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Find Momo!

My new favorite celebrity dog is Instagram user @andrewknapp‘s border collie, Momo.

“The angle in which Momo is essentially an adorable floating head.”

Seriously. Look at him! Not only is he adorable, he’s also super smart. He likes to hide in pictures:

Find Momo!
Find Momo!

There’s a whole Where’s Waldo-esque book of Find Momo! Check it out:

Basically Momo is furthering my longstanding obsession with border collies. And filling my Instagram feed with more awesome dog photos.

Books/things read recently (4/25/12)

Since I don’t read nearly enough, naturally I feel like bragging when I do.

Sticky Fingers: “Free Everything” by Miranda July, “Off the Shelf” by Patti Smith, “Stealing Fire” by Tobias Wolff, and “To Catch a Beat” by Jonathan Lethem (9 Feb 2012)
A series in the October 10, 2011 issue of The New Yorker, these are one page blurbs about personal experiences with shoplifting. Quite the all-star cast of writers, and they don’t disappoint.

“Citizen Conn” by Michael Chabon (10 Feb 2012)
Fiction from the February 13&20, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. A fun, gritty, yet poignant story about two creative minds behind a wildly successful (and fictional?) comic book world, narrated by, of all things, a rabbi. Excellent, and refreshingly different from the usual New Yorker fiction.

Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (14 Feb 2012)
Onward with Sherlock Holmes! Dr. Watson gets a romance?!? Tedious in explanation, but the bit with Toby the tracker dog was awesome.

More Sherlock Holmes that I can summarize with: well that was shorter and less complicated than I was anticipating.
A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (19 Feb 2012)
The Red-Headed League (20 Feb 2012)
A Case of Identity (20 Feb 2012)
The Boscombe County Mystery (23 Feb 2012)
The Five Orange Pips (25 Apr 2012)

I also inhaled The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (10, 11, 12 Mar 2012), and will have a longer blurb on that shortly.

All other reading of late has been swallowed by the impending MCAT. (Yes, again. Alas.)

Books read recently

Since I don’t read nearly enough, naturally I feel like bragging when I do.

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson (12 Nov 2011)
A book equivalent to a film noir. Hilarious and irresistibly compelling the way Johnson’s writing tends to be. A quick read, entertaining the whole way, even if the highly literary ending frustrates you to no end.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (? Dec 2011)
Lent to me by a friend to complete my reading of the series. As I’ve always maintained, Paolini is not a subtle writer. Everything happens in a very straightforward fashion, and I saw most of the major plot points coming from a mile away. Also, Eldunari = biggest deus ex machina I’ve ever seen. The online writing community hates Paolini with a passion, which I think is rooted in two places: 1) he managed to write a book, something most of the online writing community hasn’t done, and 2) he borrowed a little too generously from Tolkien. I don’t hate Paolini — I think the Inheritance Cycle is an undeniably entertaining and thoughtful series. I just wouldn’t call it great; it lacks the complexity and depth of great series like Harry Potter or His Dark Materials.

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (17 Jan 2012)
Amazing. Compelling, thought-provoking, and true. Recommended reading for everyone. Another relatively quick read, and it definitely got the cogs turning in my mind about human capacity and limits, and how to maximize efficiency in many walks of life.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (24 Jan 2012)
I’m embarking on a reading of all the Sherlock Holmes stories (somewhat inspired by my obsession with the BBC series Sherlock, a modern reimagining of the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson). It’s odd reading this older style of writing, but it goes down easy enough. The middle section that jumps over to Bringham Young in Utah threw me off for a bit, but it all fit together quite well by the end, as Sherlock Holmes’s mysteries often do.


Currently on the nightstand:
Sick: the Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis–and the People who Pay the Price  by Jonathan Cohn
The Eden Hunter by Skip Horack
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

Awesome juxtaposition

“Yesterday I was rocking out really hard to Rage Against the Machine while reading a NYT article about how kids need to be hugged when they’re little.” -Lucas


Also, tangentially related only because of what Lucas and I were talking about at the time, my gchat status: somewhere in the acknowledgements for this novel will be an insufficiently epic thank you to Russ Chimes for Expressway Mix, Parts 1, 2, and 3. (AND OMG THERE’S A PART 4).

Things I will do when I have my own kitchen

The holidays possibly bring out the worst in me. That being my bratty, picky, OCD baker self.

  1. Invest in a stand mixer
  2. Buy chocolate chips whenever they’re on sale at Safeway*
  3. Not leave raw meat sitting around in uncovered bowls. This is a thing at my house, apparently.
  4. Bake no-knead bread and not worry about taking up space in the fridge
  5. Keep a constant supply of pesto
  6. Be able to make oatmeal raisin cookies without worrying that my dad ran out of his usual organic oatmeal and subsequently used up all the oats that I bought specifically for baking cookies because they’re cheaper and no one cares whether or not they’re organic
  7. On a related note, buy non-organic oatmeal
  8. Attempt to make a batch of pain au chocolat
  9. Have my own container of ground cinnamon instead of the clumpy cinnamon in the pantry at home that my parents insist on using up before buying new cinnamon
  10. Have a dedicated shelf for my laptop and a set of speakers for browsing recipes and blasting music while I cook

*Conversation in the store yesterday
Mom: “Why do you need to buy more chocolate chips?”
Me: “They’re on sale! I want to stock up!”
Mom: “You never bake with them.”
Me: “Yes I do! I bake chocolate chip cookies for my friends!”
Mom: “You never bake things for us with them!”