Friday, January 31, 2014

LEAVE NO TRACE




Photos By Lynn Bagley
(Sweater: H&M (Men's), Boots: Vintage)

Just trying to blend in. I am one with the tree and its mosses.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

FROZEN









Soft pastels by Zaria Forman, who is enviably awesome. Forman journeys around the globe to study the waters, ice and light featured in her stunning drawings. In 2012 she lead an art expedition to Greenland, then followed the glacial meltwater to The Maldives, capturing everything she saw on paper. Like OK. But aside from being captivating, Forman's work is a chilly reminder of the global climate crisis that sits on our collective back burner. 

If you want to learn more about Earth's rapidly disappearing ancient ice, check out this documentary.

Monday, January 27, 2014

KAFKA ON THE SHORE

What to wear: A long, delicate 1960s era nightie (preferably blue).
What to drink: Nothing because the book itself is on one.

Kafka on the Shore was my second venture into the trippy, dream-centered world that is a Murakami novel (the first being The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), and I was pleasantly surprised by the lightness of this particular trip. It’s kind of ridiculous to refer to this book as “light”—the story line is anything but—but compared to Wind-Up Bird, ya. It was light. Light in that I didn’t have what felt like LSD-induced dreams practically every night while I was reading it. But anyway.  

Kafka tells the intertwined stories of a boy of the same name and an old simpleton named Nakata. They are both on journeys in the non-traditional sense, and neither live in a realm you could call reality. I mean, they do technically, but their minds function on a different plane (much, I’m guessing, like the mind of Murakami himself, whom I desperately want to meet because he is clearly some sort of psychic-genius-otherwordly human, and I’m pleased he’s using his powers for good). Kafka comes from a truly messed up “family,” like messed up in the Oedipus sense, which is to say beyond the norms of typical dysfunction, while Nakata was involved in a mysterious, WWII-era accident that left him less-than-smart. The accident also rendered him able to speak to cats, though, and sometimes you have to let the bad in with the good. 

I don’t want to do spoilers in these reviews, because I’m not that kind of girl, so I will just say that following these two on their respective quests is not a waste of time. Let yourself fall into the rabbit-hole of Murakami’s mind. Definitely a page-turner, and likely a book I will pick up again on a rainy day. If you’re into a darker vibe, pick up Wind-Up Bird, but be prepared for the dreams (seriously).

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES



This movie stomped all over my heart last night. But as it's from Ghibli it did so in a hauntingly beautiful way.

Monday, January 20, 2014

WE ARE STARDUST





Images from You Are Stardust, a seriously fantastic picture book created by author/scientist Elin Kelsey in an effort to put kids back in touch with their fundamental connection to the natural world. Not a bad reminder for grown-ups, either.

Also, Joni, because how can you not.

Thursday, January 16, 2014