“Don’t Wait” By Mapei
Hi. Happy hump day, Hart Beat. I’m so glad that the week is on the last days and the weekend is almost here. Do you have plans for the weekend? P. and I are thinking of starting a new project and so we might be doing some exploring of New York on Saturday. I love this city. Anyway, I came across a great artist the other day and I think you would really like him. Have you heard of Chet Faker? He’s been featured here on the blog before but if you haven’t then this is a great song to start listening to. Hope you like it, Hart Beat.
Chet Faker singing “I’m Into You”
Hey Hart Beat. My close friends and I have tried to start a book club a few times over the past year but it’s so hard to get everyone to agree on a book, find a time to get together and everything else. So instead we just email each other great books and suggestions. Both Wild and The Goldfinch were passed around (Wild A++++++ and The Goldfinch a solid B).
Anyway, I came across this great site the other day that shares a ton of essays with summaries and exactly where to find them. The article is called “Essays to Make a Better Person” and I have had such a great time reading the articles on my phone while commuting this week. My favorite so far are “The Love of My Life” by Cheryl Strayed (duh) and “Blindness” by Luis Borges (spanish major over here.) Enjoy the essays, Hart Beat! And let me know it the comments which ones are your favorites! Final note, my friend recently told me about some help he got with his essay. Apparently one of his favourite essay writers was offering essay support services through a similar service to edupeet. It was so interested to hear his process, so he tells me.
Hi Hart Beat. I know that it is CRAZY hot out today and this first week of September is not behaving at all like it should for the beginning of fall buuuutttt, let’s talk about this coat, shall we? I’ve been on the look out for the perfect fall/winter coat for this new year and have been haunting brands’ websites like Penfield and Woolrich for the holy grail. Obviously, the coat is made by my twin Emerson Fry. Don’t you love this Combo Parka? It’s expensive but I’m obsessed and I think that I need it for this winter.
Hi Hart Beat. I hope you had a great weekend. I had the best time and am really wishing that it was another long weekend now. I love reading the New Yorker every week and lately I’ve been combing through the poetry archives. I came across this one and thought of you. I love writing letters and sending mail. You got anything good lately, Hart Beat?
The Lost Art of Letter Writing
by Eavan Boland
The ratio of daylight to handwriting
Was the same as lacemaking to eyesight.
The paper was so thin it skinned air.
The had was fire and the page tinder.
Everything burned away except the one
Place they singled out between fingers
Held over a letter pad they set aside
For the long evenings of their leave-takings,
Always asking after what they kept losing,
Always performing—even when a shadow
Fell across the page and they knew the answer
Was not forthcoming—
An art is lost when it no longer knows
How to teach a sorrow to speak, come, see
The way we lost it: stacking letters in the attic,
Going downstairs so as not to listen to
The fields stirring at night as they became
Memory and in the morning as they became
Ink; what we did so as not to hear them
Whispering the only question they knew
By heart, the only one they learned from all
Those epistles of air and unreachable distance,
How to ask: is it still there?
Hi Hart Beat. I can’t believe this is the first time that I’m writing to you about one of my favorite things to happen this summer. At the end of July, my favorite Jenny Lewis released her third solo studio album The Voyager. It took me a while to put aside the time to give the entire album and now that I have it’s all I can listen to. I can’t pick my favorite song to share here because I’m seriously in awe of every single one.
There have been a great couple of articles reviewing the album (this Slate one here was one of the best) and I couldn’t agree more with the critical acclaim that has come with the album. If you love Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley or music in general I can’t recommend listening to the full album enough. This one posted here is one of the songs that I just can’t seem to get out of my head. The other night I sang myself to sleep in my head with the song. I just love this woman so much.
For an amazing article about Jenny and her life read this article here from the New York Times Magazine from last month. Photo credit for the top picture goes to that article as well.