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Sep 21

Gramatica Esencial, an abandoned textbook in a coffee shop. I like the cover.  (at 212 pier)

Gramatica Esencial, an abandoned textbook in a coffee shop. I like the cover. (at 212 pier)

I am really going for it on Twitter tonight

I am really going for it on Twitter tonight

it’s that time again  🌅

it’s that time again 🌅

Temporary tattoos used to be way less cool @flashtattoos #flashtats

Temporary tattoos used to be way less cool @flashtattoos #flashtats

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sarpa:

Wearing overalls in homage to Angela Chase and Lindsey Weir, but inspired by KBell in that new Samsung Ad.

WHERE DID YOU GET THESE OVERALLS I NEED THEM!!! ARE THEY CARHARTT? BUT WHERE! TELL ME WHERE!!!!

sarpa:

Wearing overalls in homage to Angela Chase and Lindsey Weir, but inspired by KBell in that new Samsung Ad.

WHERE DID YOU GET THESE OVERALLS I NEED THEM!!! ARE THEY CARHARTT? BUT WHERE! TELL ME WHERE!!!!

10 Books That Have Stayed With You

My friend sarpa challenged me to:

"List 10 books that stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list"

So here goes!

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams - I used to re-read this book once every year, although it’s been a while since my last re-reading. On my college applications this was what I always said was my favorite book. Sometimes it is still my answer to “what’s your favorite book.” It’s a beautiful work of fantasy with a love for nature and some of the tenets of environmentalism at its heart, and that has always spoken to me.
  2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - my mom kept telling me to read this book. Over and over and over again. I refused to, in the way we often refuse to accept our parents advice. She died, and I read it a year later. She was right. I love this book. I relate to Pi, to the way he is a member of not just one religion, but three. I’ve always felt that way. Like I am Christian, and Jewish, and Hindu, and Muslim and Buddhist, and why not? Why can’t I be all those things? I think that’s what my mom knew — she knew I would find a piece of my soul in this book, and I did. Also I love the names of the animals.
  3. The Bible - I am not particularly religious (or if I am, it’s personal), so this is from more of an academic stance. I’ve always enjoyed the stories of the Bible — the new testament and the old. I was a Religion minor in college and have about five different versions of various editions of The Bible as I was always fascinated by the different translations and interpretations. The Bible is used as justification for so much behavior in history, and I like understanding why.
  4. Nature and Walking by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau - Technically these are two books, but I read the edition that has both of them, and I remember after reading both essays, feeling that I once again found myself spiritually — I still joke that I’m a Transcendalist, because i see God in Nature everyday. These are the men who taught me to take the time to appreciate the world around me, and to respect that world.
  5. How to Be A Woman by Cailtin Moran - The way she writes about women, and about feminism… well this was the first book that I read that seemed to articulate my views of feminism better than I can. A must-read for women and any men who love women.
  6. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - I just finished reading this and its just-released sequel and I think what I’ve been so blown away by with these books is that it’s really well-done YA with an alien backdrop — which is a much more inventive dystopian future, in my opinion, as well as less easy to pull off convincingly. Also Yancey writes lyrically, and it’s beautiful.
  7. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman - The chapters about Einstein are a little boring, I will admit that, but each new exploration of time changed how I perceive time, and thus how I can approach my own life, and the passing of time as I experience it everyday. I became better at decision-making after I read this book, because I felt that if one version of me said yes, somewhere else, another version of me said no. And that’s comforting, to think that somehow you are able to live out all your paths in life.
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - A classic that was twisted, sure, but a fascinating look at human nature, and a story that has often stuck with me when I’ve been in deserted places with my peers. One summer on a month long sea-kayak trip up the coast of Maine I even invented a Lord of the Flies type game. Don’t worry I didn’t actually kill anyone.
  9. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard - “I had been my whole life a bell and never knew it, until that moment I was lifted and struck” is something I used to have written in everything — diaries, English papers, yearbook quotes, my AIM profile, when I spoke at my high school graduation I even referenced it. Dillard’s book helped me to define myself and my beliefs when I was 16, and I’m always thankful for that. And again, yes an undercurrent of preservation and environmentalism. Funny how making this list I realize that many of the books that have stuck with me the most have espoused the values of the modern sustainability and environmental movements.
  10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll - I love every iteration of this story — all the movies, all the other places in pop culture and literature it has resurfaced or is referenced or even repurposed. The fantastical elements, the druggy undertones, the simple truths, Alice’s journey through a warped, magical world — I don’t know, this has been a book I’ve always adored. It currently sits on my bedside table, in fact.

That’s that! Instead of tagging 10 friends I just want to offer this up to anyone to do and post! It’s fun. I love books. Books are great. We are so luck to have so many wonderful books to read…

“The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” — Pablo Picasso

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“It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.” — Rachel CohnNaomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

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Sep 20

Santa Monica’s finest phallic landscaping 🎍

Santa Monica’s finest phallic landscaping 🎍

“I used to dream about one day being at Wimbledon. I could taste the strawberries and cream I could see myself curtseying there at center court. And I didn’t make it there, obviously, as a tennis player, but let me tell you even though I had a mic in my hand instead of a tennis racket for ESPN when I went to cover it for the first time; to me it was like ‘check! Wimbledon.’ You have to be creative in reaching your goals and I think that’s what really helped me so much in my life both professionally and personally. Just not being too rigid. Having goals and setting goals, but being flexible with them and knowing that it might not quite look like how I think it’s going to look and that’s okay.” —

Robin Roberts

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