Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ballet and Love from Diana Vishneva

Hannah Hart Beat - Ballet with Diana Vishneva

Morning, Hart Beat. Happy Friday! How is your day going? Last night I was scrolling through my newsfeed and found a video and interview that made me stop and just stare for three minutes and twenty seconds. And then three minutes and twenty seconds more again and again until I had watched the entire thing four or five times.

I grew up dancing and ballet was always my favorite. I sometimes wish I could go back to it but it’s not a physically easy thing to do. When I was living in New York I did try to go see a live ballet once a year with some of my friends and it was always a highlight. Being in Western Massachusetts for part of the summer I’m hoping to get to Jacob’s Pillow at least a few times to see the dance.

The video, which you can watch here below, comes via The New Yorker‘s Facebook page. According to the magazine, “To witness what’s so good about Russian ballerinas, one only has to watch Diana Vishneva rehearse ‘Onegin.’ The principal dancer leaves American Ballet Theatre tomorrow, after thirteen years, with a performance of the John Cranko ballet.”

 

What did you think of the video, Hart Beat? It’s arresting to watch, isn’t it? There’s something about the body movement and Diana’s words brought such emotion to me. Here is transcribed one of the things that she said near the end of the video. For me, what she says about dance expressing things that nothing else can is often how I feel about poetry or novels. I love hearing someone else’s thoughts on seeing the world this way.

I have always had some kind of idea of what I want, where I’m going. At this point I want to be more than a performer. The world is different now. Every artistic statement is a statement of the present moment.

The moment when the performance unfolds is when life and time stop for me.

Why do I dance? The things that dance can express are almost impossible to express by any other means. What it is that tugs at the human heartstrings, the delicate edge of your soul. This became my path, my life. I have found meaning in it.

— Diana Vishneva

Hannah Hart Beat - Ballet with Diana Vishneva

Photos, video, and quote all via The New Yorker Facebook.

Illustrated Movie Posters

Hannah Hart Beat - Movie Poster

Hola, Hart Beat! I may not have a personal home right now (hi family!) but that doesn’t mean that I’m not dreaming of decorating the next apartment I’ll live in. Again, taking sales pitches for cities right now.

What I would love is to have a full frame wall with art that I already own and things I’d like to add. Right now I’m swooning over these posters. Most of them are from romantic movies that I love. I think my favorite is the top one from Lost in Translation. It’s one of my favorite movies, especially the scene. Have you seen it, Hart Beat? If you haven’t I highly recommend it for this summer watch list.

Aren’t they amazing? P.S. For other home inspirations check out the Pinterest board I’ve been collecting for a while.

Hannah Hart Beat - Movie Poster

Hannah Hart Beat - Movie Poster

Hannah Hart Beat - Movie Poster

Hannah Hart Beat - Movie Poster

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I Dare You

Hannah Hart Beat - L.A. and the xx

Hi, Hart Beat. How are you today? I’ve been sitting here writing all morning. I can’t wait to (eventually) share with you the other project I’m working on. This morning I listened to the new album from the xx and there was one song that I loved particularly. I thought maybe you might like it too, Hart Beat.

The song, “I Dare You” is off the new album “I See You” and the video, according to a statement by the band, is “[A] love letter to Los Angeles, a city close to our hearts, where we wrote and recorded parts of our album ‘I See You’.” As L.A. is on my hot list for the fall I loved watching the scenery. I know it’s a sprawl of city but the skyline shot and the overhead highway shot at the end make my heart skip a beat.

The video is a little weird but it does star Millie Bobby Brown who played Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things. What do you think, Hart Beat? It’s good writing music, no?

P.S. An older post about the xx from years ago on Hart Beat.  

Photo via The Glitter Guide guide to L.A.

Hannah Hart Beat - Beach Body

How to Get a Beach Body in Two Easy Steps

Hannah Hart Beat - Beach Body

Hi, Hart Beat! It’s finally summer and I think we can all say THANK GOODNESS THE SUN IS FINALLY HERE. I know I wait all year long for this season (maybe I should be living out west?) and am so glad I have time this year to go to the beach.

I know that this time of year isn’t always the easiest on our self-esteem. It’s easy to look at your Instagram feed or Pinterest boards and feel like the rest of the world is light and tight and ready to rock any bathing suit style. What do I have to say about that? Well, I know the secret trick to getting your dream beach body. It’s honestly so easy Hart Beat and I’m going to give it to you straight right here. Ready?

