29 January 2009

So long, farewell

Now, more than ever before, do we get the opportunity to reflect on how interconnected everything is. When one thing slips, everything tumbles. Sorry for the cliche visual. This came home to me yesterday when reading twitters and tweets and blog posts about Domino folding. I mean, I know that the milk I buy supports the farmers who produce it, and the produce I buy from the bazaar allows farmers to plant more. This year, more than ever I've said my prayers countless times thankful that I have healthy food to eat. But somehow, the idea of Domino disappearing has hung over me the last two days. It makes me grumpy. I was so excited last summer when I was able to get an international subscription, and it started showing up in my tiny mailbox. What will take Domino's place? In this (cringe) economic state, will anything? My guess is that we have been slowly taking over its role by blogging about shelter and interiors, as House Obsession said yesterday.

Like Sassy, Jane, and Raygun (I miss Raygun!)*... my first introduction to how hip and consumable font and graphic design can be, Domino will have its vigil. Should have kept those back issues.

*I mean, come on, who didn't love a magazine that had Iggy Pop, Jamiroquai, Rage Against the Machine, Kiss, and Liz Phair covers with nearly unreadable font? Images taken from David Carson's design website, once designer for Raygun.

18 January 2009

Get the Look

If other people plan their blog posts, I'm more of a fly by night blogger; when I see something that gets my attention I share it. Typically it is something that lands in my inbox with bright and pretty colors, so when I started receiving Etsy's Get The Look email, it dawned on me how brilliant it was. Through Etsy sellers like Spruce Home you can buy handmade and/or vintage items that resemble the ones you see in beautifully arranged and designed interior of people's homes as seen in Design*Sponge or The Selby. Not only does that tap into my weakness for coveting other people's things, it inspires that jealousy to action by shopping handmade. Which is not guilt-ridden in the slightest.

13 January 2009

Susy Jack

Love this heart and arrow set from Susy Jack! I hadn't been really thinking ahead to Valentine's Day, but I think this would be nice for my sweetie any time of year. I also love Susy Jack's website. Her banner has a hand-drawn and graphic feel to it, and as far as subscribing to a list is concerned, her announcements are infrequent enough that I get excited to see them in my in-box, but not so much so that I forget about her work. You can read her stylish and readable blog here.

06 January 2009


Today when I logged into Twitter, I saw something that made me laugh: 23 following, 23 followers, 230 updates!

05 January 2009

The Corrections

The Corrections The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I want to give it a 3 star, but I can't because it is much better than that, and the book knows it. But I can't give it 5, either, because it annoyed me so much the whole time I read it. Sort of like when I nearly failed my driver's test at age 16 and my instructor said, "I don't want to pass you, but I will." You have to admit the book is clever, well written, and extremely self-possessing (if you like that in a book), but there were a number of times I wanted to hit myself over the head with it from sheer exhaustion. In one book, every intellectual anecdote, clever turn of a phrase, and insightful analysis of nearly everything one might encounter in 21st century Western society was held together with impressible force. It is good. Really good. But I didn't like it. I laughed, but didn't think it was funny. As one other reviewer commented, You must read it. You'll just be irritated with it the entire time.

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