Maggie Shipstead is a friend, she came to one of our Mighty Summits. I know someone at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop probably already told you this Maggie, but hell you can write.
A few of my favorite parts of Astonish Me:
He kissed her once, just before he left for college. it had been the kind of kiss that asks for something enormous.
For the first time she can remember, she is not afraid of failing, and the relief feels like joy.
One of Jacob’s greatest fears was that his life will not appear intentional.
She fears the slow, corrosive trickle of reality into his adulation.
She feels his love grow less dense around her, like a fog lifting.
She prefers Elaine to remain fixed in her old life like an obsolete weather instrument gathering data no one ever sees.
He felt like a sparkling silver parachute had opened around him, delicate as the billow of a jellyfish.
“I hate the city in the summer,” she said. “It’s like living inside a dog’s mouth.”
Joe Brouchu made a dog portrait using sprinkles, 221,184 rainbow nonpareils in six colors. It took him about eight months. (via Artstomer)
Comic by Nathaniel Russell, who sells cool stuff here.
Gretchen Rubin outlined her upcoming book on habit formation, Better Than Before, in 21 sentences, and I’ve been mulling a few of the concepts.
Adopting new habits, making choices automatic, is theoretically the simplest way to improve your life. I know this. But theory is so much more straightforward than practice. Theoretically all of us are lean, patient, well-rested people with flossing habits that would shame Sofia Vergara. (That woman flosses. Look at her.)
A few of the concepts I found appealing:
• Monitoring, “You manage what you monitor, so find a way to monitor whatever matters.”
• Identity, “Your habits reflect your identity, so if you struggle to change a particular habit, re-think your identity.”
• Scheduling, “If it’s on the calendar, it happens.”
Are you trying to change any habits? Or do you think you are who you are, and fighting it is just chugging uphill Sisyphus-style?
Yesterday, I came across a ring by Shinji Nakaba on Pinterest. He designs sculptural jewelry that deals in classical subjects, like the body, decay, botanicals. He’s based in Tokyo and specializes in glyptic art, which is carving of precious materials, particularly gemstones.
His tiny sculptures often read as detail shots of works from antiquity, and sometimes find direct reference points, like the David Ring above, which is the ideal gift for your inner 14-year-old boy.
He’s drawn to unusual materials as well.
He does lots of work with aluminum, and fashioned this hydrangea brooch from beer cans.
There’s not much information about Nakaba online in English, but it looks like this site featured him as a street-fashion subject. Unsurprisingly, the man is a hell of a dresser.
If you want something he’s made, his work is available for purchase here, and the prices don’t seem crazed given his talent. Go have a look.
I like it when real life reads like an Onion headline.
Thanks so much for the Minneapolis tips, everyone! I’m exploring like crazy and the food and cocktails here are so good. I made a reservation at Piccolo to celebrate our first night in town, and it was a huge treat.
I bit into this before I thought to take a photo, but that snowy dust is olive oil, which they powdered presumably using magics.
They have a 5-course tasting menu for only $55, and our waiter Xan made great suggestions for wine to pair with the courses.
The room was so sunny and happy. One of the nicest meals I’ve had.
Also, and maybe this sounds odd, but the bathroom was charming. Navy blue walls with a gold peacock feather wallpaper on one wall and lots of attention to detail. I liked it so much that I asked the waiter who designed it, and apparently it was the proprietor of a local boutique called Honeyshine. So if you go, make sure to stop into the loo.
4300 Bryant Ave. S.
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