Archive for the 'good ideas' Category

let’s review: the truth is a cave in the black mountains

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Neil Gaiman’s The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains is just what its subtitle promises: “A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds.” Originally a story included in another collection, and then a story performance for a festival at the Sydney Opera House, this graphic novel-esque tale is the collaboration [...]

the year of the book club

Friday, August 8th, 2014

I like to talk about books. Perhaps a bit too much, but who’s to say? : ) When I find people who also like to read books and talk about them, I consider this one of life’s little gems. When some of my gal pals and I realized we happened to have fairly similar tastes [...]

let’s review: iron, or the war after

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Moody, muted illustrations featuring anthropomorphic animals with ambiguous missions are at the forefront of S.M. Vidaurri‘s graphic novel, Iron: Or, the War After. I was drawn to this book by its soft, inky watercolor in mostly blues, greys, and whites, like Narnia without spring. Like its illustration, the story is somber, tracing echoes of actions from opposing [...]

let’s review: show your work!

Monday, May 5th, 2014

“But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.”  Show Your Work!–Blackout Poet Austin Kleon‘s follow-up book to Steal Like an Artist–is a manifesto for creatives and a push to not only be [...]

don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought it fitting to share a snippet from the greatest love story ever told: You’ve Got Mail. It gets me every time. I mean, come on. The 1990′s, dial-up internet, the sweet simplicity of email love letters, and the unbeatable adorable-factor of Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan…it’s a classic. [...]

let’s review: tender buttons

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Lisa Congdon’s lovely detailed illustrations pair nicely with the first portion of Gertrude Stein’s extended modernist poem, Tender Buttons. I read somewhere that Gertrude Stein’s poetry is like “verbal cubism”–and I’d say that’s a fair assessment. More about movement than meaning, these words are arranged whimsically and tucked into corners of fragmented stories, like ordinary [...]

let’s review: make good art

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

I don’t need to go on about how much I like Mr. Gaiman. (If there were a Venn diagram of people my husband and I admire and swoon over, you’d definitely find the name Neil Gaiman in the center). Anyway, he gave a pretty great commencement speech awhile back that got turned into a book, [...]

film crush: an education

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

“Haven’t you already watched that movie?” Hubby points to the DVD of An Education on the coffee table. Yes, and this afternoon I fell in love with it again. Carey Mulligan is perfect, the story brilliant. Glimpses of London and Paris in the 60’s, the fashion– it’s all stunning, elegant, and entirely alluring. Side note: [...]

SPB 2013: paper vacation

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The Sketchbook Project: “It’s like a road trip, but with sketchbooks.” This initiative is just one of the light bulbs floating above the brilliant minds of Art House Co-Op and Brooklyn Art Library. Sign up, get a sketchbook, fill it up, send it back, see it off, share it with the world. And then be inspired [...]


Monday, December 3rd, 2012

After a long month of “replacing my normal life with word docs, thesaurus apps, inner dialogue, pinterest boards created for fictional people, and more coffee consumption than usual,” I finally earned my nano badge! 30 days, 50,000 words, hundreds of pages, thousands of notes, two macbooks, lots of lattes, two labyrinths (one metaphorical), one jungle [...]