Some faves:
Thou yeasty plume-plucked death-token

Thou pribbling hell-hated maggot-pie

Thou dankish bat-fowling moldwarp

[via ian claridge]


oakland awesome

Illustration by Michael Wertz

I moved to Oakland in 1997 for college. After graduate school in London, I moved back and have lived here ever since. It's home, and there are so many things to love about Oakland. For one, it's warmer than San Francisco, usually by a whopping 10 degrees or so. Also, there are all the amazing restaurants, bookstores, shoppes, farmers' markets, parks...

Which is why it's nice to see my lovely Oakland getting some attention on Design*Sponge. Check out this great write-up on all there is to see and do in Oakland. And if you live far away, come visit!


[via Shayna]

tiel seivl-keevers

Tiel Seivl-Keevers prints:

16 Pebbles

8 Days a Week

The Natadola 5


in memory

I don't often share sad news on this blog. But every once in awhile life overwhelms us and is exposed to be what it really is, a fragile, delicate, often cruel, but infinitely beautiful place.

It's hard to maintain this online space and ignore the reality happening behind it all. At the end of last week our dear friend Katie died. She drowned unexpectedly. Her death leaves a gaping hole in our lives and the lives her family and her friends.

This is not meant to be a eulogy to her gorgeous pearly smile or her mad skills as a mom to 3-year-old Milo. I simply couldn't write enough to encompass all that was Katie.

Instead, read this as a pause. A long sigh. A reminder to hold those you love close, and to tell them often that they are loved.


Whale tissue holder

[via jodi mckee]


happy anniversary to us, again

Tomorrow we celebrate our second anniversary.

Looking back at what I wrote on this day last year, so much has changed but so much is still the same. As I write this, the baby who was somersaulting in my belly last year is fast asleep upstairs. She sits up without falling over (most of the time) and she is close to crawling. She is a master at peekaboo and loves seeing and interacting with people.

We don't go out to eat as much as we did, and we don't go to the movies on a whim. But we travel. We eat good food. We see friends. We marvel at our girl. We are still so, so happy.

To mark the day, we put on our wedding attire and captured the moment:



We have a new tradition.


stella at 7 months

7 months

7 months

7 months

I can't even put into words how much I love this girl.

a visit from the goon squad

Over the weekend I finished Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. I picked this book up at the bookstore countless times. Each time I put the book down, despite all the awards and accolades, because the marketing copy on the back was so blah.

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

I had asked one of the booksellers at PowerHouse if she'd read it and what she thought and she raved about it. So I finally caved and bought it when we were browsing in Malaprop's in Asheville and ploughed through it last week.

It's a multi-layered gem of a story, about so much more than Bennie and Sasha and the music industry. Egan deftly follows the ripples of her characters' interactions and movements through the world. It was a pleasure to be privy to that world for a few hours.