I finally finished The Fortress of Solitude and I have to admit even though it was a 500 page book I sort of dragged it out because I didn't want it to end. I've wanted to read more of Jonathan Lethem since I read Motherless Brooklyn a while back and I was so not disappointed with Fortress of Solitude. It's right up there with one of my other all time favorites The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. If you're looking for a good book to get sucked into read this now!!
Last night I started Rob Walker's new book Buying In. Rob writes the column Consumed for the NYT's Magazine and keeps one of the more interesting marketing blogs, Murketing. I've been looking forward to reading his book and I love that he included the rise of the crafting community in his observations on murketing.
Diane from Craftypod has totally gotten me hooked on reading the The Pioneer Woman Cooks a fabulous cooking blog packed with great recipes. I love the well-documented recipes and photos and easy to follow steps. Although I have yet to make anything from her blog-- these bacon wrapped jalapeno things will be at the top of my list. I'm trying to hunker down and not go out to eat as much (this week at least) but the last few weeks (ok months) I've been indulging at some of the best restaurants in the city. Lots of great food but what stands out most in my mind, maybe because of the heat here in SF, is the refreshing drink I had recently at Nopa called the Tall Q One which is made with cucumber vodka and tonic. Simple but so refreshing.
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I spend a lot of time online and I read a lot of blogs (like most of us) but one of my very favorites, which always inspires me with her beautiful creations, wise words, and so much kindness is Elsita's blog. I'm blown away by her talent daily and totally inspired and in awe of her art. I was especially moved by her post called self help. The above photo is one of Elista's genius plant creations, that one is called Lizette.