Some Saturday notes

The Tailor and the Giant, by James Kruss

The Tailor and the Giant (by James Kruss and Edith Witt) was one of my favorites growing up.

1. Do you find it hard to meditate regularly, or at all? That’s fine, says Adam Grant.

2. The German movie Phoenix is just great–see it if you get the chance. It has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. (I’m normally a scaredy cat about thrillers, but this one strikes the perfect balance of suspense, melancholy, and history.)

3. This Target boho blouse just nails it–pretty embroidery without being too peasanty. I am wearing it now.

4. During a Q&A at Town Hall the other night, Steven Pinker responded that he’s pro-Oxford Comma and the audience started cheering. (Who can’t love Seattle?)

5. I had no idea Chuck Palahniuk is irrepressibly hilarious until I heard this Live Wire interview.

6. Palace journeys continue: It’s almost time to head over here, hurrah!



While We’re Young, by Noah Baumbach

“You’re an old man with a hat.”

I think Ben Stiller’s best in his more subtle roles (Flirting with Disaster, Greenberg), so am excited to see he’s working again with Baumbach.


Weekend Notes – March 31

Eat the Cookie's Baby Banana Blueberry Pancakes

Easter breakfast, thanks to Eat the Cookie.

As much as I’d love to give an impression of traveling ’round the clock in the utmost glamour (is there any other way?), most weekends are in fact spent watching Create TV, laundering, reading, and chilling with my homies. Here are some highlights from the last couple weekends. (Oh, and Happy Easter!)

1. This NYTimes magazine feature on giving at work rings impressively true. Without my fully realizing it until now, most of my co-workers very much fall into the Giver, Matcher, or Taker categories.

2. I rediscovered Elle and a few articles from the March issue caught my interest.

– They devoted an entire segment to careers–rewards, struggles, and what successful D.C. ladies have learned over the years. Most interesting was Carina Chocano’s brief profile of Kelly Oxford, a Canadian-housewife-turned-Hollywood-player.

Da Vinci’s Demons looks like it should be interesting. Cable TV + Italian Renaissance, ftw!

3. If you’d like to read more about an ambitious woman in technology who isn’t named Sheryl Sandberg… This NYTimes profile of Sophia Amoruso shows how passion can pay off.

4. Speaking of thrift, it would seem Mick Jagger agrees (to some extent) kids should make their own way in life. (

5. Eric and I enjoyed The Incredible Burt Wonderstone way more than I expected. Jim Carrey’s presence is minimal, while Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, and Alan Arkin of course goof around onscreen like goof-around pros.