1. Things no one tells you #121: that a whole passage in “Anna Karenina” is narrated by a dog!

    Things no one tells you #121: that a whole passage in “Anna Karenina” is narrated by a dog!

  2. Resolution

    lazybookreviews:

    1.  When I wake up in the middle of the night and have to go to the bathroom, I’m going to get up right away, instead of thinking the need will eventually pass, and then lying there for four hours unable to sleep.

    That is all.

    Now this I can get behind.

  3. Current favorites. 

    If it has been too easy to underestimate Real Estate in the past, it might be in part because of this: Suburbs are not often stages, in the popular imagination, for great existential drama. They are places of reverie, of absence, into which the drama of the real-world intrudes. But Atlas gazes calmly and wisely into the face of some troubling questions: Mortality, the passing of time, the problem of loneliness. With it, Real Estate have made more than just their third excellent record in a row, more than just their best-ever record. They’ve made the first record of their career that feels like it might teach you something over time. It is rare, and special, for a band to be this effortlessly and completely themselves. 

    (Pitchfork review.)

  4. As the dearth of female bylines in 2013 continues to be dissected, this is a screenshot of Haaretz’s op-ed contributors… 

    As the dearth of female bylines in 2013 continues to be dissected, this is a screenshot of Haaretz’s op-ed contributors… 

  5. Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It’s killing us.

    We need to fight for our right to lean back and put our feet up.

    Here’s the thing: We’ve created a world in which ubiquity is valued above all. If you’re not at your desk every night until nine, your commitment to the job is questioned. If you’re not checking email 24/7, you’re not a reliable colleague.

    But in a world in which leaning in at work has come to mean doing more work, more often, for longer hours, women will disproportionately drop out or be eased out.

    — Interesting take by Rosa Brooks.

  6. Jun Ahn,“Self-Portrait” (2008). On this and other portraits.

    Jun Ahn,“Self-Portrait” (2008). On this and other portraits.

  7. What is peculiar, even a little bitter, about living for so many years away from the country of my birth, is the slow revelation that I made a large choice a long time ago that did not resemble a large choice at the time; that it has taken years for me to see this; and that this process of retrospective comprehension in fact constitutes a life – is indeed how life is lived. Freud has a wonderful word, ‘afterwardness’, which I need to borrow, even at the cost of kidnapping it from its very different context. To think about home and the departure from home, about not going home and no longer feeling able to go home, is to be filled with a remarkable sense of ‘afterwardness’: it is too late to do anything about it now, and too late to know what should have been done. And that may be all right.

    — James Wood, “On Not Going Home.”

  8. Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating during the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, 1924. They married five years later. Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

    Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating during the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, 1924. They married five years later. Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

  9. Meet Isaac Herzog, the Israeli Politician Who Speaks English With a Democratic Accent →

     I profiled Israel’s new leader of the opposition, and you can read it by clicking on this thing.