What I Read: August 1-12

Sorry for the radio silence around here lately! I’ve been moving into my new place in North Carolina and reading like crazy so expect more posts soon. Here’s what I’ve read this week:

  1. Ten Things You Should Know About the Economy Before You Vote in November (Forbes): I am such a political news junkie right now and this article is right up my alley! I think everyone should be informed about the issues before they head to the polls and this article is a good start. 
  2. How to Be a Better Procrastinator (WSJ): Since I always have my fingers in a lot of pies, I like hearing that it can be productive! This article shows the ways that working on multiple projects can actually make you more productive.
  3. I’ve Forgotten How to Read Adult Novels (blog): I spend a lot of time reading YA literature and I make no apologies for my taste (check out my post about why I YA here). Reading about other people with the same “problem” makes me happy!
  4. Being a Confident Bada** Does Not Make a Female Athlete a Diva (Jezebel): As much as I love women’s olympic gymnastics, I was less than thrilled with the coverage NBC showed. The commentators regularly used sexist terms to talk about the gymnasts (re: calling them girls, divas, and moody). This article explores what the coverage exposed about the network. 

Fascinating Monday Morning Read

This one interested me so much that I couldn’t wait until the “Week in Review: What I Read” post! There’s a hotel in England that is putting kindles in every room instead of using printed Bibles. While this is an expensive proposition it seems really awesome! If you get bored while staying at the hotel you could download a free ebook and read it, rather than turning to trashy television.

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles – CNN.com.

 

 

I Declare Myself To Be: IndieBound

Last week the Bookstore Relations Coordinator at ABA came to speak at the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. I was so moved by his presentation that I thought I would share a little bit of it here.

Declaration of IndieBound

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for individuals to denounce the corporate bands which threaten to homogenize our cities and our souls, we must celebrate the powers that make us unique and declare the causes which compel us to remain independent.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all stores are not created equal, that some are endowed by their owners, their staff, and their communities with certain incomparable heights, that among these are Personality, Purpose and Passion. The history of the present indies is a history of experiences and excitement, which we will continue to establish as we set our sights on a more unconstrained state. To prove this, let’s bring each other along and submit our own experiences to an unchained world.

We, therefore, the Kindred Spirits of IndieBound, in the name of our convictions, do publish and declare that these united minds are, and darn well ought to be, Free Thinkers and Independent Souls. That we are linked by the passions that differentiate us. That we seek out soul mates to share our excitement. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the strength of our identities, we respectively and mutually pledge to lead the way as we all declare that we are IndieBound!

Just in case you’re not familiar with IndieBound, here’s a little bit about the organization. It was created to bring together independent bookstores so that publishers would be forced to listen to their voice. These bookstores are havens for communities to talk, think, react and read. Check out their website: IndieBound

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Week in Review: What I Read

There was a flood of really interesting articles on the web this week. Here is a very small selection of what I perused:

  1. Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library (WSJ)– One of the things I was most excited about doing in NYC was getting my very own NYPL card, corny I know. This story reminds everyone else of what I already know: Librarians are pretty stylish folk!
  2. Letters from Authors to Their Young Fans (Flavorwire) — Authors may be curmudgeonly some of the time but these letters prove that they can also be huge teddy bears. Read through to the end and you’ll come across some of the most heartwarming letters I’ve ever read.
  3. Having Your Coffee and Enjoying It Too (NYT) — It seems as though every day there is new evidence to “prove” that coffee is good/bad for us. This article examines the newest findings and shows that a coffee habit doesn’t make a huge difference overall.
  4. The Timeless Resonance of Dorian Gray (Everyday eBook) — This one just might be cheating since I love Wilde so much but I had to share it! The story truly is timeless and this article sets out to prove it.

Check out previous week’s “What I  Read”:

Stress in the City: Week 3

Last week the NYU Summer Publishing Institute was really intense! Because it was the final week for the magazine section, we had to put together our launch plans and presentations. This meant more than our fair share of late nights and working lunches but it turned out amazingly well! I’ll show you my group’s work in a later post but here’s a recap of how it all happened:

We were in strategy workshops all week which of course sounds far easier than it actually was. Rather than just working within our groups or with professors, every day we had to present our ideas to industry professionals such as Lavinel Savu (Managing Editor at InStyle), Tom O’Quinn (Art Director at Men’s Health) and others. Not only was this intimidating but in many cases it meant we needed to revise large sections of our project mere days before presenting!


In the midst of all of the preparation I managed to snag tickets to Shakespeare in the Park, quite a feat just ask any New Yorker! I was worried to loose a whole night of work but couldn’t pass up the amazing opportunity, plus this year they are performing As You Like It! I spent more than an hour wandering the park looking for the theatre in my work clothes! It was all worth it though. The players were sensational, but what can you expect from a cast that includes Lily Rabe and Oliver Platt? (If you don’t believe me listen to the NYT).

Our incredible judging panel

When Thursday finally came I felt ready. Our fashion/beauty magazine was gonna rock their socks. We were up against a tough panel: Brandon Holley (Editor in Chief, Lucky), Matt Sullivan (Web Director, Esquire), Christine Guilfoyle (Publisher, Every Day with Rachael Ray). Though I know we worked our hardest, we didn’t win the competition. However, we did get an award for best app concept!

This weekend was the quintessential NYC experience. Saturday morning I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take in the exhibits. Though the layout is very confusing I managed to explore three exhibits that I found particularly thrilling: Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations, The Dawn of Egyptian Art, and the Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts. Vastly different in time and space, the three caught my eye because of their beauty, intelligence and complexity. Schiaparelli & Prada was the perfect balance of beautiful clothes and intelligent dissection. The Dawn of Egyptian Art was a new way to look at my love of Egyptian burial rites. The French Decorative Arts were like Versailles only far less crowded  and,  to a certain extent, more interesting.

A bracelet that fits my impossibly tiny wrist!

While there I purchased a unique bracelet based on a Tibetan dragon.Three hours later I emerged with a notebook full of observations and a growling stomach.

 My impossibly large brunch.

Alice’s Tea Cup (on 81st) was just the ticket. I was lucky enough to be seated immediately and to get a table right in the window!(People watching in NYC is my not-so-secret hobby.) After pouring over the menu for ages I finally decided on the Breakfast Tea with Anna’s Earl Grey. The food was more than I could eat but I tried my darndest because it was so delicious!

There’s nothing quite like relaxing with a cup of tea and a great book.

Once I tore myself away from my current read, I met up with my roommates for gossip and mimosas at Tonic East. Wonderfully relaxing and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, Tonic was the motivation I needed to dig in to the job hunt.

So much food!

Sunday began in much the same way with brunch at the Sunflower Diner. The food was mediocre but the atmosphere was adorable and I saw the most amazing array of New Yorkers! Next up was the mundane task of grocery shopping, jazzed up with the help of my roommate and Trader Joes. There’s nothing like a great grocery to perk you up! Continuing with the adventure, we headed to Central Park for a little reading and a lot of sun.

Everyone enjoying the nice weather. 

The perfect weekend ended with a trip to Atlantic Grill. Though we found it while wandering to the subway, I’m glad we stumbled across this gem! The food was divine, better than anything I have had in NYC thus far. I had the salmon and spinach; Lauren had sushi. Afterwards we split chocolate fondue — yum!

I’m only sorry I didn’t get a picture of the fondue!

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