Today, I could no longer delay a car repair I’d been fretting about. When I got the call from my neighborhood mechanic that the car was ready, I walked over with dread. He took my credit card and sighed, “you’re not going to like this.” I took a deep breath. But then he grinned and said, “no charge!” We hugged. When I told him I had to race home to watch the World Series, the mechanic whispered that he was a Giants fan, not something readily admitted to in L.A. We hugged again. To top it off, the Giants just took the first game 7 – 1.
Amazing by Mel Bochner
Even I was enchanted by George Clooney’s marriage to the fabulous Amal Alamuddin, featured in this photo, as she’s being fitted for her gown designed by Oscar de la Renta. News was just announced of de la Renta’s death at the age of 82.
Today, a friend who is an accomplished poet and writing teacher, admitted that she never finished Giliad by Marilynne Robinson. I didn’t either. What acclaimed book did you quit?
Illustration by Austin Kleon
With all the ebola hysteria, it’s a good time to remember the virus we’re infinitely more likely to get, especially because there’s something we can do about it. A few years ago, I was finally persuaded to get my first flu shot by a doctor friend who works in a free clinic. He explained that the shot may not be so important for me, given that I’m healthy and would likely survive the flu. But I could transmit it to someone who is more vulnerable.
Sculpture by Ivan Navarro
Yesterday, I got an indicator on my iMac that the trackpad batteries were low. Apple’s design is so seamless, I couldn’t see where the opening was to remove the batteries. So I googled it and found an illustration with clear instructions which began with, “Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.” And I wondered, who keeps coins around anymore?
Sculptural cube made from pennies by Robert Wechsler
“Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.” - E.E. Cummings (born on this day).
Feelings by Simon Evans
I’m in a wonderful book group. Right now, we’re reading The Waves by Virginia Woolf, which I find pleasurable, but difficult. Last night, when we assembled for our monthly discussion, someone suggested we each take a character and read passages of the book out loud. It was an inspired way to absorb Woolf’s complicated prose. Try it sometime with other adults (or by yourself). It’s liberating.
Illustration by Tom Gauld
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Comic by Matt Groening
I keep a jar of garlic-stuffed olives readily accessible on a shelf in my refrigerator. Before stowing them in the fridge, I empty out the liquid and replace it with vermouth. And whenever I want a martini, I toss a few vermouth-soaked olives in the bottom of a glass (which has been kept in the freezer) and pour chilled vodka over them. Starting Friday, October 10, you’ll be able to check out my guest post on Eating Rules. Andrew Wilder, who created the site, asked me to take his “October Unprocessed Pledge” and we had a series of negotiations about it. The one thing I told him I couldn’t give up were these olives. He assured me that would be ok.
Illustration by Design crush