Currently Reading

I had to go to the library today and while I was there I figured I would get two books I’ve been wanting to read: the Bell Jar & a book of Bukowski’s poems. Now, I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t read the Bell Jar yet. It’s been on my list for a while. Lately it’s been showing up in the most random places in my life, so I figured no more waiting, just go for it. In the spring I read Bukowski’s Ham on Rye and Post Office (I recommend both!) and within a few weeks of me living here my roommate asked if I ever read his poems (without knowing I loved his writing) and said she feels like I would love them.

So now I’m currently reading:

MLK Jr’s The Strength of Love (for school)
Dalai Lama’s Ethics for the New Millennium (for school)
David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice
Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
Charles Bukowski’s Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way

Liza caught me reading the Bell Jar at the studio~


You know, I always felt like I had free time while I was in New York -even with all of the running around I did. But here in Vermont, I don’t even have time to post on my blog or respond to etsy convos (something I reallllly need to get on!) I definitely feel like I spend more time doing things for myself; I’ve been taking care of my needs and it has helped me feel a lot more stable and balanced. Sometimes it’s good to put yourself first.
I am so thankful that my mom and Brian came up to see me: you guys are the best.♥
Today I went on a gorgeous walk with Kathy. I want to go back there with my camera sometime this week; I’d love to show you pictures of the beautiful foliage.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually sat down and read something for myself. I have to read some of the Bhagavad Gita & Ethics for the New Millennium for my Ethics class (actually, my friend Kalina came over yesterday and told me about my astrological charts – this is a reminder to post some of that on here.)
So, to get myself in the mood for reading, I sat down with Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
I’m about 40 something pages into it. It’s not my favorite David Sedaris book, but I always find him entertaining and easy to read. I always enjoy his books.
Which reminds me -I want to read:
It caught my attention with ‘nonrequired’ ‘David Sedaris’ and ‘Joey Comeau.’ Now, I know things by Comeau can be dark and disturbing. But I love A Softer World comics and am eager to give his writing another chance. 

 Although I may not have time at the moment, I always love a good read. (But I’m not into those girly, chick flick books!) What are your recommendations?


It was the kind of kiss that I could never tell my friends about out loud.

It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life.

I’ll be honest with you. Both yesterday and today have been very lazy days. There’s overcast, and although it hasn’t really been raining it’s been very wet and humid. So instead of doing any of the things I really should be, I picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s been one of my faves since I read it about 4 years ago.

There’s always been something visually appealing about this book. It’s small thin, the cover is bright and warm and nothings centered but still the composition is balanced. beautiful.

I first read the book when I was in high school and there was something wonderful about it. My friends were older too. and the times Charlie described about when he felt infinite with Patrick and Sam I always thought about those days I hung out with Brian and Sam and it was almost like the same thing. We used to drive around listening to loud music and going to taco bell and everything was okay.

There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard.
Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons

photo by Cheney.

But this time I read it I was able to relate to it in a very different way.

“I guess what I’m saying is that this all feels very familiar.
But it’s not mine to be familiar about.”

That’s kinda how living in New Paltz felt. I loved it but it didn’t feel like my own.

I didn’t feel like reading that night, so I went downstairs and watched a half-hour-long commercial that advertised an exercise machine. They kept flashing a 1-800 number, so I called it. The woman who picked up the other end of the phone was named Michelle. And I told Michelle that I was a kid and did not need an exercise machine, but I hope she was having a good night. That’s when Michelle hung up on me. And I didn’t mind a bit.

Both time this quote reminded me of my friend Alex, or at least the person he used to be. He would do things like that. He was sensitive and loveable; he was a really great person. And now me and Alex don’t talk. It’s not like we’re on bad terms or anything. “But because things change. and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them”

There’s this feeling I’ve had about my past and my friends who I used to be really close to and now we don’t talk anymore. And it’s like, I love those memories and those times we had, but I know it’ll never be the same. And that’s okay. It’s okay to be nostalgic and know when those things are happening that it’ll never happen again. But that’s not reason to hold yourself back from the future. Things change. Go with it.

photo by Cheney.

and it all makes me realize I need to start saying I love you more often.
And I hope you know how much i mean it.

Fight Club

After hearing I won’t watch the movie Fight Club (although i have seen bits and parts;) until I read the book, my friend Brian went out and bought it for me. I was very excited to sit down with it after just finishing When You Are Engulfed in Flames. But compared to Sedaris I find Palahniuk’s writing style to be rough. Sedaris’ books flowed without having to think about it. &sometimes I feel like I’m reading for school with Palahniuk – I tend to drift off and have to reread the same paragraph before it sets in.

Anyway, I’m hoping this book goes better than the others – considering I started both Snuff and Invisible Monsters and never finished either.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Just finished this book, also by David Sedaris. I loved it; the tone is heavier then the last one I read (Me Talk Pretty One Day) but even so, it’s still very funny. The theme of death is displayed throughout the book but Sedaris’ clever writing skills make it interesting and fun rather than depressing.

This is the book I’m currently in the middle of; Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. A good friend recommended it. She said it wasn’t ‘another book about an autistic child’, but a rather a collection of funny stories, starting out with why he, the author doesn’t talk ‘pretty’. It’s not ‘haha’ funny but it’s clever and a bit twisted. I’m thinking about reading his book, Naked, after this one. Has anyone read it?