“To keep my health, to do my work, to love, to live; to see to it I gain and grow and give and give; never to look behind me for an hour, never to wait in weakness, nor to brag in power, always working, searching for more truth and more light”
— our bottle of Dr. Bronner’s hemp lavender castile soap

I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good - Nina Simone

My parents aren’t really what you’d call “music people”, though over the years they amassed a supreme record collection that I have inherited much of. One of the few musicians that my mother really encourage me to listen to was Nina Simone. She sounds like growing up, like learning to enjoy records, and like being alone in my room and first discovering something new that I loved.

I think of this song on Mondays a lot, and on particular ones like today, it can beat inside of you like a drum. 

Carolina Mackintosh's photography series Thigh Deep somehow makes skinny dipping look elegant. My memories of such things involve too much Smirnoff Ice and underage breaking-and-entering into my neighborhood pool….she wins.  

“We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.”
— Eduardo Galeano
Knee decorated by Picasso, 1950, photograph by Robert Picault

Knee decorated by Picasso, 1950, photograph by Robert Picault

With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley

"Now, some days they last longer than others but this day by the lake went too fast." This song is just the perfect thing for windows-down road trips to my family’s house on Smith Mountain Lake. August, please don’t ever end!

Vintage Michelle Pfieffer, she’s just the very loveliest.

things i can and cannot do while cooking:


Use every single utensil in the kitchen


Use anything less

El Pecador - Los Panchos

Sundays…if it were possible to wrap you up and take you around in my pocket, I would.

Her manner is shy, but casual and friendly, and her gamine face crinkles easily into an attractive, rather secret smile. She wore a simple black sweater and gray skirt; if she is a vain girl the only indication of it was her high-heeled shoes, which were of elegantly worked light gray leather.

-Francoise Sagan

His memory for dates is superhuman. Without consulting a diary or datebook, he would say things to me like: “The four worst summers of my life were in ’92, ’01, ’07, and ’08”; “I started working on Imperial Bedroomsin June ’06, and during that time The Informers premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of ’09 but opened theatrically in the U.S. in April of ’09, and then I finished Imperial Bedrooms in May ’09”; “I left New York for good, and with a bad coke hangover, on June 16, 2006.”

-Brett Easton Ellis

Well, I don’t know. I know Dostoyevsky was always in a miserable state, but you can’t say he deliberately chose psychological discomforts. No, I doubt that strongly. I don’t think anyone chooses these things, unless unconsciously. I do think many writers have what you might call a demonic nature. They are always in trouble, you know, and not only while they’re writing or because they’re writing, but in every aspect of their lives, with marriage, love, business, money, everything. It’s all tied together, all part and parcel of the same thing. It’s an aspect of the creative personality. Not all creative personalities are this way, but some are.

-Henry Miller

I have dedicated myself to reading the entire back catalog of The Paris Review’s Art of Fiction series.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

“I guess we often get the deep blues, both of us, and wonder what it all means - the people, the buildings, the day by day things, the waste of time, of ourselves.”
— Charles Bukowski

Face-o-Mat performing at “Liste” during Art Basel 2014

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