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Things to love…


Just a few things on my wish list: Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Illustrated…Tovicore Leather Card Case…Red Embroidered Pillow Cover… Little Blue Birds Studios’ Owl Art Print…Joe Vintage’s Restored Red Royal…LilyMoon Aviary Brooch… Dolan Gelman’s Found Objects Collage…Claudia Varosio’s Annie Hall Print…Vintage Fan Art Print.

What’s your favorite contemporary book?


I know it’s hard to pick an all-time favorite, so I’ll rephrase: What’s your favorite contemporary book of the moment? For me, it’s Joan Didion’s “Year of Magical Thinking.” It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking. (Photo by Hvidt.)

Poetry and Pottery

if not with you

Australian poet and potter Kylie Johnson fashions bowls and trays out of clay and then imprints them with sentiments so achingly beautiful that mere words on paper could never compare. She finds a way to capture, so simply, all that is lovely and true. This tray (above) that she did for Anthropologie is especially affecting. […]

Blogroll Updates


It’s a work in progress, my massive blogroll page. I spent the afternoon trying to get it updated. Leave a message here if you want me to add you! (If I forgot you, I’m very sorry!) BEWARE: It rolls longer than the original “On The Road” manuscript… Hope you had a Happy Weekend! Glad my […]

Audrey Niffenegger’s take on Jane Austen


Audrey Niffenegger is not only a wonderful writer (I loved “Her Fearful Symmetry”), she’s also a compelling illustrator. After Penguin Classic’s success with Ruben Toledo’s take on “Pride and Prejudice,” the publishing house turned to Niffengger to re-imagine the covers of “Persuasion” and “Sense and Sensibility.”Here are the results — an entwined Anne Elliot and […]

English Muse Follow Back Campaign

I’m trying to get my act together on Twitter, after neglecting my account there for months. I even forgot my password. So…I’m launching my own little follow back campaign. Here are the rules: If you follow me on Twitter (@englishmuse), I’ll follow you back. (As long as you’re not a perv.) If you follow my […]

Wednesday Media Bits

A little round up of interesting stories on the Internet today: Facebook Targets Instagram with Photo Filters A look at John Galliano fluffing Kate Moss’s wedding veil California Earthquake Snobs: “I don’t get out of bed for under 7.2.” Grace Coddington in Profile Could Amazon Take Down ‘the New Yorker’? I hope you’re having a […]

Circles of Influence


I’ve been looking at this illustration for about an hour now. On one simple piece of paper, you can discover the six degrees of separation between Plato and Zadie Smith, J.J. Abrams and Isaac Newton, and Voltaire and Moby. It was created for the Debt issue of Longshot Magazine by Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly, […]

Thank you!!


I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments! It means so much to me! I LOVE the linkbacks to your blogs in the new comment form. I spent most of the day yesterday reading all your posts. I know there are millions of sites […]

Comments Wanted!


I noticed since I moved from Blogger to WordPress, the number of people leaving comments on my posts have plummeted. It’s very depression, actually. I’ve been feeling very alone on my blog lately. I know the WordPress comments form isn’t as simple as Blogger’s, but I made a little change that I’m hoping will encourage […]

Keepsakes: Recipes, Mementos, Miscellany


Frances Hansen’s lovely cookbook1/2 scrapbook, 1/2 recipe file: Some of my favorite cookbooks are exactly like this: packed with personal tidbits and recipes that date back generations. Frances’s book is collage poem to her family, but dedicated to her readers. She writes: “I dedicate this book to all those countless home cooks whom continually put […]

What are you doing this weekend?

Happy Friday everyone… Seems I’ve been writing a lot about Paris this week. I keep getting emails from Air France saying they’re having a grand summer sale with one-way fares around $250. And I really want to go. But, alas, I can’t for now… So here’s to a weekend of vicarious living. I just started […]

Updating my blogroll!

I just noticed that my blogroll cut off in the Bs. So, time to redo it! Do you want to exchange links? Leave a message here and I’ll add you! xo Photo by Cindy Loughridge

An afternoon at Shakespeare & Co., Paris


In 1951 on Paris’s Rue de la Bûcherie, American George Whitman opened an English-language bookstore called Le Mistral. The shop quickly became the center of literary culture in Bohemian Left Bank Paris, filling the void created when Sylvia Beach’s beloved Shakespeare and Company was shut down during World War II. Upon Beach’s death in 1962, […]

UFO over Paris and other illustrations


I love these whimsical illustrations by Los Angeles artist Josie Portillo. She explains the UFO/Paris concept: “For a while now, I have been obsessed with trees, UFO’s and Paris. I thought I’d go ahead and throw all of them in one painting.” Well why not: She did this one for National Public Radio’s 2012 calendar: […]

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