• New England Nation by B. Daniels
  • Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
  • Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexeivich
  • Lincoln on the Verge by Ted Widmer
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
  • A History of Magic by Ben Davies
  • Fight of the Century , ed. by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
  • Spain in Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild
  • The Studs Terkel Reader
aug 21 2020 ∞
aug 21 2020 +
  • James Baldwin's collected essays
  • Killing Trayvons , edited by Jeffrey St. Clair
  • The Radical King by Martin Luther King
  • James Agee's film writing
  • Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky
  • Alan Bennett's diaries
  • Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon
  • The Most of It by Mary Ruefle
aug 9 2020 ∞
aug 9 2020 +
  • Sundial by L.C. Morse
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn
  • Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash
  • All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The Street by Ann Petry
aug 2 2020 ∞
aug 9 2020 +
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  • Trumpet
    • Hugh Masekela
    • Miles Davis
    • Clifford Brown
    • Kenny Dorham
    • Mathias Eick
    • Donald Byrd
    • Chris Botti
    • Louis Armstrong
  • Saxophone
    • John Coltrane
    • Cannonball Adderley
    • Paul Desmond
    • Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    • Coleman Hawkins
    • Johnny Hodges
    • Dexter Gordon
    • Joshua Redman
    • Sonny Rollins
dec 13 2016 ∞
dec 17 2018 +
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  • A library
  • A playground
  • Water (or at least a nice fountain)
  • Evidence of autumn and spring
  • Communities of color
  • Family members and good friends
aug 24 2014 ∞
sep 10 2014 +
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  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cherries
  • Cucumber
  • Egg whites
  • Garlic
  • Honeydew Melons
  • Lettuce
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes
  • Water
  • Watermelons
  • Yogurt
sep 18 2012 ∞
sep 18 2012 +
  • Historical Atlas of Maine by Stephen J. Hornsby
  • A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia Savage McAlester
  • Metropolitan Washington, D.C. by Thomas Brothers Maps
  • The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman
  • The Travel Book by Lonely Planet
  • The World of Ice & Fire by George R.R. Martin et. al.
  • The 40s by The New Yorker
  • The Great Movies III by Roger Ebert
  • The Secret Language of Relationships by Gary Goldschneider
  • The 50s by The New Yorker
aug 9 2020 ∞
aug 9 2020 +
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  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Central Park North
  • Harlem
  • Kew Gardens
  • Lincoln Square
  • Lower East Side
  • Park Slope
  • Prospect Heights
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Fort Tryon Park
  • SoHo
oct 10 2014 ∞
dec 17 2018 +
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  • Everything smells like coconut sunscreen.
  • It's acceptable to wear casual sundresses to work.
  • My hair gets natural red and gold highlights.
  • Peaches and strawberries and blueberries are fresh.
  • People bring their babies out for show and dress them in adorable little bonnets.
  • Water tastes extra-delicious.
  • You can eat meals on the screened-in porch in the garden.
aug 7 2012 ∞
nov 1 2014 +
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  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • City Lights (1931)
  • The Searchers (1956)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • The General (1927)
  • On the Waterfront (1954)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Chinatown (1974)
jan 19 2012 ∞
jan 19 2012 +
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  • Art museums
  • Bay windows
  • Cherry trees
  • Clear night skies
  • Clearings in the woods
  • Fields full of tulips
  • First snow, when it's so pristine that it sparkles
  • Hammocks
  • Indian summer
  • Italian restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Jacuzzis
  • Libraries (and occasionally, used bookstores)
  • Little silver bells
  • Monet paintings
  • Observatories
  • Old-fashioned European trains with compartments
  • Open fields
  • Outdoor movie screenings
jan 4 2012 ∞
mar 22 2013 +
  • Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
  • The Life of Langston Hughes by Arnold Rampersad
  • Neruda: The Poet's Calling by Mark Eisner
  • Reclaiming 42 by David Naze
  • Paul Robeson by Martin Duberman
  • Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula Giddings
  • The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott
  • Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
  • For Freedom's Sake by Chana Kai Lee
aug 9 2020 ∞
aug 9 2020 +
  • Remembering birthdays
  • Selecting apt quotations
  • Inventing both sides of a witty exchange inside my head
  • Finding alternate routes to avoid people
  • Micro-editing audio clips in Final Cut Pro
  • Experiencing second-hand embarrassment
  • Writing thank-you notes
  • Spelling
  • Making correct grammatical decisions intuitively
  • Giving dirty looks
  • Spotting Orion’s Belt
feb 26 2013 ∞
may 23 2020 +
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Note to self.

  • Food
  • Drink
  • Decompression-focused alone time
  • Meditation/positive reflection
  • Second wind
  • At least eight hours of sleep
  • Sunlight
  • Fresh air
  • A nice view
  • Warmth (and cool temperatures in the summer)
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Self-esteem/compliments
  • Relative physical comfort
  • Hugs
apr 1 2017 ∞
apr 1 2017 +
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  • There's always smoke drifting up from chimneys in my small New England city.
  • Hot cocoa becomes the staple drink.
  • It's an excuse to wear ugly patterned sweaters and colorful scarves.
  • You can go ice skating.
  • You can wage snowball wars.
  • Breath turns into mist.
  • The handmade quilts and afghans come out of the highboy.
  • People in our neighborhood put candles in their windows.
  • How cold it is makes for easy small talk with strangers.
  • I feel less guilty about not exercising.
jan 4 2012 ∞
jan 4 2012 +