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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

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.

Anthropologie is currently stocking several of her pieces. She also has an online store, called Paper Boat Press.

Her blog is called Instinct and Grace.

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 East Coast friends are safe and sound!

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 a tempest in a teacup:

The Niffenegger edition of “Persuasion” is available now. “Sense and Sensibility” will be released in October, in celebration of the book’s 200th anniversary.

No word on whether Niffenegger will illustrate anymore Austen novels.
I’d love to see her interpretation of “Emma”!


English Muse Follow Back Campaign

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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 blog on GoogleFriendConnect, I’ll follow you too. (And I’ll read all your posts).

If you add me to your blogroll, I’ll add you to mine. (Which will make its debut tomorrow!)

If you subscribe to my RSS feed, I’ll send you flowers. (Or good thoughts).

If you’ve already done all those things, well, I love you and thank you.

Leave a message here…

Ok, that’s all!

Happy Thursday..

PS: Photo by Cannelle-vanille.

Wednesday Media Bits

Hello Weekend!

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 lovely day. It’s hot here in LA, and I’m staying inside by the fan, reading French Lessons by Ellen Sussman. A book that’s also ooh la la hot.

(Photo by Cassia.)

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