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How do you know when you’re in love?

Hannah Hart Beat

How do you know when you’re in love? The other day on Facebook I saw that The Atlantic posted a video that they made in Washington Square Park in Manhattan asking people that very question. The responses are all so true and I love all the different people that are asked. It’s so New York and it has me loving this city even more that I usually do.

My favorite response was “I know when I’m in love when the world stops.” Amen, sister friend. It’s just the best feeling in the whole world.

P.S. The video reminded me of this one made by The Cut last year if you’re in the mood for move looooove videos.

Photo of a couple in Paris by Dust Jacket.

Blogging vacation in Maine

Hi Hart Beat. I am so, so excited to be writing to you tonight. Why do you ask? Well, the answer is short (one word actually): VACATION. That’s right. Starting today I’m on a week and a half vacation from my job and my apartment in Brooklyn. Today my mom and I drove up to the island in Maine that I’ve been coming to since a child and I’ll be spending the rest of the week and all of next hanging out up here with my family. I’m sad to leave Brooklyn and my job but I am SO HAPPY because for the next week and a half I’ll be able to blog like I’ve always wanted. I’ve missed you Hart Beat!

I’m so happy these next ten days to read, write and relax. This Ernest Hemingway quote keeps repeating in my head. I’ll have to take it out of the library tomorrow.
For more photos follow my instagram this week. I’ll be posting up a storm.

Someone, somewhere, is falling in love

“As you read this introduction, someone, somewhere, is falling in love; a child is calling out to someone in the darkness as he awakes from a bad dream; someone is sitting alone in a car missing someone as rain pelts the windshield; someone is leaning on a desk, anticipating happiness he holes love will one day bring him; and perhaps someone very old is looking out a window, wishing he had said yes instead of walking way on that snowy afternoon in 1951.

“No matter what we do, love saturates our lives in every possible way. Even when we try to escape, it finds us — if merely to tease us with what we could have had.


“Through the readings, paintings, quotes ideas, and confessions within these pages, we are going to explore why we seem so desperately to need love, but also why we need to give it.”

– Simon Van Boody

Last year I bought the book Why We Need Love at one of my favorite book stores in Brooklyn. I couldn’t not buy it as the cover was just screaming out at me. Over the past year I’ve posted some excerpts from the book (you can read them all here). The collection of stories, quotes, photographs, short stories, and academic literature is compiled by Simon Van Booy. This excerpt above is written by the editor as an introduction to the collection. 
I just love the idea of finding love in all sorts of places and this seems like the best definition of Hannah Hart Beat that I’ve found in a while. For those of you who want to read the entirety of the book, you can find more info here.
Oh, what’s that you say? Where did I get those rings?
The gold one comes via Marina Pecoraro and the circle beauty is by 5 Octobre.

By Heart: All kinds of love in the world

One of my favorite new websites this winter is “By Heart.” The brilliant series by The Atlantic shares essays in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. One of the best that I’ve read is written by author Ron Carlson about his love for F. Scott Fitzgerald. 
Carlson writes, “When I was an undergraduate at the University of Utah, I wrote in a library book for the first and only time. I was reading a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called ‘The Sensible Thing.’ When I got to the last paragraph, a classic Fitzgerald line about lost love almost regained and lost again. It goes like this,

Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. 

“I couldn’t help myself. I think I wrote: Look at this! As if I were some kind of guide or imprimatur. There was an ache in it, an astonishing ache even in the context of the abundant rue and sorrow of Fitzgerald’s stories, and it felt so much bigger than me. It stirred me so deeply I had to leave some kind of mark.”
Beautiful, right? There is more to the essay here and I highly recommend reading the entire essay if your a writer, a reader, or even just a romantic. 

Words from Fiona Apple: Love is love

Hi Hart Beat. I have another letter for you from my favorite site Letters of Note. I read this letter a while back and still think of it from time to time. I searched for it tonight on my computer so you could read it and think about it too, Hart Beat. This particular letter comes with a little backstory that I’ll share from the original site.

“Back in 2000, a teenage Fiona Apple fan named Bill Magee decided to approach the singer after a gig and hand her a letter. In it, the 16-year-old spoke of his school’s gay-straight alliance — of which he was a member –  and asked if she could possibly reply with a sentence or two in its support. The next week, the following handwritten letter was delivered by FedEx to Bill’s house.”
Hello Bill,
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know is I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends all in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation’ there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much. 
Fiona Apple
P.S. Right on for doing this, Bill.

Words from Fiona Apple: Love is love

Hi Hart Beat. I have another letter for you from my favorite site Letters of Note. I read this letter a while back and still think of it from time to time. I searched for it tonight on my computer so you could read it and think about it too, Hart Beat. This particular letter comes with a little backstory that I’ll share from the original site.

“Back in 2000, a teenage Fiona Apple fan named Bill Magee decided to approach the singer after a gig and hand her a letter. In it, the 16-year-old spoke of his school’s gay-straight alliance — of which he was a member –  and asked if she could possibly reply with a sentence or two in its support. The next week, the following handwritten letter was delivered by FedEx to Bill’s house.”
Hello Bill,
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know is I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends all in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation’ there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much. 
Fiona Apple
P.S. Right on for doing this, Bill.

Quotes by Pablo Neruda

Happy Saturday! You did it, Hart Beat! I had to work this weekend so I thought I’d play it low tonight and share some “quotes” by Pablo Neruda. I’ve been trying to research whether or not the famed poet actually said these things, or where, or in what language. Alas, Hart Beat, I have failed you. So we’re just going to take these quotations with a grain of salt and enjoy them for the Neruda potential that they hold. Oh the romance.

In one kiss, you’ll know all I haven’t said.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short and forgetting is so long.

Someday, somewhere — anywhere, unfailingly,
you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that,
can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.

I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.

Today is today, and yesterday is gone.
There is no doubt.

Shyness is a condition foreign to the heart — 
a category, a dimension which leads to loneliness.

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
All quotes via Memorable Quotations.
And more Neruda for you, Hart Beat. 

Quotes by Pablo Neruda

Happy Saturday! You did it, Hart Beat! I had to work this weekend so I thought I’d play it low tonight and share some “quotes” by Pablo Neruda. I’ve been trying to research whether or not the famed poet actually said these things, or where, or in what language. Alas, Hart Beat, I have failed you. So we’re just going to take these quotations with a grain of salt and enjoy them for the Neruda potential that they hold. Oh the romance.

In one kiss, you’ll know all I haven’t said.

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short and forgetting is so long.

Someday, somewhere — anywhere, unfailingly,
you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that,
can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.

I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.

Today is today, and yesterday is gone.
There is no doubt.

Shyness is a condition foreign to the heart — 
a category, a dimension which leads to loneliness.

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
All quotes via Memorable Quotations.
And more Neruda for you, Hart Beat. 

Becoming kinder

Hey you. I just wanted to write a little something tonight. Have you read the speech George Saunders’s gave to graduates at Syracuse University this spring? I read it for the first time today and now I can’t get it out of my head. I won’t include the whole thing here even though you really should read (find it here) it if you haven’t.

“Do all the other things, the ambitious things — travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers — but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will — is as bright and shining as any that has ever been.”
George Saunders

In this one speech this one man puts in to words the most beautiful and important advice I’ve ever heard. It reminds me so much of a favorite Kurt Vonnegut quote and I hope you love it as much as I do, Hart Beat.