Julie and I spent four days in Tulum , Mexico to get away, reconnect, and relish our last moments before our baby arrives this summer. We were struck by the simple beauty of this Caribbean beach town, the delicious food, and the hospitality of locals. I’ve been to a lot of places, but I’ve never encountered such clear water and, more importantly, fresh ceviche. DSC_0867DSC_0901DSC_0935DSC_0900

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Elizabeth Robar on Attention and Consciousness

“In narrative or literary terms, the skilled writer will carefully regulate his rate of information flow, so the reader will be alert enough to be able to process new information. A reader who is overwhelmed with material loses alertness and becomes incapable of processing more. Too much prominence for the attention incapacitates its ability to function, and nothing more is perceived as prominent.”

-Elizabeth Robar, The Verb and Paragraph in Biblical Hebrew 

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Two Mountains


In two days.

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Fall Reading List: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


Haruki Murakami has become one of my favorite contemporary authors the last couple of years. Somehow he manages to infuse his dreamy magical realism with the compulsive page turning of a mystery novel. His latest translation in English Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is no exception. I sat down to read the first chapter last evening and discovered sometime around 2 AM I had finished the novel. It was rather sentimental compared to Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but an arresting read none the less.

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Watchtower of Turkey

This dizzying video beautifully captures something of the intrigue and mystique that Turkey holds for me.

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This is My Hand

this is my hand my brightest diamond

Ethereal, cinematic, other-worldly. With This is My Hand Shara Worden proves that everything she touches is gold. Listen to My Brightest Diamond’s new album on NPR First Listen for the next week. 

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Shake Shack

Shake Shack Istanbul

Sometimes globalization is all right, I guess. 

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