May 24, 2013

Read, Listen, Watch

It's the end of the week, and while it feels like November in June here in Toronto, why not spend the weekend reading a new book, listening to some new tunes, or watching a beachy video? Below are a few of my recent recommendations for all three.

Read: Winter Journal by Paul Auster. It's a simple memoir about growing old. This may sound strange, but there is nothing special that happens in Paul Aster's life. He writes about how he feels as a six year old, as a teenager; his feelings when his mother passes away; what it was like to meet his wife; how he feels about being 61; his apartment hopping in Paris and New York, yet nothing dramatic happens. There are no wizards or tricks or catastrophes, but his writing is so descriptive and attentive, that the simple items of life, like sneezing and dying and falling in love turn into magical prose.

“You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.”

Listen: She & Him Volume 3 - I would say that the world needs a bit more nostalgia for a simpler time. She & Him is the musical brainchild of Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward. I adored every She & Him volume (I & II) long before Zooey became a wide-eyed New Girl. Volume 3 brings back the retro charm with the guitar genius of M.Ward. The album is sunshine summer without being saccharine. It's 1950s charm meets wide-eyed romance. Start with: I could've been your girl. The video is pretty cute too.

Watch: J.Crew Surf - Ever since I tried surfing in Montauk last summer, I've had a fascination with real surfers, especially women who surf. J.Crew featured a video (see below) about the inspiration behind Pret‐à‐Surf, a (“ready to surf”) collection of surf gear made by women for women who want to wear fashionable items without compromising their sport.

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