bruce mau

I saw this on your school friend's wall on my birthday - very good stuff:
Lots more here:  http://www.brucemaudesign.com/4817/112450/work/incomplete-manifesto-for-growth


on writing

There's only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that's a writer sitting down to write.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer's life.  ~James Norman Hall

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector.  This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.  ~Ernest Hemingway, interview in Paris Review, Spring 1958


little things to remember

hey shp, you never post on here anymore...

Anyway, just thought I'd share some advice I came across while researching gluten free life (I know, it's a cliche these days, but I'll explain why I'm giving it a try next time we chat on phone.)

From here: 

"5. Some people are velvet hammers. They slipcover their will with flattery and soft persuasion. And some people are just hammers. And they are exhausting.

6. You always feel better after taking a walk.

12. It's really not about you. It's all about them.

14. There are certain people who bring out the best in you. Just being around them raises your game, makes you a better version of yourself. Let go of those who whittle you down, little by little, to fit you into their smaller experience of the world.

20. Control deflates love.

24. Eat more quinoa. It's easy. It's vegan protein. And it's good for you.

25. When someone is taking your photograph don't face them squarely, front forward. Turn your shoulders and hips to one side. Unless you've just eaten a huge bowl of guacamole.

27. The most potent sexual organ is your heart.

28. Baking bread makes a house feel like a home.

42. Trying to fit in rarely works out. You can try it on for size, but the chafing will leave a mark.

51. Ridicule is easy. Creating is hard.



something to look into:  http://www.redbubble.com/about


lovely pattern blog: http://printpattern.blogspot.com/


herve tullet

have you seen these books?  brilliant!  so much fun!

here's some images from inside the book with a hole:



Isn't this so lovely?!  It's from a 1960's guide to swimming safety that I found in a free box this weekend.

Hm...I think I just realized what's wrong with my life... I haven't been swimming in ages!  I need to remedy this... will keep you posted.

on being lumpy and wandery and eating well

Author Gary Shteyngart takes long ambling walks to eat good food and look at the city. 

He says: "NO HURRY I take it very easy. There’s no need to rush — I get up around 11."  and  " These Sunday walks are actually much more helpful to my writing than almost anything else." 

read the whole article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/nyregion/for-gary-shteyngart-hunting-food-and-ideas-on-sundays.html


maurice sendak in PA

Did you know this museum in philadelphia has most of sendak's original art?  including this mural.  let's go to there.




laura carlin

Ohh, I like this gal.  Have you heard of her?  See more here.  (and be sure to check out the other illustrators represented by Heart, there's some good stuff!)



Jonah Lehrer on the virtues of "unstructured play" here.

"A 2007 study published in Science, for instance, compared the cognitive development of 4- and 5-year-olds enrolled in a preschool that emphasized unstructured play – they were using Vygotsky’s “Tools of the Mind” approach – with those in a more typical preschool. After two years, the students in the play-based school scored better on cognitive flexibility, self-control, and working memory, all of which have been consistently linked to academic and real-world achievement. According to the researchers, the advantage of play is that it’s often deeply serious – the best way to get kids to focus, to exercise those attentional circuits, is to let them have fun."


ahhh! the cuteness!

the best part is when she says, "One day I'm gonna whistle?"


Google art thinger

have you seen new google thing?  is awesome!  go here.




(I found it on this gal's flickr page.)


picture book marathon.

I just signed up for a picture book marathon.   It starts on Feb. 1 and lasts a month!  I know you're too busy in school to try it but the website has some good writing tips and brainstorm ideas.


Gives joyful childhood

I found this for sale in my wanderings around town yesterday.  Yes, it does say, "Gives joyful childhood which children never obliterates."  Pretty amazing, no?!

There's Going to Be a Baby!

Have you seen this yet?  It's really lovely.  And written by John Burningham!  And illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (who is also brilliant and married to John Burningham!)  Be sure to read it next time you are at a book store. 

Toshiyuki Fukuda

lots and lots more here.


Kveta Pacovska

 She is in her eighties!!!  can't find much about her online. 

Polly Dunbar has the fanciest webpage ever!

see it in action here.