What Makes a Beach Read is a juicy list of 44 books to read with sand under your feet or a hammock under your backside. The curator here is the staff of Nashville’s sublime Parnassus Books. I’m on the prowl for new audiobooks, so this arrives just in time.
Really Cool Stitching
Heard a great talk last night by Ilze Aviks, an artist teaching at Shakerag Workshops this week. She works like a fiend, creating five-foot-high pieces with a bazillion handmade stitches that become apparent only when you get quite close to them. She’s thinking about war and peace, the perfect imperfection of rose petals, the memory of her mother contained in a room full of sewing notions. I don’t want to lift images from her website, but if you click right here, you can see the way she captures the brutal anxiety of being a latchkey kid. “Don’t worry.” “You’ll be fine.” All rendered in the most perfect, meticulous stitches. Just like Mom used to make . . .
We send special Friday greetings to our intern, Emma, who has in one stroke upped our millennial cred by 1,000%. She’s cooler than we ever were, is an art major already on her way, and we’re lucky to have her. Emma was the one who talked me down from the bell tower when my boy was heading off for his first Bonnaroo. She correctly predicted that he would a) survive and b) have a great time. Thanks, Emma, for jumping into the knitting world without a blink!
Wishing everyone a very slow weekend.