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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, […]

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