Saturday, October 22, 2005

Things I Have Been Thinking about This Week

(a partial list)

  • Hedgehogs
  • Cheese
  • My New Year's Resolutions for 2006
  • The Elements of Style, now illustrated by Maira Kalman. (I bought a copy at the opera on Wednesday night, and it's a gorgeous example of both creative illustration and fine bookmaking.)
  • The most beautiful indoor space in New York City: the Tiffany-colonnade room in the American Wing of the Metropolitan? the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library? Other nominations?
  • A novel and a picture book I want to acquire
  • The fact (and the excitement!) that Lisa's first draft of "Emily Ebers, Starting Over" is due on Monday
  • My lovely tall black boots, which I wore for the first time this fall this week
  • New clothes and makeup, and the uses of fashion in general
  • How to crash the New York City Marathon, just long enough to cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • The excellent, funny, sexy, smart novels of Jennifer Crusie
  • The equally excellent, funny, and smart essays on her website about writing and romance, particularly "The Five Things I've Learned about Writing Romance from TV"
  • Alan Rickman's voice
  • Rachel's birthday present
  • My next Scrabble play
  • Vegetable love
  • Zits
  • Purling
  • Friendship
  • Which of two novels I'm going to write for NaNoWriMo, and whether the hell I can actually write one
  • Literalism vs. imaginism, for lack of better terms -- living within certain rules of thought and action laid forth by an ancient text or leader, versus living unbounded -- and the consolations and perils of each
  • Better terms than "literalism" and "imaginism"
  • Marketing books with nonwhite characters to white people
  • Writers who are brilliant plotters and mystery-builders -- Joss Whedon, J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, others? (I would include J. J. Abrams, but I think he's actually more of a tease than a qualified mystery-builder, because he either doesn't know where he's going or he refuses to pay off.)
  • "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," posters for which have started to appear in NYC subway stations
  • "Elizabethtown," which I want to see, despite it's likely being incredibly frustrating
  • How having lots of money shapes (and especially warps) one's thinking
  • My bridesmaid's dress for my sister's wedding
  • "Entertainment Weekly"
  • Ted Kennedy's head

Your thoughts on any of these items or questions more than welcome.


  1. Kennedy's head sure is big.

  2. I have a first draft due Monday? Why didn't anyone tell me???!!!!


  3. Jenny Crusie is quite possibly the funniest woman alive. Ever sat down and had a conversation with her? Guaranteed laugh-out-loud, rolling-in-the-aisles hilarious. She talks exactly like she writes -- absolutely amazing.

  4. I'm a posting fool today.

    My nomination for the most beautiful indoor space in New York is Janet Cardiff's installation entitled Forty-Part Motet, (2001) at the MoMA. If you haven't seen it--or rather experienced it--I beg you to check it out. It's on the Cotemporary floor in new aquisitions.

    (tip: MoMA is free friday after 4)

  5. you would think as an architecture student I would have lots to say on beautiful indoor spaces in NYC, but my mind is a blank.

    however, I have lots to say about cheese. particularly stinky cheese. you know you can get free samples at Dean and Deluca (as well as otehr cheese counters) if you just go and show some interest in perhaps purchasing.

  6. What the dress look like??????????????
    You know who this is!