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I’m a follower of Nicholas Kristof‘s column and the Half the Sky movement he has led with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. After reading the book, I was inspired to sponsor women in Rwanda through Women for Women, and educated on
the potential of a girl’s education, despite the threat it poses. While this past Sunday’s column comes off as a softer subject in the midst of his usual reporting on inequalities around the world, it takes one to know Kristof to understand he actually really wants us to visit the far-off places, for the far-reaching potential that it would make the world a better place.

Read it here.

 

 

And, adding no. 53 of this to my to-do list.

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Faroe Islands. Photo by Hans J. Hansen.

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When WNYC (our local NPR station) announced they were doing a Radio Love Fest at BAM theater, I was torn about which show to go and see live. I was lucky to see two. I got to see Radiolab, which was fun and interesting, but not a huge departure from the format of the radio show, recorded on stage. The highlight was a surprise visit from Reggie Watts who is a brilliantly genius crazy person, and a master of live performance.

A few nights later, I saw This American Life with Ira Glass. I expected more or less the same sort of live recording of one of my favorite radio shows. If I could compare the level of expectation to what we saw that night, it would be something like strolling around the corner to the local bodega, and ending up on planet Saturn with dancing penguins synchronized to your favorite live band. While that might blow away your expectations, I also don’t want to give anything more away, and can only implore you to go to this link, pay $5 for the video download, and prepare to walk home happy that you took the long journey to the corner:

http://live.thisamericanlife.org

Trailer here:

 

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I am so excited about the latest book from Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler, Girls Standing on Lawns. Because wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to visit the moma with Maira Kalman and ask her what she thinks of all these photos? And it makes me wish I had access to my own family albums, to assess all the photos that were taken of me growing up, all pretty much on the same spot in our yard. And a new item for my to-do list, her paintings on view at the Julie Saul Gallery, ending soon on June 14.

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From The New York Times livelymorgue.tumblr.com — a collection of photos from the legendary photo archives.

Aug. 3, 1935: “First Aid for the lifeguard’s beauty and romance.” From the Mid-Week Pictorial, the young buck Derwood Brough, at a beach in Rochester, sported a “soft leather nose guard which he devised after his girlfriend had announced she would not go out with him if his nose became cherry red.” The caption did not say whether she would also not go out with him if he wore the soft leather nose guard.

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Went to church today, I mean yoga, and my favorite teacher reminded me of her favorite saying.
“Have a soft front and a strong back.”

What does it mean?

We often do the opposite, which makes it impossible to consider others if we are being hard in our hearts.

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For us low blood sugar a-holes! Get it here.

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“From a three screen slide show made for a lecture on The New Covetables given by Charles Eames during his tenure as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard, 1970-71.”

Some notable quotes:

” …somehow or another a bolt of cloth comes under that sort of heading of goods. The kind of goods that people sort of lay a great story on. The kind of things that you have a feeling of tremendous security about. And I don’t know if you remember quite, sort of, what goods are. But, this is the way a bolt of cloth looks. It’s fascinating because it is goods… ”

“These are goods… A ball of twine. Who would throw away a ball of twine? Because there’s something special about that ball of twine. Before the moment that’s it’s opened up and gotten into… Because as long as it’s somewhat of a seal, why, it’s an object to hold onto. Even the way that marvelous iron thing that the twine goes in so that the string comes down and in some sense you think it’s going on forever.”

“A keg of nails… boxes of candy are thought of as kegs of nails. But once into it, the beautiful mass of stuff which like a barrel of apples or a bushel of apples you think is going to last forever. Because once you open a keg of nails, how can you run through it?”

“Reams of paper. Haven’t you dreamed of reams of paper? It’s absolutely beautiful beautiful beautiful stuff… What you do with a ream of paper can never quite come up to what the paper offers in itself.”

 

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