Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tumbleweed related thank yous

So touched and happy to have been included in roundups on A Cup of Jo and Messy Nessy Chic! I love both those blogs so much.

Sophie Gallagher of Bull Magazine (from the University of Sydney) wrote a really great article about tumbleweeding too, including some bits from an interview with me. Read it here.

And here's the list of all the posts that relate to living at the bookshop!

Dear Colette looking winsome in the children's section.

Recent favorite books (part 1)

1. Love Dog, Masha Tupitsyn (Penny-Ante)
"Emmanuel LĂ©vinas wrote in 'Peace and Proximity':
'The face as the extreme precariousness of the other...'"

2. I Love Dick, Chris Kraus (Semiotext(e))
"'Because we rejected a certain kind of critical language, people just assumed that we were dumb,' the genius Alice Notley said when I visited her in Paris. Why is female vulnerability still only acceptible when it's neuroticized and personal; when it feeds back on itself? Why do people still not get it when we handle vulnerability like philosophy, at some remove?"

3. Speedboat, Renata Adler (New York Review Books)
"Matthew, the man I had arrived with, was drinking brandies. I was drinking gin. Suddenly, my zabaglione vanished, cream, cup, strawberry, and all. I had a distinct, an eidetic memory of seeing it there before me. It was gone. I looked for it. Matt looked for it. It was nowhere. Somebody's handbag was on the floor beside my chair. I felt that a whole zabaglione could not have fallen, tidily, into a stranger's handbag. I couldn't search in a stranger's handbag, anyway. We stopped thinking about it."

4. Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread and Scuppernong Wine: The Folklore and Art of Southern Appalachian Cooking, Joseph E. Dabney (Cumberland House)
"Speaking of interesting old-time fruits with interesting flavors, whatever happened to all the Appalachian pawpaw trees? In days past, pawpaws were found everywhere in the country--on wooded slopes, under bluffs, and along streams. Poet James Whitcomb Riley once described pawpaws as custard pie without a crust. Others have linked their taste to a combination banana, pear, and sweet potato custard or to 'custard apples.' They were used to make puddings, pies, jellies, and pawpaw brandy. Largest in size of native North American fruits--about like a cucumber--the pawpaw was one of the staunch dietary standbys of Appalachian and Amerindian folk in times past."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

From The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

17. Things That Arouse a Fond Memory of the Past

Dried hollyhock. The objects used during the Display of Dolls. To find a piece of deep violet or grape-coloured material that has been pressed between the pages of a notebook.

It is a rainy day and one is feeling bored. To pass the time, one starts looking through some old papers. And then one comes across the letters of a man one used to love.

Last year's paper fan. A night with a clear moon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

this time last year, norway near kongsvinger

 the outdoor kitchen. sissel and bent terje only use it for a few months in the summer, but the dishes and pots and pans stay outside all year.

 this is the cabin where i lived by myself for march, 2013

 my stove

Monday, March 10, 2014

So excited for Krystie Yandoli's post about Shakespeare and Company over on Buzzfeed!!

Here's the list of all my posts with photos/stories about the bookshop.