odds and ends / 9.4.2018







Haford Grange dandelion paperweights at Choosing Keeping (I bought the small one when I was there in June, and hope to buy the big one when I go back in October.)

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Ito Shinsui: Kibi (Approaching Storm). Taishō period, 1912-1926. Found here.

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Rembrandt van Rijn: The three trees, 1643.

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“The happy day has arrived,” he concluded, “when nobody any longer considers the plastics package too good to throw away.” Just one of the gasp-inducing lines in Rebecca Altman's heartbreaking history of the plastic bag, which is punctuated by Jan Stoller's disturbingly lovely photographs.

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Encountering grief, a guided meditation. (I had a miscarriage last month and this helped.)

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"An important, powerful, memorable book that invites us to look differently not only at The Iliad but at our own ways of telling stories about the past and the present, and at how anger and hatred play out in our societies. ‘The defeated go down in history and disappear, and their stories die with them.’ Barker’s novel is an invitation to tell those forgotten stories, and to listen for voices silenced by history and power.”

Emily Wilson on Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, which I can't wait to read.

(Sidebar gripe: why do U.S. editions get such boring covers? The cover for the U.K. edition is 1000% better.)

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New books for Hugh: The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie MorrisA Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin.

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The glamorous life of a Parisian honeybee (NYT).

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A tuna sandwich of note.

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Dazzling.