Tuesday, April 10, 2012

So I'm penpals with the literati

Last month I learned about this cool project from The Rumpus, called simply, Letters In The Mail. It's a subscription service ($5 per month) where you receive letters in the mail from various famous people (mostly authors I believe). As you know (or maybe you don't) I love getting mail (sans bills) so this was right up my alley!

Yesterday, I got an email saying they were renewing my subscription and I was like, "Hold up! I never received a letter!" So I check my P.O. Box today and look at what I found:

Three letters! From Aimee Bender, Padma Viswanathan, and Rick Moody. The letters are all very different and interesting, Aimee even added drawings (very cute by the way). All authors provided their addresses, so I guess I can write them back... and who knows they might write back!

The only thing I didn't realize when I joined this subscription (probably because I got too excited and over-looked this technical detail) is that all the letters will be photo-copied and mailed to subscribers. I don't know why I thought I would get individual personalized letters, but hey, I'm not complaining. I feel like I'm just part of a secret mailing list.

Anyway, if you like getting mail... sign up too!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Live long and prosper

President Barack Obama and Nichelle Nichols giving the Vulcan Salute.

Source [@RealNichelle]

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Audrey Hepburn


Source [We Had Faces Then]

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cover: La Vie en Rose

Edith Piaf

Louis Armstrong

Monday, April 2, 2012

Book Review: Exiles (Star Trek: The Next Generation #14)


Exiles (Star Trek: The Next Generation #14) by Howard Weinstein
Rating: 3/5


As far as TNG novels go this isn't the worst and it isn't the best. A pretty standard story where the Enterprise has to negotiate peace between two worlds... oh yeah, at one point Picard makes an announcement to the entire crew and families on board and basically says "we're all about to die, just wanted you to know"... but luckily the threat passes and everyone lives. I found this pretty funny because I doubt Picard would actually make that kind of announcement (a little OOC) I can't help but imagine what everyone on board was thinking? I wonder how many people decided to leave the Enterprise after that little announcement like, "you know the star ship is nice and all, but I'll take my chances on a star base."

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What do you think about love at first sight?


Dean: I don't know, I just feel like I should just stop thinking about it, you know, but I can't. Maybe I've seen too many movies, you know, love at first sight. What do you think about love at first sight? You think you can love somebody just by looking at them? But the thing is man, I felt like I knew her, you ever get that feeling? Yeah, I probably don't right... it felt like I did though. [... ]

Dean: She just seems different, you know? I don't know, I just got a feeling about her. You know when a song comes on and you just gotta dance?

This quote is from the film Blue Valentine. I found this movie lovely, a sleeper hit for me, but I'm pretty sure it's not for everyone. It's a relationship movie, nothing more, nothing less. I loved how Ryan Gosling's character, Dean, was utterly in love with her. I mean he wore his heart on his sleeve and it was beautiful to me...

Now listen to their song (which I can freely admit to listening 6 times in a row), You and Me by Penny & The Quarters:

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