How to get a beach body in two easy steps:

Step one. Have a body.

Step two. Go to the beach!

Boom! There! You did it! You know have a 100% authentic and beautiful beach body. See you out in the waves, Hart Beat. 

P.S. My summer bucket list this year.

Illustration by Christopher Delorenzo.

Hannah Hart Beat - Friday

Friday, As Planned

Hannah Hart Beat - Friday

Hiya Hart Beat! Happy Friday! I won’t pretend that I am living a hard life up here in Maine but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a good Friday like the rest of the world. To celebrate, let’s turn to Frank O’Hara and see what he has to say about drinking, writing, and life in general. I particularly love the last line of this poem. Get out there dancing tonight, okay Hart Beat?

As Planned by Frank O’Hara

After the first glass of vodka
you can accept just about anything
of life even your own mysteriousness
you think it is nice that a box
of matches is purple and brown and is called
La Petite and comes from Sweden
for they are words that you know and that
is all you know words not their feelings
or what they mean and you write because
you know them not because you understand them
because you don’t you are stupid and lazy
and will never be great but you do
what you know because what else is there?

P.S. Another poem by Frank O’Hara that I love.

Photo of Jade Jagger and Kate Moss.

Love for Coffee Shops

Hannah Hart Beat - Coffee Shops

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your morning (early afternoon) going? It’s a beautiful day here in Maine and I’ve been getting some good writing done here this morning. Since leaving New York there are a few things I miss and one of them, unfortunately, is something that I can’t find here on this small coastal Maine island. I’ve written before here on Hart Beat about my love of coffee shops (No. Six Depot, Propeller, Homecoming, El Rey, Ovenly, Toby’s Estate… okay probably too many) and that is one of the things I miss about Brooklyn.

I’m not sure what it is exactly I love about coffee shops. I think it’s a combination of the atmosphere, seeing the people, hearing the noises, and writing alone but not being alone. Oh, plus there’s nothing I love more than an extra hot cup of coffee. As you might have noticed, this blog has taken on a new headline and is now “Your Post-Brooklyn Lifestyle Blog”. Wherever I end up this fall all I know is that it has to have a good variety of coffee shops for me to hang out at.

As a little bonus, when I was in Madrid last month I spent quite a few hours at Café Pepe Botella in my favorite neighborhood Malasaña. If you’re headed to Madrid and need a recommendation that is my number one coffee shop. While I was there not only did I eat enough pan con tomate to feed an entire city but, I recorded about twenty minutes of background noise from the cafe. It was a magical morning and I couldn’t get over the combination of coffee making sounds, the piano music they had on, and the Spanish ladies who were chatting next to me. In lieu of a coffee shop on the island, I’ve been listening to it on repeat while writing here in Maine. Hope you enjoy it too, Hart Beat.

Hannah Hart Beat - Coffee Shops

P.S. There’s another coffee shop noise trick that I wrote about before on Hart Beat. You might like it too.

Photos by me of Café Pepe Botella in Madrid.

My Summer Bucket List

Summer - Hannah Hart Beat

Morning, Hart Beat! As the internet made very clear yesterday, we are finally in summer! I am so so happy, Hart Beat. Summer is my favorite time of year and the only problem with it is that it usually goes by too fast. I’m happy this year that I’ll be spending most of the summer with my Grandmother and Aunt on our family’s summer house in Maine so I’ll be able to enjoy (hopefully) every minute.

That being said, like winter resolutions, I decided to compile a list of summer bucket list things that I want to get done before this time slips away. Maybe this is something all of us should do every start to a new season. It’s much easier than trying to remember New Years resolutions in August.

  • See the friends that I haven’t seen in the past few years (hi sister wives).
  • Find a song that I like as much as Malibu (highly doubtful).
  • Win a sailing race in the Berkshires.
  • Skinny dip in the ocean.
  • Read a book a week (should be easy for someone who’s daily responsibilities include watering my Grandmother’s flowers and going to the beach..)
  • Play in my family’s August tennis tournament. (It was started the year I was born and my entire family plays in it every year. I have never competed.)
  • Write every day.

What do you think, Hart Beat? If you were to make a list for the summer what would be on it?

