Tuesday, March 12, 2013

wordless wednesdsay and purposeful idolatry.

words are a writers currency.
in the absence of words, here are their images:
virginia woolf
 the fitzgerald's
 john irving
 anne sexton
 agatha christie 
 patti smith
 gertrude stein
ernest hemmingway
truman copote

music monday, late to lunch.

SPIN Presents Austin Power: A SXSW 2013 Mixtape

Friday, March 8, 2013

we are so close we finish each others sandwiches.

I don't know how but I stumbled upon http://www.thestanfieldclan.com/ and http://www.thelifeofjake.com/ and decided to play along.  Nailed it?
1. People always tell me be less drunk.
2. In the movie based on my life, I would watch the Royal Tennebaums and tap my wooden finger.
3. Typically, I end up regretting absolutely nothing, I am infallible. 
4. I always ask to leave off the
5. Kim and Kanye really need to.  I don't understand the prompt, who are Kim and Kanye?
6. My Parents always reminded me that when in doubt, visit an art exhibit in another country.
7. Every single day I have a little snark.  No, that kind on tireless consistency is far too mediocre.
8. This one time in College I moved to London.
9. My grossest habit is obsessive joint cracking.
10. My latest white lie was claiming I don't know who Kim and Kanye are.
11. I know all the words to Juicy, so if you dont't know, now you know.
12. When I grow up I want to be exactly the way I am now, but grander.
13. Sexy time is not sexy if you call it that.
14. I will never, ever be your friend, not matter what, ever.
15. I think it's hilarious when people almost trip and immediately inventory of who saw it.   Yeah, we saw, you tripped.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another List Bites the Dust, Moorea Seal #9

wordless wednesday.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

music monday.


There was most definately a time in my life where your odds where 80/20 to assume that Bright Eyes was playing in the background. And then, one day, I just stopped, for no reason really. But I was in a book shop last week and heard someone listening to this song, not even over the speakers but through their own earphones, and I just like that, Conor was back. I will also never not love this album generally, but also this song specifically:


Madrid, Spain.

stay. westin madrid is a not too expensive stones throw from all major attractions, great lobby bar for pre-anything drink.  Admittedly it is completely western, as it is an American chain, but if that doesn't bother you, it will fit the bill.  
see.  Designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, the front of The CaixaForum has a pretty impressive vertical garden.  The CaixaForum Madrid is art exhibition space sponsored by the La Caixa Foundation and free of charge.  Also lovely for a long walk, bike ride or picnic, you should check out Buen Retiro Park (Jardines del Buen Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro which means "Gardens" or "Park of the Pleasant Retreat,") and is the one of the largest parks of the city.
eat. mercato san miguel is a cocktail hour slash farmers market.  I am sure there is a a formal approach to this but we just walked around buying, drinking and eating.  Find an issue with that, I dare you.

do.  Madrid is a museum-centric city at least in my experience and anyone considering a trip to Madrid knows the highlights: Goya, Velázquez, Bosch and the like. The golden triangle of art is: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and of course Museo del Prado, known for Velázquez's Las Meninas.  If you are interested in art, you should also see or at least google, Picasso's Las Meninas on display at  Museu Picasso in Barcelona.  Anyone who has spoken to me for more than five seconds knows I am obsessed with the Infanta Margaret Theresa, later Margaret Theresa of Spain (last photo).

drink.  Cervecería Alemana, Plaza Santa Ana 6 at Metro Sol, which is famous for being Ernest Hemingway's daily haunt (his table is the one in the near right-hand corner); Museo Chicote, try the Belen, made of Vermut, Apricot Brandy, Limon, y Champagne (if you don't make it to Chicote, try Del Diego).

misc.  el Raetro is the most popular open air flea market in Madrid.  It is held every Sunday and is located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores.  You can take the metro to La Latina.

shop.  Just like in New York there is a Camper and Desigual in most districts, so there is no thrill on that front.  However Bisquit, Bershka, and Ojala (no website) offer wallet friendly and local takes on street fashion.  I didn't do too much shopping outside of el Raetro, so take this with a decent heaping of salt, not just a grain.