July 23, 2014
"I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true."

— Dorothy Parker

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July 22, 2014

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July 22, 2014
"In the end, I think the relationships that survive in this world are the ones where two people can finish each other’s sentences. Forget drama and torrid sex and the clash of opposites. Give me banter any day of the week."

— Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!

July 22, 2014
in which I burst into fits of laughter…

Every English Novel Ever

#2. The Corporal Displayed Unspecified Moral Laxity

Every Russian Novel Ever

#4. The Estate Is Sold Off

Every French Novel Ever

#6. A Young Woman Cynically Eats a Pheasant

Every Irish Novel Ever

#7. THE ENGLISH

Every Canadian Novel Ever

#13. Sex Farm Woman: All of These Albertan Crops Are Metaphors For My Empty, Yearning Vagina

July 21, 2014
"If you try to sell yourself on your expertise, you limit yourself. There’s only so much a person can be an expert on. But if you present yourself as someone who is ignorant and curious, you have no limitations. That’s what I like about what we do. I don’t know anything, but I like finding it out."

E.A. Hanks

from "I Still Think, Maybe I’m Not Good At This" Graham Moore Outtakes

EA is one of 2 blogs that aren’t on tumblr that I will go out of my way to read (the other is Well Fed, Flat Broke).  She doesn’t post often but when she does it’s pretty great.  And I’m not just blowing smoke.  The Internet is full of so many people saying so many things it’s often a cacophony of ego and in-jokes.  But EA’s writing is a little pause, like the first waft of morning coffee.

July 21, 2014
luckyshirt:

THE CREATOR OF THE WALKING DEAD TOOK OVER PRODUCTION OF SUPERFIGHT. That is what I have wanted to yell for months, and have only just this minute been allowed to say. I went to them to ask them to make a Walking Dead expansion. They said yes, and that they want to help with everything. While leaving me in place for creative decisions. Now I’m heading to San Diego to speak on a panel with Kirkman and Norman Reedus (Daryl on The Walking Dead) about the future of Skybound (Kirkman’a company) and Superfight. At the same time, I was asked by Wizard World to fly around the country and play the game on celebrity panels. That is my life now. It’s perfect. This means great things for Superfight. That’s obvious. But anyone who thinks that’s where my excitement ends hasn’t been paying attention to me. Because more importantly, it means amazing things for Find the Starlight. I know Find the Starlight is weird. And hard to follow. That was intentional. It won’t always be that way. And now that this is my life, it is about to become something nobody is ready for. Least of all me. So that’s it. I took lemons, made lemonade, froze that lemonade in the shape of a club, and used that club to beat the shit out of this life and its stupid lemon-handing face.

Big congrats go out to Luckyshirt and his fantastic news.  Of course I’m talking about getting to hang with Norman Reedus.  The whole creating a thing from scratch that’s turning into a piece of pop culture is good too.
There’s something about the success of a tumblr-tweeter person you’ve followed for a while that brings a unique joy.  Even though it’s someone you have probably never met, that might live far enough away to require a plane ride, you’re invested.  You’ve laughed along with their good days and digitally hugged their bad ones.  It’s a bond of gold stars and red hearts.
A victory for them is a victory for all of us.
So go buy Superfight!  I’ll be over here googling “Find the Starlight” and trying to catch up.

luckyshirt:

THE CREATOR OF THE WALKING DEAD TOOK OVER PRODUCTION OF SUPERFIGHT. That is what I have wanted to yell for months, and have only just this minute been allowed to say. I went to them to ask them to make a Walking Dead expansion. They said yes, and that they want to help with everything. While leaving me in place for creative decisions. Now I’m heading to San Diego to speak on a panel with Kirkman and Norman Reedus (Daryl on The Walking Dead) about the future of Skybound (Kirkman’a company) and Superfight. At the same time, I was asked by Wizard World to fly around the country and play the game on celebrity panels. That is my life now. It’s perfect. This means great things for Superfight. That’s obvious. But anyone who thinks that’s where my excitement ends hasn’t been paying attention to me. Because more importantly, it means amazing things for Find the Starlight. I know Find the Starlight is weird. And hard to follow. That was intentional. It won’t always be that way. And now that this is my life, it is about to become something nobody is ready for. Least of all me. So that’s it. I took lemons, made lemonade, froze that lemonade in the shape of a club, and used that club to beat the shit out of this life and its stupid lemon-handing face.

