Spotted

A place for my finds, both online and offline.
This is my favourite page from Vahram Muratyan’s brilliant book of illustrations comparing Paris and New York.

Having lived in Paris for a little over a week now, I still can’t stop my head from jerking upwards at the sight of a particularly beautiful balcony, complete with a gorgeously bright flower pot.

This is my favourite page from Vahram Muratyan’s brilliant book of illustrations comparing Paris and New York.

Having lived in Paris for a little over a week now, I still can’t stop my head from jerking upwards at the sight of a particularly beautiful balcony, complete with a gorgeously bright flower pot.

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time!

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time!

There’s something so exciting about getting mail! Especially pretty mail 😃

There’s something so exciting about getting mail! Especially pretty mail 😃

It’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing…the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.

Lev Grossman manages to smash “you don’t have to be a genius” and “keep your day job” into his great essay, "How Not to Write a Novel" (his book, The Magician’s Land, is out this week)

This is what I need to hear!

(Source: annajarzab, via housingworksbookstore)

This is the first time I’ve picked up a book because a character in another book was reading it.

This is the first time I’ve picked up a book because a character in another book was reading it.

I had an IQ that would have broken you in two but I would have traded it in for a halfway decent face in a second.

—This is How your Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Deliciousness from Café Noir: Tomato bruschetta, a Croque-Monsieur and the most wondrous caramel tart.

Shiny beautiful things at Anand Sweets in Koramangala.

I haven’t sat on a park bench in years!

I haven’t sat on a park bench in years!

Sundays are for reading books on park benches with the grass tickling your feet and a breeze in the air.

Sundays are for reading books on park benches with the grass tickling your feet and a breeze in the air.