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Columbia Road last spring

My weekly collection of the thoughtful, complex, beautiful and good.


  • “Who are you knitting for?
  • Mirrorball by Mary Gaitskill. This short story is a cautionary tale for all women; all people who fall in love, really.
  • Now this chapter in our lives is shut | Annie Atkins
  • Wonder dog (this made me cry on the tube, but I was very tired) | NYT
  • “Think of it like, you have two careers,” my older brother said. “You have your school career and your job. It’s like starting over at Kindergarten.” | Arianna Stern at Emily Books
  • Allegra Goodman’s short story “La Vita Nuova” | The New Yorker
  • Anita Desai is often asked by the practically-minded, “How did you manage to write all those books while raising your children?” | Prospect Magazine
  • On blinking | Paris Review


  • Fifteen seconds into what looks like a video of a friend’s wedding, Benedict Cumerbatch starts dancing.
  • Kawaii Chika-san’s incredible studio. I think we all love studios because by their very existence they say “I take my work seriously and I deserve to.” | hello sandwich
  • Look at this Sunday roast | Keke
  • The noble cabbage | sprink
  • Johanna Calle draws ledger forms and graph paper and then delicately distorts it | Present&Correct


  • Lana Del Rey is “writing herself into existence” | WSJ
  • Madonna acts just like a serious male artist would – and people hate her for it | Naomi Wolf
  • “Every Jewish kid grew up wanting to play the violin. Now it’s true among Asians.” Can Asians save classical music? | Slate Magazine
  • What’s the appeal of the handmade-by-someone-else valentine?
  • The Prius Fallacy: a belief that switching to an ostensibly more benign form of consumption turns consumption itself into a boon for the environment. |


  • My wrap up of the week’s top strategy + creativity + marketing reads on Nextness.
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  1. (The Prius Fallacy: a belief that switching to an ostensibly more benign form of consumption turns consumption itself into a boon for the environment.) Excellent find ~ & ~ SO TRUE!

    February 10, 2012
  2. These are always a pleasure, Jessica. I’m so pleased you started doing it!

    February 10, 2012
  3. Mary Gaitskill and Allegra Goodman in one summary. now i have to read everything. i love these posts. but they do dominate my nights.

    February 10, 2012
    • You’re supposed to briefly survey them and pick out what interests you! But yes when there’s a Mary Gaitskill and an AG, you can’t pass over them.

      February 10, 2012
  4. I always bookmark these posts so I can go through and read the articles when I have more time, but I had to IMMEDIATELY watch the Cumberbatch dancing video. Amazing. I was in such a pissy mood, but now I’m just a smiling idiot indulging in a spat of unrequited actor-love.

    It’s a toss-up between what I love more – this… or the video where he’s reading a picture book aloud.

    February 10, 2012
  5. Hmm, I’m not sure what I think about Liz Phair’s analysis of Lana Del Rey. A lot of the criticism aimed at Del Rey is totally sexist and hypocritical. But there’s another side of me that thinks that it doesn’t necessarily mean we should endorse what she’s doing. It seems so empty to me – she seems so empty. I find it hard to get anything out of her. I’m just bored with cool hipster mode of self-consciousness without substance. Maybe that’s harsh, but I would feel the same were she a male artist – I can honestly say that. Also, what did you think of Wolf’s analysis of Madonna? I’m ambivalent about that article too …

    Great list, as usual!

    February 10, 2012
  6. Janey #

    Loved the wonder dog article. I got teary myself, which is unusual. Great list this week, made me go to bed far too late!!

    February 10, 2012

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