I asked him to recommend me a tea… And then he knelt down next to me as I sampled the tea. He told me about the high quality tea leaves. He told me about the hand-sewn cotton teabags. He told me about the fragrant cherry blossoms and red fruits infused into the tea. Somewhere in between, he might have mentioned about the history of coffee trade and the East India Company, but I can’t be sure.

annfriedman:

A more detailed peek at the feature I wrote about Robyn for The Gentlewoman. I’m really proud of this.

Waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting. #subscriptionblues.

I never knew what living was until I got my Organizer! WOW, now all my “unmentionables” don’t have to be flung all over the place, they have a home. This has made my life a dream.
Can’t wait ‘til winter.
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Can’t wait ‘til winter.
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“The idea was to combine the rigorous critical thinking of a great liberal arts college with the creative design thinking of a great design school,” Program Director Heather Chaplin tells Co.Design. The experimental new program was funded in part by a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, which funds innovation in journalism. The program—which the creators refer to as being in beta—launched with six classes on topics like “Visualizing Data,” though for the time being, students can also take applicable classes, like web design, at Parsons or at Eugene Lang. In addition to regular faculty, guest editors and designers participate in classes, and each semester more informal “pop-up classes” will taught by working journalists like John Keefe, a data news editor at WNYC who’s teaching a class—in the style of a cooking show—on how to make maps.
Trend Piece

“Some sexy stuff,” says pseudonym, not his/her real name because he/she is the writer’s friend on Facebook, a vague professional from a major city. “Less sexy but necessary follow-up to make the above sexy quote make sense.”

Transition from the lede: pseudonym is not alone; the writer has seen not one, not two, but exactly three examples of this would-be trend online. (The last one is a stretch.)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

First, statistic plucked from academic journal where the writer didn’t pay to pass the paywall. Also, a biased survey from a company with countless vested interests. It’s official: the above trend is slightly more common than you thought.

(Source: newyorker.com)

Paris Review – Listen to Flannery O’Connor read “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”, Sadie Stein

I’m pretty sure it was a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories that got me obsessed with the genre and the art of capturing a complex moment in few pages.

As someone who has spent essentially no time south of the Mason Dixon, I am endlessly fascinated with that part of the country. I also happen to enjoy vaguely creepy literature in small doses, so O’Connor’s Southern Gothic style checks many of my boxes.

Perfect.

(Source: youtube.com)