Hannah Hart Beat

Liability

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi my Hart Beat. One of the things I love about this time of year is all the new music that is released. This week we were hit by the new Lorde album and today I spent some time with it seeing how our girl has been doing. It was a melancholy day here on the island. I did lots of writing but, the sun has nowhere to be seen these past two days and that’s probably why the song that I loved the most off of Melodrama was the sad “Liability.” Have you heard it yet, Hart Beat? It’s what I’m listening to tonight while I write to you. I hope you like it. And, if it’s too sad you can always go back to our favorite Miley after.

For a great and full-length review of the album see what Craig Jenkins has to say over at Vulture.

Top photo by me from last year.

David Sedaris - Hannah Hart Beat

Theft by Finding, what I’m reading right now

David Sedaris - Hannah Hart Beat

Hi, Hart Beat. How are you this Monday? I’ve been seeing on Instagram today that it is hot hot hot in the rest of the country but, here on this idyllic island in Maine, it’s chilly and the fog has decided to hang over the island all day. It’s okay though, I’ve gotten lots of writing done this morning and this afternoon I’m going to hold up and read the pile of books that I have next to me.

Speaking of reading, I wanted to write to you about a book that has just come out that I am loving. Do you know David Sedaris? I wrote about him briefly once back in 2013 and I’m surprised he hasn’t come up since then. Sedaris is hands down one of my lifelong favorite authors. My parents introduced my brother and me to the author when we were young. My mom has always loved him and bought all of his books on audio to listen to them in the car. To this day, I still listen to Sedaris reading his own books almost every day. As you might know, Hart Beat, I have a hard time falling asleep so often I will listen to books on tape to help fall asleep. For the past three years or so I’ve been rotating through all of Sedaris’s books. Right now I’m on Naked and laugh still to this day on most of his writing, even though I’ve heard it a million times.

There’s something comforting about Sedaris and the stories he tells about his family, his boyfriend, and his life now. Last month, Sedaris’s newest book was published and I’m currently halfway through listening to the stories. The book is a little different from his usual memoir style short stories. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977 – 2002) is what it’s title suggests, David Sedaris’s daily diary entries from the years 1977 to 2002. Sedaris is famous not only for his hilarious and gut-wrenching prose but also for his commitment to daily diary writing. We are lucky as humans that the author has decided to let us into his private writings and inner world. Often times interestingly mundane, the collection of diary entries allows us as readers to sit beside Sedaris during his early days as a struggling author and his early days of success.

If you’re a Sedaris fan there are two other pieces I’d recommend to you. The first is his newest short story, “Why Aren’t You Laughing?” published in The New Yorker this past June. The second is his most recent interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air from this past May. I loved listening to it.

Anyway, that’s all the news from the Island today. Hope you’re doing well, Hart Beat.

Photo of Sedaris via the author.

The Philadelphia Story - Hannah Hart Beat

Four Internet Things for You

The Philadelphia Story - Hannah Hart Beat

Evening, Hart Beat. How was your Sunday? For me, it was a lazy day here in Maine. I played tennis with my aunt, took a (perhaps too long nap), and made dinner for me and my Grandmother. Tonight, I’ve just been poking around the internet and thought I’d share a few things that I’ve seen recently and really enjoyed. I think you might like them too, Hart Beat.

  1. The 25 Best Flims of the 21st Century. So Far. According to The New York Times.
    There are obvious choices like There Will Be Blood and Moonlight but a few that surprised me. How many have you seen, Hart Beat?
  2. Nail art from Chillhouse on Instagram.
    The new wellness coffee shop and spa in New York, founded by beloved Cyndi Ramirez of Taste the Style, is owning my post-Brooklyn Instagram right now. I’m screen grabbing almost all the nail looks to take with me into the fall.
  3. The Most Intimate Photograph in The New Yorker.
    Not only is the photograph alarmingly beautiful but I love what writer Chris Wiley has to say about it.
  4. Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Katherine Hepburn’s Trousers from the archives of The Hairpin
    I just rewatched one of my favorite movies, The Philadelphia Story, which stars Hepburn as the wittiest socialite you’ll ever find. Of course, immediately I went online reading after and thank goodness because never have I read a more scandalous Hollywood tale.

Talk tomorrow, Hart Beat.

The photo up top a press release from The Philadelphia Story. Pictured are Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart.