Summer is here! In fact, we’re already digging our toes into the dog days of summer. It’s hot and sticky, and the days are long. Usually the long days mean lots of reading outside – by the pool, near the ocean or in the park. With all these longer days you would think I’d have read more books by now. Yet, I’ve only managed to finish reading two. My reading list has been heavy on the non-fiction lately. I’m excited to change things up with a stack of fiction reads for the rest of summer. Here’s my summer reading list:
I recently saw First Aid Kit live in Philly at Union Transfer. What an amazing show.
June is always my favorite (birthday!) month. It means outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. It means refreshing German Hefeweizens. It means the morning sun beaming in my window. Here are few snapshots from the month of June. I blinked, and it was over.
I can’t stop watching this video. It makes me want to fast-forward to September right now.
This Place is a short film by Instrument Labs exploring the Oregon Coast through the eyes of its inhabitants, real people like you and me. This Place is accompanied by a series of interactive vignettes to further share what makes the Oregon coast a unique place to those who call it home.
You can experience the full site at thisplacejournal.com.
Today marks the first day I met Mike. In our world, it’s like our one year dating anniversary. We never really kept track of the day we officially starting dating though. And to be honest, it doesn’t matter much. For us, today is the perfect day as any to celebrate the genesis of our relationship.
I have 513 friends. I regularly share personal moments and epistolary updates with all of them. But how well do they know me? Just because we are Facebook friends, does that mean we really know each other? Are they even listening?
The spot: The Fridge
The where: 534 North Mulberry Street, Lancaster, Pa.
When and why to go: When you want pizza, beer and not a lot of nonsense, you go to The Fridge. This bottle shop and pizza cafe uses all local ingredients and boasts a lively crowd. Sit by the cozy fire and admire the glow of 400+ bottles or enjoy the weather outside perched on a stool along Mulberry Street.
The brilliant Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is master of commanding sounds and arranging music. I’m a big fan of her newest song, “Digital Witness.” Her song talks about the changes in our digital age, and how people observe the world around them through their devices rather than being present: “People turn the TV on / it looks just like a window.”
Channeling electronic 80s rock and Bob Dylan’s narrative song writing style, The War on Drugs emerged from Philadelphia after an initial collaboration with founding guitarist Kurt Vile. In fact, the band played at the XPoNential Music Festival in 2012. Enjoy!
In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d share an old poem I wrote back in college called “the city that sleeps with the fishes.” I wrote it in fixed verse form like a sestina but with my own special touch. The poem has so much personality, and it still is one of my favorites. It was published in Shoofly Literary Magazine at Kutztown University.