I Wish I Was A Hipster

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Wishful thinking. Or, ways in which I waste time so as not to have to actually decide what I want to be when I grow up.
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I began believing in ghosts early one morning—at what would have been dawn if Antarctica bothered with dawns—on the bridge of the National Geographic Explorer.
I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.


It has rained all day. It is dark outside. I don’t mind. It seems appropriate.

I wrote an essay for The New York Times about the beach. It’s humor. I mention this because I have already received an e-mail, from a stranger, explaining to me why I am wrong about the beach. Thank you.

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Husband absolutely earns the Best Husband Ever Award this year - these are my early anniversary presents!

It’s our 2nd wedding anniversary on Monday, so he got me 100% cotton canvases (cotton is the traditional 2nd anniversary present), plus a whole roll of tons of brushes, and an adorable portable easel with a handle and drawers for stashing paint and brushes. Now I just need to seriously up my painting game to be worthy of all of this awesomeness.

Am I the luckiest or what?

Happy, happy ladywife.


More “smooshy-smooshy method" playing around making Rorschach-y blobs with my borrowed inks - still loving this little notebook Annette made!

Easy art is easy!

Saw this posted to reddit and remembered this was one of my favorite books as a child. Love this author!

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Hieronymus Bosch,
Garden of Earthly Delights


Luke and I were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.

so yes this is LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell

"600-year-old butt song from hell" HAHAHAHAHA

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Female artists in their studios

1. Helen Frankenthaler
2. Louise Bourgeois
3. Alice Neel
4. Joan Mitchell
5. Frida Kahlo
6. Georgia O’Keeffe


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