Semi-regular posts about what we’re interested in right now. See more of these posts here.
1. leonard koren
for awhile now i’ve been interested in principles of japanese aesthetic and philosophy, and specifically as they have been recorded by leonard koren, whose books on wabi-sabi, ‘object placement,’ and plantlife have been hugely influential to me in the last year. that said, i really enjoy this 2010 nytimes “at home with” feature on him. specifically their description of his work: ‘deceptive modesty.’ something to think about.
2. flannery oconnor’s prayer journals in the new yorker
“…You are the slim crescent of a moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all the moon. The crescent is very beautiful and perhaps that is all one like I am should or could see; but what I am afraid of, dear God, is that my self shadow will grow so large that it blocks the whole moon, and that I will judge myself by the shadow that is nothing. . . .”
/// so so so so good. ///
3. coconut oil
my mom is obsessed with coconut oil’s health principles and forever i was like, yada yada, what am i supposed to cook my eggs in this? one day i randomly decided to put it on my face and god GOD people, this stuff rules. even on my skin–which errs toward the oily side–it’s the perfect end-of-day cleanser and makes my face incredibly soft. smells like beachy vibes.
4. ernest hemingway’s hamburger recipe in the paris review
papa’s a genius. this may be my favorite thing i have read all year? Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan in the paris review on ernest hemingway’s obsessive food specificity, including his hamburger recipe, special order grocery list, and these little gems:
On avocados: “We like avocados but we don’t want them every day. … When you serve an avocado, do not also serve tomatoes, radishes, or peppers. The avocado is enough for us.”
On the Hemingway cow: “All milk is to be used for the cats.”
1. st. james infirmary blues
so this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but i’m kind of obsessed with this scene from snow white by the fleischer brothers. this short is very different from the disney version which came out only a few years later. the fleischers invented a rotoscope machine and so they filmed the very popular skat singer cab calloway doing his signature dance move and then used the footage to rotoscope calloway dressed up like one of their characters, coco the clown. i’ve watched it over and over again. (image source is a screenshot from the link)
2. rye bread
so sometimes i forget that i’m jewish. i’m not particularly religious and besides for the fact that once in awhile i’ll get some incomprehensible hebrew song stuck in my head, i live pretty agnostically. but, recently, i’ve had a huge craving for rye bread. i want it all the time. so we bought some this weekend and we’re already done with the loaf. ohhh genetics.
3. life drawing
i am in a life drawing class for my program and it’s quickly becoming my favorite. i thought i’d be nervous because the models are nude, but turns out i’m actually mature and can handle it! i can already feel my skills improving and it’s just really exciting. ps-in the class in which i made this photo we had to also draw the bones inside of the figure.
4. cotton candy grapes
just try them i promise!