• 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 +
  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Personal essay
  • Travel writing
  • Music, art, or book criticism
  • Journalism
  • Blogging
  • Literary translation
  • Nonfiction novel / metafiction
  • True crime
  • Oral history
  • Radio essay
  • Video essay
  • Nature writing
  • Science writing
  • Docudrama
  • Eulogy / obituary
  • Grimoire
  • Guidebook
  • Personality quiz
  • Journals
may 7 2017 ∞
may 7 2017 +
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  • "Holocene" - Bon Iver
  • "Winter Prayers" - Iron & Wine
  • "River" - Joni Mitchell
  • "Tracks in the Snow" - The Civil Wars
  • "White Winter Hymnal" - Fleet Foxes
  • "I Am a Rock" - Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Winter Trees" - The Staves
  • "Snow Day" - Matt Pond PA
  • "Girl from the North Country" - Bob Dylan
  • "Faded from the Winter" - Iron & Wine
  • "Winter's Night" - Joshua Hyslop
  • "Winter Is Blue" - Vashti Bunyan
aug 11 2016 ∞
oct 23 2016 +
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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 +
  • "Silhouette in the Shadows" - Joel Christian Goffin
  • "Rewrite the Stars" - James Arthur
  • "Blue Moon" - Roy Eldridge
  • "Pack Up Your Sorrows" - Judy Collins
  • "Just the Two of Us" - Rhiannon Giddens
  • "Stolen Dance" - Milky Chance
  • "Elegy for the Arctic" - Ludovico Einaudi
may 23 2020 ∞
aug 9 2020 +
  • 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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  • "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" - Bob Dylan
  • "Little Green" - Joni Mitchell
  • "North Swallow" - Barn Swallow
  • "Whispering Grass" - Sandy Denny
  • "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" - Tom Lehrer
  • "Prairie Spring" - Jay Ungar
  • "Leaving on a Jet Plane" - Peter, Paul & Mary
  • "April Come She Will" - Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Wildflowers" - Ana Egge
  • "So Early, Early in the Spring" - Judy Collins
  • "Wild Mountain Thyme" - The Byrds
  • "Bloom" - The Paper Kites
aug 11 2016 ∞
oct 23 2016 +
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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 +
  • Conversations with D.
  • Long avenues lined with lovely houses
  • Nice, calm self-care days
  • Vintage GH
  • Rain on the windowpane
  • Flavored seltzer
  • Half-frozen peach yogurt
  • Macarons
  • Mother's Day
  • Inside Out
  • Popcorn and Netflix
  • Dog Whisperer
  • Cherry blossoms
  • Chinese food
  • Frosted flakes
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Talking to M., when she's more relaxed
may 23 2020 ∞
aug 9 2020 +
  • 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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  • "Geronimo" - Sheppard
  • "Going Up the County" - Canned Heat
  • "Belly of June" - Horse Feathers
  • "Summersong" - The Decemberists
  • "Julep" - Punch Brothers
  • "Get Together" - The Youngbloods
  • "Summer Skin" - Death Cab for Cutie
  • "Gatekeeper" - Feist
  • "For the Summer" - Ray Lamontagne
  • "Someday Soon" - Judy Collins
  • "Let's Go" - Handsome and Gretyl
  • "Dandelion Wine" - Gregory Alan Isakov
aug 11 2016 ∞
oct 23 2016 +
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  • "September Grass" - James Taylor
  • "Cinder and Smoke" - Iron & Wine
  • "Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac
  • "Harvest Moon" - Neil Young
  • "Apocalypse Lullaby" - The Wailin' Jennys
  • "Urge for Going" - Joni Mitchell
  • "The Stable Song" - Gregory Alan Isakov
  • "See the Changes" - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • "Woodland" - The Paper Kites
  • "Copperline" - James Taylor
  • "Thanksgiving Waltz" - Jay Ungar
  • "John Brown's Body" - Gregory Alan Isakov
aug 11 2016 ∞
jan 2 2017 +

These are all me.

  • Characterized by emotional intensity
  • Longs for special attention
  • Wants to be seen as unique and profound
  • Doesn't give in to peer pressure easily
  • A romantic
  • Aesthetically and artistically oriented
  • Difficulty dealing with day-to-day reality
  • Addicted to emotions
  • Likes to give others special attention
  • Aspires to live imaginatively, romantically, and profoundly
  • Likes "sublime" language
  • Style is as important as substance
  • Wants to be pursued by sexy and mysterious people
  • Similarly typed celebrities: Johnny Depp, Edgar Allen Poe, James Dean, James Taylor, and Judy Collins
  • Has the courage to show genuine feelings
jun 7 2014 ∞
jun 7 2014 +
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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 +