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Pregnancy Portrait by Michelle Morrison

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Pregnancy Portrait by Michelle Morrison

My friend Michelle Morrison is an artist who specializes in what she calls “Nudie Judies.” I adore them. When she posted the one above, I joked that I wanted her to add a belly so I could say it was me pregnant.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is set in a post-epidemic landscape, with 99 percent of the population having been wiped out. My favorite part:

Toward the end of his second decade in the airport, Clark was thinking about how lucky he’d been. Not just the mere fact of survival, which was of course...

New Year’s Rituals Around the World

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New Year’s Rituals Around the World
Around the world family, friends and loved ones come together on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to celebrate. In the United States we gather on New Year's Eve to "ring out the old and ring in the...

New Things I Learned This Week

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New Things I Learned This Week

Photograph by Elliott Erwitt

• I read an article that mentions anhedonia. It means living in the absence of pleasure or desire, an affliction sometimes related to depression.

• Have you seen these One Clique mix-and-match heels? You can pair a shoe upper...

Alone with Bob Dylan

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Alone with Bob Dylan

The Swedish film series Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone) explores how much of our enjoyment comes from company. Among other experiments, they arranged for Bob Dylan to play a concert for one man. (via Kottke)

Are you a person who does things on your own? If so, I’m curious about what types of...

8 Fun Places to Eat in San Francisco

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8 Fun Places to Eat in San Francisco

As part of my Life List goal of getting to know my city like the back of my hand, I’m collecting 100 of the best things to taste in San Francisco. These are 11-18:

Let’s go somewhere delicious and fun.

1. Pork Shumai at New Asia, $4.50 New Asia is...

Links For You

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Links For You

Artist photoshops herself into her mother’s childhood photos. (Daughter left, mom right.)

The Suitsy A business suit onesie, for men who’ve given up on getting laid.

Have you considered Tiny Cheese? A low commitment, low cost way to...

Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

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Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

The best parts of Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway:

‘The people one would see if one saw whom one wished to see. You know all of those people? You must know them.’ ‘Some of them,’ I said. ‘Some in Paris. Some in Berlin.’ I did not wish...

With traditional fishermen Laka Tana Bahir Dar, Ethiopia June…

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With traditional fishermen
Laka Tana
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
June…

With traditional fishermen

Laka Tana

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

June 2014 

Photo: Jennifer James

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

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Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

Hey look, it’s a contemporary author who has me waiting for her next novel. That doesn’t happen often.

I recently read Maggie’s Astonish Me, and while we wait for her next book, I thought I’d post my favorite parts of her first book, Seating Arrangements:

How had she,...

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