Monthly Archives: April 2013

What are you reading?

Hi Hart Beat. I had today off and I spend a good chunk of the afternoon reading in my favorite Greenpoint park. The grass park overlooks the best Manhattan view across the East River and I love watching the barges and tugboats tinker past.

While in the park I finished We Need To Talk About Kevin, an amazing recommendation from a friend of mine. I couldn’t put it down and finished it so fast. Thankfully though, I have the new David Sedaris Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls to start. How about you, Hart Beat? What are you reading this May? Any suggestions?

The Frick

Hi Hart Beat. How was your weekend? You do anything fun? I was really excited to finally make it here last night. I literally felt like I was in Germany, so cool. Today I had my first Sunday off in a while so G. and I took a well needed trip up to the The Frick Collection.

The Frick was one of the museums that I’ve wanted to go to since moving to New York in October. It houses a mostly European collection and right now is holding an exhibition of master drawings that entices me every week from The New Yorker. Unfortunately, I could’t take any pictures while I was there but I was able to scrounge up some incredible ones to share with you here.

One of the reasons I’ve really wanted to go the The Frick is because of the breathtaking building right on Central Park East. There were swarms of people there but I still felt like I was back in Europe. (Thank god I’m going back to Spain this summer. I miss Madrid so hard.) I was also pleasantly surprised to see a handful of works by Goya and one El Greco painting. Shout out the Laura and the Prado class here. (Laur, I knew exactly how to interpret the old earl portraits.)

Another amazing surprise was finding that the museum was holding free drawing hours in the afternoon. They even provided pencils, drawing boards and paper. G. and I were in heaven drawing sculptures in center garden. I had one of those moments, Hart Beat, where I couldn’t believe I get to live in this city and do anything I want. It was such a freeing afternoon.


Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Three Ballet Dancers, c. 1878-80
Monotype on cream laid paper
Sheet: 14 x 20 3/16 in.
(One of the drawings from the exhibition. Source for the print.)

Don’t go, please stay

This week I was so happy to finally see the movie The Place Beyond the Pines. (Did you know that if you go to the Williamsburg cinema on Tuesdays or Thursdays tickets are 8$ and you can use your ticket stub for a free beer at this bar? Crazy world.) Ever since I heard that Ryan Gosling was in another movie directed by the same person who did Blue Valentine, I knew I needed to see the movie.

Have you seen it yet, Hart Beat? I won’t give anything away, I promise, but you should definitely go to see it while it’s still in theaters. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper were amazing and honestly, the best part was watching a movie about Schenectady, NY. The setting looked just like home to me and it was so beautiful to see the mountains on the big screen.

One of my favorite parts of the movie was when the song below played. It reminds me so much of the song that was played in Blue Valentine, and I am grateful that I’ve been introduced to the two of them.

“Please Stay” by The Cryin Shames
I loved you before I even knew your name 
I wanted to give you my heart 
But when you came back after me one time 
Oh I knew, yes I knew that the heartaches would start 

If I called out your name like a song 
That was written for you, you alone 
Would you still hurt all my pride 
Oh, hey, how I cried 

This time be different 
Please stay 
My favorite view.

Photographer Matthew Tammaro

Hi Hart Beat! First things first, I want to give a huge thank you to the amazing website Snippet & Ink for including me in they’re famed Friday weekend lineup. I am over the moon happy and honored! And welcome to all you new Hart Beat readers! As always, check back daily for your romantic, love, and overall heart skips a beat inspiration.

This Friday I am so excited to share work with the extremely talented photographer Matthew Tammaro.

I love photography and I incredibly admire Matthew Tammaro’s talent of capturing different moments and moods. Posted here are a few of my favorite works from the photographer. For his full collection visit his website here. Can you guess why I love them? So stunning, right Hart Beat?

This one reminded me so much of this photograph here. I think it’s the colors and the straight on look. 

Baby, you can have whatever you like

Hey Hart Beat. How’s your week going? I had the best conversation with my Dad today about our upcoming trip to Spain. We were talking about the pros vs. cons to biking the southern route or the northern route of the camino. What do you think? Coast or plains? And did you watch Crazy Heart last night? Personally, I thought it was amazing and probably one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. I loved the music and all the turquoise stuck in there.

I’m not sure if I’ve shared this song with you on Hart Beat yet, but I’ve been listening on the train to it this week and I thought you might like it. I remember when this song was big in college, it’s funny to listen to it again in this version here. I wish I could sing like Anya Marina. And this song here really reminds me of this one from last summer.

“Whatever you like” by Anya Marina

Crazy heart

Hola Hart Beat. Have you heard of the movie Crazy Heart? I rented it from the library the other day and I was thinking of watching it tonight. It’s pretty bitter in Brooklyn and I really don’t feel like leaving my apartment again.

