stephen Colbert and Karl Rove and assorted dogs:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."
Monday, January 19, 2009
- having delicious homemade cake laying around.
- a dog that wags his whole body when you come home.
- having the chance to talk to your daughter while driving all the way down to Provo and all the way home.
- making a toddler smile.
- doughnuts for the drive home.
- having tickets to a concert but not wanting to leave the house, but going anyway and having a great time.
- finding out that your four-year-old granddaughter in Scotland has taken a picture of you when you were having a webchat.
- having a dinner that consists of toast. Lots of toast.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
"The longer you sleep, the better off you are, the less susceptible you are to colds," said lead author Sheldon Cohen, who studies the effects of stress on health at
Pittsburgh's . Prior research has suggested that sleep boosts the immune system at the cell level. This is the first study to show small sleep disturbances increasing the risk of getting sick, said Dr. Michael Irwin. Carnegie Mellon University
The people who slept less than seven hours a night in the weeks before they were exposed to the virus were three times more likely to catch a cold than those who slept eight hours or more. and finally
Sleeping fitfully also was tied to greater risk of catching a cold. Those who tossed and turned more than 8 percent of their time in bed were five times more likely to get sick than those who were sleepless only 2 percent of the time.
So: if you sleep seven hours, you're basically saying to the virus, I want you for my very own. Sleeping fitfully? It's like a mating dance you're doing for the virus. And the advice of the experts: "The message is to maintain regular sleep habits because those are really critical for health," Irwin said.
No, let me just repeat that in case you missed its perspicacity, and in a larger font size, and indented:
"The message is to maintain regular sleep habits because those are really critical for health," Irwin said.
Oh, thank you. How very helpful. I will telepathically communicate my gratitude for this advice to the researchers tonight, while I'm tossing and turning during my less than eight hours of sleep.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
- on the one hand, a long book that's a good book has more goodness to love;
- on the other hand, my wrists sometimes hurt after I've read twenty-five pages.
- On the one hand, who does not relish her appointment to spend an hour or two in the company of a splendid work of literature?
- On the other hand, why is said work of literature so unwieldy?
- On the one hand, reading a wonderful book for a little moment before falling asleep is one of the great pleasures of the reading life, but
- on the other hand, fitting this book in bed with myself, my pillow, and my husband (not to mention my dog for awhile before we usher him out and turn out the lights) is a feat that might require technical drawings and perhaps the services of a time-motion expert to perform properly.
- mix some roasted tomatoes, which you have tucked away in your freezer, in with the squash.
- Then give a couple of good glugs of olive oil.
- Rip some fresh mozzarella up into the mix, about a pound;
- crumble some ricotta salata in there too.
- Stir till it's all well acquainted.
- Crumble a little more ricotta salata on the top and
- bake for awhile at 350 degrees.
- Take your dog for a walk.
- Come home and eat a delicious and wholesome dinner which will make you feel like a homemaking genius.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
For the prosecution, enter the attorney, Sir Poncey Impeccable, Esq. For the defense, Sr. Olaf "Ace" Ipkiss.
Yes Man, out this month, is Carrey’s latest existential parable. If, as has been speculated, Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard shared a libertine moment in the salons and cellars of 19th-century Copenhagen, they could have brainstormed this movie over drinks. Carrey plays Carl Allen, an office drone and cautious Cuthbert who abruptly starts saying “Yes!” to everything—Korean lessons, cans of Red Bull, love, and life itself. This impulsive assent to existence is characteristically presented in the form of a gift/curse, laid upon Carrey, in this case, by a New Age positivity guru played by Terence Stamp. (The tie-in with Red Bull is a brilliant stroke, of course—no other legal product so generously extends the promise of turning you, if only for half an hour, into Jim Carrey.)
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
- reorganize all my books.
- probably buy new bookshelves for downstairs.
- take stuff down from the closet in my study and get rid of it.
- perhaps follow running son's advice, in response to my own dithering that maybe I would have to make an arbitrary decision, like getting rid of everything that's brown: "
- actually sort through my clothes instead of just putting them away. Although putting things away is a good start.
- accept the fact that all the artifacts of all my projects and activities cannot fit into one room, and therefore, I will have to move things from here to there and from there to here. (It is shocking to me how much I need to just put things away. What am I, in kindergarten?)
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
- Give some books and/or cds away.
- Give a whole bunch of clothes and shoes away.
- Ruthlessly get rid of a LOT of paper artifacts. Maybe without even looking at them. Much.
- Move the big chair where the desk is and vice versa.
- Contemplate how things got to this state of affairs. Try to do this without sinking into despair.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Liberty Park Snow Day from lisab on Vimeo.
Friday, January 02, 2009
- I've Loved You So Long
- Seven Pounds
- Marley & Me