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(5) Things we love….#54

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LA Park La BreaAs I drive around Los Angeles, I am often mesmerized at how beautiful this city can be. Traffic, heat and contradictions notwithstanding, the beauty of the city unfolds slowly and, after, 20 years it still has the power to amaze me. This week, it’s amazement I am after, whether in the quotidian I see, the love of a special person I cannot afford to take for granted or women’s ingenuity.

New Yorker writer imageOne. By and large, the life of a writer sucks: rejection, blocks, insecurity, procrastination. Apparently, being a woman is also a disadvantage: this piece, featured in Jezebel, is far from a feminist rant. Catherine Nichols, prodded by friends, disguised her novel under a male moniker and the results were unexpected – and not in the ways you might think.

screaming womanTwo. My beloved and very serious New Yorker, can be funny. Sofagirl, I promise you. Here is proof. This also resonates because my phone is never more than a few inches far away from me and the real reason why I haven’t invested in an Apple watch is purely financial.

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Three. Unlike New York, Los Angeles wouldn’t strike anyone as a city that was symmetrically planned. Yet, pockets of it are strangely maze-like, at least from a perspective unknown to most of its residents: from the air. Photographer Jeffrey Milstein gives us a bird’s eye view that is strangely moving.

Four. Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic was always into small things, with a special obsession for miniatures. His passion has translated into microscopic sculptures made from pencils’ tips. Dordevic applies an exacto knife to the graphite and achieves mind-boggling details (found on mymodernmet)

my mother busy making pasta
my mother busy making pasta

Five. Not exactly a “thing”, my mother is a wondrous creature: resourceful, upbeat, a glass half- -full kind of person. I am lucky to have her. So, if you are also lucky enough to have your mother in your life, don’t forget, even when she is annoying, pedantic, guilt-inducing or just plain wrong, what a gift she is.

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8 Comments

  1. Your mum is so cute. Whatever is she so busily at work on..?
    I’m delving into the Catherine Nichols piece now when I top up my tea…

    August 17, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I think she was making ravioli. As a writer, I bet you liked that piece.

      August 18, 2015
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  2. sofagirl
    sofagirl

    Oh – I agree – the jokes in the New Yorker are my favourite kind – dry and immediate. The articles, on the other hand are way way way too long. I lose my will lot live at paragraph 50 …

    August 16, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I know. The Atlantic is even worse…

      August 16, 2015
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  3. I concur – that New Yorker article did make me laugh 😀 That article by Catherine Nichols, however, was a bit disheartening (although kind of inspiring in a way…?)

    August 15, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I liked how she used the lessons she drew from the exercise to become a better writer, instead of stewing into the unfairness of it all. Still, unfair.

      August 16, 2015
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  4. I was just in LA (for one day) and I wish I could have stayed longer. There seems to be a lot to explore and a very diverse culture to find. We stayed in Dana Point for a couple of nights (loved it) and my husband had a lunch meeting in town so we drive in with him.

    August 15, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Did you stay at the Ritz Carlton? I was there for a birthday weekend with my husband and it was fabulous!

      August 16, 2015
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