Category Archives: Nostalgia

To let our city die by degrees.

After visiting the Rizzoli Bookstore on its last day of operation to end a week where I’ve read Dustin Curtis on Facebook’s design and Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem, I’m seeing a thread through these three stories about how people … Continue reading

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The cronut at room temperature.

Three articles I read this week closely represent each an end of the tripole of my preferred brand of food writing: literary in tone, obsessive about material details, concerned with packaging and its relationship to social experience and individual perception, … Continue reading

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Before and after.

We watched a matinee of Before Midnight yesterday, and after dinner, while Christina packed for a trip to California, we re-watched Before Sunset and Before Sunrise (in that order, and finishing at precisely 11:59 pm yesterday). It really is the most unlikely and satisfying trilogy of movies, and I must confess that I found myself most engrossed – and entertained – by the newest installment. Continue reading

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The Chesapeake at sunrise.

This seems at once the wrong time and the best time in my life to start reading The Architecture of Happiness (or any other de Botton for that matter). Its central concern with the effects of architecture on emotional well-being … Continue reading

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Wash and fold.

Four weeks in, and I’ve figured out a useful trick to packing light for weekdays in New York: a wash-and-fold near the office where I can drop off my laundry before the weekend and pick it up at the start … Continue reading

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Stanton & Ludlow.

My host left a bottle of wine on the dining room table with a note to help myself to a glass. I did, and with the tub of olives I claimed from the leftovers of the LAMP party, I sat … Continue reading

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Moving to New York.

Washington, DC is the first place I’ve ever chosen to live. New York will be the second. I have accepted a job with Behavior, and it starts almost immediately. It’s sinking in that after seven years of calling DC home, … Continue reading

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Every letter counts.

2011 June 2, 8:46 pm As my live-tweeting of last week’s National Spelling Bee finals attests, my misspellings outnumbered my correct guesses by a factor of five, which led me to the realization that I am not a good speller. … Continue reading

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And you already know how this will end.

Tetris used to be a fixture of my mornings, a harbinger of the day ahead. It starts empty, builds rationally, and is led to disarray and disaster through series of unexpected events. There is almost always something left to clear. … Continue reading

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A Jeopardy drinking game.

(via Christina) 1. Pick a player (last night, it was Sara, since we were at her home). 2. Drink once every time they get a question right. 3. Drink twice every time they get a question wrong. 4. Waterfall when … Continue reading

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I fell in love once and it was completely.

via This Isn’t Happiness I watched the White Stripes in concert at the El Rey in 2002. It was game 6 or 7 of the Lakers-Kings series. Mikey, Eric, and I waited outside the venue before doors, listening to passers-by … Continue reading

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Ten thoughts for December.

Having been too busy last month to extend the ‘Nine thoughts for November’ franchise into 2010, I now return, with interest on late delivery, absent alliteration but with assonance. Happy new year. 1. On the last day of 2010, at … Continue reading

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