I love Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and sad musicians so I feel like this movie is right up my alley. Since hearing the song “The Weary Kind” for the first time this winter, the movie has been on my mind. What do you think, Hart Beat? You wanna watch it with me?

P.S. Listen to the amazing song from the trailer here. It’s the kind of song that you can listen to over and over again all day long. And this is coming from someone who hasn’t seen the movie yet…

“The Weary Kind” by Ryan Bingham
Your heart’s on the loose
You rolled them seven’s with nothing to lose
This ain’t no place for the weary kind

You called all your shots
Shooting 8 ball at the corner truck stop
Somehow this don’t feel like home anymore

And this ain’t no place for the weary kind
This ain’t no place to lose your mind
This ain’t no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try

Your body aches
Playing your guitar and sweating out the hate
The days and the nights all feel the same

Whiskey has been a thorn in your side
It doesn’t forget
The highway that calls for your heart inside

And this ain’t no place for the weary kind
This ain’t no place to lose your mind
This ain’t no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try

Your lover’s warm kiss
Is too damn far from your fingertips
You are the man that ruined her world

Your heart’s on the loose
You rolled them seven’s with nothing to lose
And this ain’t no place for the weary kind

Before Midnight Talk: Julie, Ethan, and Richard

Hey Hart Beat. I got to do something amazing today and I want to share it with you! As I’ve written before, the Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset movies are my absolute favorite movies of all times. A couple months ago I found out that the third installment, Before Midnight,  is being released this May and that Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater would be giving a Director’s Talk at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

I only heard about the talk only about a week ago and wasn’t sure if I would be able to get tickets since everything in the film festival is sold out so close to the shows. I did some research though and found out that you can get to events early and wait in line for rush tickets. So guess what I did today, Hart Beat? I got to see them talk!!!!

I just about died when the three of them walked on stage. It was such a surreal moment, seeing them in person, after knowing their faces so well from the movies. The best part was seeing that the dynamics between Julie and Ethan are so true to the movie that even though they stress that the characters are not based in real life, the two actors can’t run that far from Celine and Jessie. It was amazing, Hart Beat and I wish I had better pictures to share with you.

Even though I brought the book that my brother got me from France, I couldn’t get close enough for them to sign my copy. The amazing news was that I was interviewed by a film crew while I was waiting and one of the camera operators offered to bring my book with him on the red carpet tonight. Word is he couldn’t get them to sign it but, it’s still an amazing story. (And if I find the video, I’ll share it with you here.)

Waiting in line.
A better picture of the three of them via instagram. 

I like you better than everything in the sky

Hi Hart Beat. It’s been a while since I’ve written any love poems to you. I thought tonight would be a good night. This is an amazing poem by one of my favorite poets. One of the first posts that I remember writing written by e. e. cummings, it’s nice to see him here again.

i love you much(most beautiful darling)
by e. e. cummings

i love you much(most beautiful darling)
more than anyone on the earth and i
like you better than everything in the sky

-sunlight and singing welcome your coming

although winter might be everywhere
with such a silence and such a darkness
noone can quite begin to guess

(except my life)the true time of year-

and if what calls itself a world should have
the luck to hear such singing(or glimpse such
sunlight as will leap higher than high
through gayer than gayest someone’s heart at your each

nearness)everyone certainly would(my
most beautiful darling)believe in nothing but love


Since I met you, darling

Hi Hart Beat. One of my favorite memories from growing up was my mom teaching me how to dance. One minute she would be cooking or writing and all of a sudden one of her favorite songs would come on our old CD player. Next thing I knew she would crank the music an lead my brother in I in a waltz until we could be lead anywhere. Sam Cooke came on at work today and it made me remember that. Sarah Horne was right, there’s nothing better than a waltz. Here’s one for you, Hart Beat.

P.S. For more romantic soul check here and here. I could listen to this all night long.

Bill Brandt Photographs

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your night going? I had the day off today and was so happy to spend it with my friend S. at the Museum of Modern Art. We went there just to hang out and walk around (S. has a pass that got us in on a discount, score). Not only did we get to see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a box (I guess she’s there six times this year, but they wouldn’t let me take pictures!) but, we ended up going to this amazing exhibit called Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light. I feel in love with these photographs Hart Beat and I had to share them with you here.

I didn’t know anything about Bill Brandt before seeing his work at MOMA but they are definitely some of the most beautiful modernist photographs that I’ve ever seen. The show was an amazing combination of photos from well known artists (Man Ray and others) and stunning work by Brandt. It’s up until August 12th, and I really can’t recommend it enough. What do you think Hart Beat? I was reminded of Cy Twombly during the show. Oh man New York, you just keep knocking them out of the park.  

I want this in my room. Come on MOMA, just ship it to me, it’s not a big deal. 

S. at the exhibit.