Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Busy Road

I am so used to it by now
that when the traffic falls silent,
I think a storm is coming.

--Lydia Davis
(the one, the only, the inimitable)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Marimekko Nerd

Because I am a total dork, and because my love for Marimekko in general, and Chronicle Book's Marimekko publishing (which I edit) in particular, knows no bounds, I volunteered to dress in an outfit that matches the book's cover and have my picture taken by my coworker Irene Kim, who happens to be an Instagram rock-star and all-around great photographer, to make some images for Chronicle to use on its social channels to help promote the book. Here are a few of the pictures that resulted, for your gentle mockery and enjoyment.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New York is Fun

Our Grandma/Mamma/Mable trip to New York this weekend was fabulous! Three ladies zipping about the big apple doing things like: eating pickles for dinner at the Carnegie Diner, taking a carriage ride through Central Park, walking on the High Line, riding the Circle Line boat (almost) all the way around Manhattan, exploring Grand Central Station, seeing the Lion King (an enraptured Mabel's thoughts as whispered to me during the show: "This play is awesome!" "It's so beautiful!" and "I've been waiting to see this my entire life!"), and visiting the Guggenheim. So great. Though I go every year for work it's been nearly a decade since I got to visit New York for pleasure. And to do so with my two best gals was such great fun!

Monday, October 27, 2014


This photo--the second-to-last weekly image I shot with real expired Polaroid film before switching to the new clone film made by the Impossible Project--would provide ample evidence for why such a film shift was needed; even if the other factor, of real Polaroid film becoming almost impossible to find at any price, had not also come into play.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Alex Teuscher's New York

I'm off for a ladies' weekend in New York City with Mabel and my Mama! The first non-work trip I've taken to Manhattan in over eight years, and the first time my mother has ever been there. We are very excited. So leaving you on Art Friday with Alex Teuscher's moody photos of the Big Apple--which lend a sort of noir-ish charm even to the most touristy places--seems especially apt. Have a lovely weekend, wherever you go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Authorship: the Dream and the Reality

This week on the Chronicle Books Blog I got to tell the story of how I came up with the idea for the recent book I not only edited, but also authored, New York Jackie. No joke: it came to me in a dream. Above is my sketch of what the book looked like in my dream. Below is what it really looks like. You can read the whole story here.