Big congrats go out to Luckyshirt and his fantastic news.  Of course I’m talking about getting to hang with Norman Reedus.  The whole creating a thing from scratch that’s turning into a piece of pop culture is good too.

There’s something about the success of a tumblr-tweeter person you’ve followed for a while that brings a unique joy.  Even though it’s someone you have probably never met, that might live far enough away to require a plane ride, you’re invested.  You’ve laughed along with their good days and digitally hugged their bad ones.  It’s a bond of gold stars and red hearts.

A victory for them is a victory for all of us.

So go buy Superfight!  I’ll be over here googling “Find the Starlight” and trying to catch up.

July 21, 2014
kissmyflash:

Imaginary Food Diaries of Famous Authors by Katie Heaney
“In the morning I walked to the café for a coffee and brioche. The air was damp and the sky was gray.”

Today would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 115th birthday!  

kissmyflash:

Imaginary Food Diaries of Famous Authors by Katie Heaney

In the morning I walked to the café for a coffee and brioche. The air was damp and the sky was gray.”

Today would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 115th birthday!  

July 21, 2014
Happy 115th Birthday to Ernest Hemingway.
I took this photo of a book I’m reading called "The Only Thing That Counts: The Ernest Hemingway-Maxwell Perkins Correspondence"edited by Matthew J. Brucoli.  If you can find a copy you must buy it.
The above is from a letter Sunday November 10th, 1929 Enroute to Berlin in which he writes:
"Have been writing well on a story last 3 days so dont give a damn about anything - I saw Scott last week - looking very well and healthy."
"You all must be sick of (the Sun also Rises).  If you are I dont blame you - I think we should sell an awful lot of this though because the whole fiction racket is going to go to hell may be in a couple of years-"

Happy 115th Birthday to Ernest Hemingway.

I took this photo of a book I’m reading called "The Only Thing That Counts: The Ernest Hemingway-Maxwell Perkins Correspondence"edited by Matthew J. Brucoli.  If you can find a copy you must buy it.

The above is from a letter Sunday November 10th, 1929 Enroute to Berlin in which he writes:

"Have been writing well on a story last 3 days so dont give a damn about anything - I saw Scott last week - looking very well and healthy."

"You all must be sick of (the Sun also Rises).  If you are I dont blame you - I think we should sell an awful lot of this though because the whole fiction racket is going to go to hell may be in a couple of years-"

July 20, 2014
This is my grandfather, Lewis Louthood.  Former Publisher of the Montreal Star & Weekend Magazine.  The photo was taken by Yousuf Karsh, one of my all time favourite photographers.
I have no idea why Karsh did a portrait of my grandfather.  My mother casually mentioned it one day a few years ago.  Things like that tend to happen in my family.  
"Oh yeah, Lester Patrick was an uncle, he played hockey." (and then they named a league and a trophy after him).  
"Patrick Swayze shares a great-grandfather with us." (forever changing how dirty I felt about Dirty Dancing).
"Your Dad’s great aunt was a Lady & her husband a Baronet." (how does this help me meet HRH Prince Harry?)
Both Karsh and my grandfather have passed away, so the mystery of why and how this photo came to be I will never know.

This is my grandfather, Lewis Louthood.  Former Publisher of the Montreal Star & Weekend Magazine.  The photo was taken by Yousuf Karsh, one of my all time favourite photographers.

I have no idea why Karsh did a portrait of my grandfather.  My mother casually mentioned it one day a few years ago.  Things like that tend to happen in my family.  

"Oh yeah, Lester Patrick was an uncle, he played hockey." (and then they named a league and a trophy after him).  

"Patrick Swayze shares a great-grandfather with us." (forever changing how dirty I felt about Dirty Dancing).

"Your Dad’s great aunt was a Lady & her husband a Baronet." (how does this help me meet HRH Prince Harry?)

Both Karsh and my grandfather have passed away, so the mystery of why and how this photo came to be I will never know.

July 20, 2014

Zbigniew Brzezinski.
My mind crush of late.  
You might not know who he is, but you definitely should.  His biography could double as a modern history textbook.

Born in Warsaw in 1928 to the nobility.  His father was a Polish diplomat stationed in Germany from 1931-35, meaning Zbigniew saw firsthand the rise of the Nazis as a child.  In 1936 the family changed posts to the Soviet Union and stayed there until 1938, he was also witness to Stalin’s Great Purge.

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