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Feeling seriously creatively depleted today and on the hunt for inspiration on the Internet. Dug through emails, gchats and bookmarks to find these. Add your inspiration. (Or save this for a rainy day)
- •Voicemails about books people love. One of my favorite projects on the Internet.
- •The pep talks are delightful, and the idea is genius.
Book dedications always delight me. Some of my favorites. Add yours!
- •Common Ground - J. Anthony Lukas
- •White Oleander - Janet Fitch
- •The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
I moved to New York from DC about two months ago.
- •The city rarely surprises me.I expect it to be all the things - multifaceted? complex? - and it is often all the things.
- •Laundry here will always be weirdThe concept of wash and fold is so novel; the fact that everyone adores this is so baffling. I love the convenience but the idea of strangers doing my laundry really weirds me out.
- •Christmas trees for sale, lining sidewalks! 🌲🌲🌲This is the most delightful thing.
- •Fates and Furies - Lauren GroffGoing to be up all night tonight reading this one.
- •The Fault in Our Stars - John GreenIt's not often I stay up all night or even just super late in order to finish a book, because I NEED my sleep. But this one, I couldn't put down when I read it a couple of years ago.Suggested by @LizDawson
- •The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren SumaI could not put this one down. Mean girls and ballet but also poetry and ghosts and prison. Mesmerising.Suggested by @bookishclaire
- •go to a bookstore
- •spend two hours trying to find something to buy
- •get overwhelmed
I moved enough growing up that I've always been fascinated by what makes a place home. When I moved a month ago, I started thinking about this again. A half-complete list of kind-of homes.
- •New York - a few weeksI've been here a month now. I was never one of those people who pined for New York, but there's a certain ease and inevitability in being here. Maybe I'm just growing up. People generally make a place feel like home, for me. I don't have many friends here yet, but for once I don't doubt that I will find them (there are so many people here! I'm sure I'll like a handful!)
- •DC - two yearsI love this city but it took years to feel like mine. I cycled through lots of people, lots of hobbies, lots of FOMO. All my friends from college were building lives together in London and I was stuck in a city where people said things like "patriotism is sexy".
- •Oxford - eight monthsI realized that Oxford was my weird college home when I got very sick right before spring vacation of my first year of college. And literally five of my new friends offered to let me (very contagious me) go home and recover with them.
Since I made a list of questions you should never ask me. Good questions. For me, for anyone. https://li.st/l/3187ff00-3374-45f0-9164-27903b35fb6b
- •What are you reading?
- •What are you excited about right now?This will probably be a long, gushing answer. Be prepared for my enthusiasm
- •What do you want to know more about?Most things.
- •Where are you from?I don't know how to answer this question. It makes me anxious. I grew up in lots of places and New York is home but I'm always a little homesick for London and DC and Mumbai, does that help?
- •No but where are you really from?Uh. My answer doesn't change just because you said really.
- •Where are your parents from?Where are *your* parents from? Seriously y'all. So many better questions to ask.
- •Did you grow up speaking English?People do this too often. It is never okay. Please just don't.
- •So I have a crazy idea
- •What if we do this thing that nobody else has done. It will be wonderful. It will be compelling. It will change the way we do all things!
- •So maybe there are some problems. Maybe I was thinking too big. Maybe I have to think smaller.
You know the kind of book you read and you want everyone to read so you can just talk about it. (On second read, this might just be a list of the most compelling books I read this year.)
- •Girl in the Woods by Aspen MatisI just finished this and feeling all the feels. None of my friends have read it but I can't stop talking, texting, thinking about it.
- •Detroit by Charlie LeDuffThis is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite writers. The important stories he tells! The storytelling!
- •The short and tragic life of Robert Peace - Jeff Hobbs