Beauty slips through the door of our rational thought and gets us to see the world differently. — Sarah Lewis reflects on “aesthetic force" in a talk at the New York Public Library, March 26, 2014. (via explore-blog)
The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love. — Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014), Love in the Time of Cholera
Douglas Coupland: Mood-Altering Drugs -
I remember the late 1980s when Prozac took the world by storm. It was like Gangnam Style, except instead of one month, Prozac as a meme took five years to burn itself out. I remember it was hard to believe that a new psychotropic drug other than…
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Remember, the best beer in the world is the one you brewed. —
CHARLIE PAPAZIAN; The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (via theartofhomebrewing)
Charlie will be joining Steve Hindy (Brooklyn Brewery) and Kim Jordan (New Belgium) to talk about craft beers on April 25th! Pick up your tickets here.
LOOK: Douglas Coupland's Giant Golden Tree -
If you’ve ever spent a day (or 10) wandering through the greenery of downtown Vancouver’s Stanley Park, you’ve undoubtedly come across the famous Hollow Tree. The majestic (and literally hollow) tree has huge significance for many — even, as it turns out, beloved artist and Vancouverite Douglas Coupland.
Within minutes of our first conversation, Karen Russell was describing the antics of a hypothetical sentient mustache. It would hail a cab and hop a flight around the world, she decided, sneaking away from its given face in the dark the night. We agreed it seemed a very mustacherly thing to do. “The mustache is not, like, paying its taxes.” — A Few Very Important Facts About Author Karen Russell, from Gapers Block. (Read the full interview here)
Unusual Seder Plates, a Traditional Neapolitan Tart, Singani and More -
Look who popped up the NYT’s Dining and Wine section?!
LIVE from the NYPL | Douglas Coupland & Chuck Palahniuk by The New York Public Library -
Watch The New York Public Library’s LIVE from the NYPL | Douglas Coupland & Chuck Palahniuk on Livestream.com. Can a literary conversation double as a social experiment? Absolutely, if the writers on stage are Douglas Coupland, author of Worst. Person. Ever., and Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. Chuck Palahniuk is most commonly known as the author of the novels Fight Club and Choke, both of which were made into films and released through 20th Century Fox. Of the former, the critic Rex Reed wrote, “Perhaps this film will find its target audience in hell.” In total, Palahniuk has written fourteen novels and two books of nonfiction. His newest novel, Beautiful You, will be released in October. Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the international bestsellers Generation A and JPod and nine other novels, including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic, Microserfs, and Generation X, along with nonfiction works, among them a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, furniture and fashion designer, and screenwriter. He lives and works in Vancouver.
You want to tune in to this one tonight. Beach balls with glow sticks. That is all that needs to be said.