Book posters – my new design want

I’m trying to steer clear of bring more gig posters into our apartment, and while searching through, I came across this:

I’m now totally obsessed with book posters.This is one of my favorites:


July 26, 2009. Tags: , , , . Design, Nora, Pretty, Want. Leave a comment.

Circle chair reminds me of that Yo Mamma joke

When yo mamma sits around the house, she sits AROUND THE HOUSE

But books

February 23, 2009. Tags: , , . Is this pretty?, Nora. Leave a comment.

Cantilever table

I really love how this is ultra modern but still looks very Eames-era.

from this place

September 4, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Nora, Pretty, Want. Leave a comment.

Aw crap.. sorry I emailed you

Pre-coffee this morning, I’m checkin’ my email doing my morning warm-up.. Perez, Facebook, etc. etc… until:

“You have sent 291 invitations to GoodReads!”

Fuck! Cancelcancelcancel.

Seriously, If you use this site you can see how it was possible for me to have sent an invitation out to everyone in my Gmail contacts .. but, just a heads up, it was an accident.  Whoops!  But while we’re at it.. why not recommend some books to me.. I am reading teen vampire stories, so maybe this was divine intervention..

August 27, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Emily, FYI, Matate. 2 comments.

Shh! Library sex! Scandalous!

Literary sex scenes taking place in libraries! Thanks L Magazine.

Sorry if this is explicit.. but I think it’s kind of great (nerdy and sexy!) and the library make-out is totally the best part of Atonement.

August 25, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , . Emily. Leave a comment.

No one belongs here more than you

My posting hiatus has ended because this book is so good.  A recommendation from Steph, I can’t put it down, and will probably buy it for everyone I know this Christmas.  Just check out Miranda July’s website for the book because if I didn’t sell you on it yet, this will.   Just go buy it, I promise you’ll like it, see here’s proof:

me: i LOVE miranda july
 Stephanie: AH! i’M SO HAPPY!
cause I talked it up to a lot
 me: ah it is great
  i practically have to stop after every story just so it can sink in
Stephanie: yeah, there are certain stories I’ve read over and over again
 the shared patio is my favorite
  or maybe the one I’ve just read the most times
 me: i love the swim team
 Stephanie: me too!!
 me: i just made my mom read it
 Stephanie: I actually read that story aloud coming back from ocracoke
 I was like “you’re gonna listen to this and you’re gonna like it!”
  did your mom like it?
me: loved it
Stephanie: you don’t know how much this is making my day
  I like to spread the joy

August 1, 2008. Tags: , , , . Emily, Steph, World saving. 1 comment.

A very, very clever cover to a very, very brilliant essay

This is the cover for the new edition of Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction that will be a part of Penguin’s Great Ideas series:

The essay is also great. If you are looking for a great piece of cultural criticism, you can read the entire essay on

See the rest of the covers here.

July 3, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Dan, Is this pretty?, Pretty, World saving. Leave a comment.

Read up!

ps.. I found this by doing a Google image search for “Really old torah.”

April 30, 2008. Tags: , . Emily, FYI, World saving. Leave a comment.

Brooklyn Modern: A book I might read

I think I could read this book, and not just actually skim the pages. Brooklyn Modern’s website claims that it’s “the first book to explore the connection between Brooklyn’s astounding rebirth and its emerging architecture.”

Oh yeah? Well so is your face. Ha.

April 15, 2008. Tags: , , . FYI, News, Nora, Pretty. 1 comment.

Literary dealbreakers

Full article  here , from NYT: 
Some years ago, I was awakened early one morning by a phone call from a friend. She had just broken up with a boyfriend she still loved and was desperate to justify her decision. “Can you believe it!” she shouted into the phone. “He hadn’t even heard of Pushkin!” We’ve all been there. Or some of us have. Anyone who cares about books has at some point confronted the Pushkin problem: when a missed — or misguided — literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast. At least since Dante’s Paolo and Francesca fell in love over tales of Lancelot, literary taste has been a good shorthand for gauging compatibility. These days, thanks to social networking sites like Facebook andMySpace, listing your favorite books and authors is a crucial, if risky, part of self-branding. When it comes to online dating, even casual references can turn into deal breakers. Sussing out a date’s taste in books is “actually a pretty good way — as a sort of first pass — of getting a sense of someone,” said Anna Fels, a Manhattan psychiatrist and the author of “Necessary Dreams: Ambition in Women’s Changing Lives.” “It’s a bit of a Rorschach test.” To Fels (who happens to be married to the literary publisher and writer James Atlas), reading habits can be a rough indicator of other qualities. “It tells something about … their level of intellectual curiosity, what their style is,” Fels said. “It speaks to class, educational level.” 

Peter Arkle



March 30, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Crush, Emily. Leave a comment.