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Link Party: 2/13-2/17

My at-home deskscape, coming together.

My at-home deskscape, coming together.

Here’s something I want to share that recently came back to me — in an episode of Twin Peaks (side note: I have a soft spot for this show and I hope the revival isn’t garbage), FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper gives the Twin Peaks sheriff, Harry Truman, a solid gold piece of advice. “Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret,” he says. “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.”

That’s the advice I also have for you. I’m not a big fan of the treat yo’self ethos that millennials like to use as an excuse for spending money, but both you and I should enjoy life’s small joys when they come. I hope you feel the same way.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. I already pre-ordered Joan Didion’s South and West weeks ago, and this review makes me excited to get my hands on it.

2. Meet George Howell, the dude behind the third-wave coffee craze and the originator of the Frappuccino.

3. A tale of fighting a Spotify hacker.

4. The next big blue-collar job is coding.

5. The fear of a feminist future. (This essay was written back in October pre-election and makes the assumption Hillary Clinton would be president, which makes this extra oooof.)

And a bonus: I’ve become a Candle Person and this one is my favorite so far.

Enjoy your week.

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Link Party: 11/21-11/25

I got new bookshelves and I am living.

I got new bookshelves and I am living.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. The hygge conspiracy and the year’s most overhyped trend.

2. Authenticity in the age of the fake.

3. Reflections on Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, 50 years later.

4. What was “random“?

5. The Moon Juice gospel of self.

And a bonus: Homecoming, the podcast.

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Link Party: 6/15-6/19

This week's adventure: the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden.

This week’s adventure: the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. I’m glad I’m not the only person who thinks email is the worst.

2. This is a fascinating story about a totem pole John Barrymore stole from the Tlingit.

3. I didn’t expect the ending for this story titled “The Wetsuitman” and you won’t either but it a) is incredible storytelling and b) sheds much-deserved light on a problem that needs more attention.

4. How do you know you’re a woman?

5. A really great interview with Jessica Hopper, a highly respected rock critic.

And a bonus: This week I crossed Nora Ephron’s I Remember Nothing off my reading list, and am working on Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories and J.D. Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. If you have any recommendations, please send them over.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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