Best of 2013

Eve Tushnet has a great series where she posts her favorite books, movies, etc. from each year. I liked her post so much this year I decided to do my own! Best books read for the first time (non-fiction) Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx. This decade-long journalisticContinue reading “Best of 2013”

For me, the third place comes first.

The other day my friend Ivan linked me to this on Twitter after I wondered about the evolution of the café, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. So let me tell y’all about a little something called third place theory. The third place is a social space outside of homeContinue reading “For me, the third place comes first.”

St. Maria Skobtsova

If we decide responsibly and seriously to make the Gospel truth the standard for our human souls, we will have no doubts about how to act in any particular case of our lives: we should renounce everything we have, take up our cross, and follow Him. St. Maria Skobtsova, “On the Imitation of the MotherContinue reading “St. Maria Skobtsova”

summer in nova

I was walking home today on deserted, disjointed eighteenth century brick sidewalks not even trying to outrun the clouds, my red umbrella soaked carmine by lazy drainpipes more than summer rain. I was black and white against the taverns and cafés, sheets of water coming and going like the butler in an early film, andContinue reading “summer in nova”

Sunday morning

I like London when the sun has not yet come up, when the streets are a Saturday night massacre of glass and broken umbrellas. It is the city’s one quiet hour, when the drunkards have given out at last and the workers are not yet on the move and Mayfair might as well be aContinue reading “Sunday morning”

heat

It’s Algeria outside today, and I mean that in the existential sense, though the weather is cooperating – blissfully or blisteringly, depending on your point of view. As for me, I love the heat. I like walking down blindingly white pavement, the sun reflecting back in your face in case you tried to escape itContinue reading “heat”

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