a list of my favorite things around the internet this week

  • I recently read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, which is a fictional account of the life if Hadley Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife.  Heavily researched by McLain, this novel brings to life some of the most acclaimed figures in literary history (Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald, and Stein, to name a few) AND some of the important figures behind the scenes who have, for the most part, faded into oblivion (wives, friends, lovers).  Though McLain’s writing does not compare to that of the characters in her book, The Paris Wife remains an enjoyable read, especially for those interested in the lives and practice of great writers.  If you would describe your interests as such, but not enough to sit through an entire book, this series of wedding photos of famous authors may suit you better.
  • It’s good to know that I am not the only one who has acquired the shameful habit of abandoning great literature.
  • This recipe for Clafoutis aux Framboises (from Food52, of course) was my inspiration for the Ginger-Pear Clafoutis I made for 4th of July.  Clafoutis is an unbelievably easy dessert under the guise of something fancy.  No matter how much you insist that making your clafoutis was easier than pie, people will be impressed.
  • Pitchfork Inc’s newly launched, extremely ambitious cinema website The Dissolve, is an instant favorite for reviews of and intelligent meditations on film.  At work on Thursday, I read it for most of the day under the legitimate guise of “research.”  Don’t you love when you can do that?
  • I found out yesterday that artist Ricky Boscarino’s surreally-beautiful home in New Jersesy, known as Luna Parc, opens up every so often to tours for the public.  The next one will probably be in October.  Who’s coming with me?

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