On Reading Joan Didion in Paris

On a Spring day that felt like Winter, I climbed the stairs to the second floor of Shakespeare and Company, the legendary Left Bank bookstore. It was the kind of day we call “smoggy” in Los Angeles, if only because smoggy days come more frequently than overcast ones. I passed under the doorframe, glancing up … Continue reading

21 at 21

I didn’t make a list of New Years Resolutions. This was partly for ideological reasons, partly because I just didn’t get it together in time. In any case, my New Years Resolutions rarely ever work, likely because they end up as nebulous, abstract concepts like “wear more hats.” In 2011, I made a list of … Continue reading

Maison du Chocolat Hot Chocolate

I have been looking forward to today all week. Not because I had art history class, not because I did laundry, not because I am halfway through the week, but because today is the day I said I would allow myself another cup of Maison du Chocolat hot chocolate. For those of you closely following … Continue reading

Disorienting Things About Los Angeles: A List

I’ve been home for several weeks now. In the first few days of my return though, a number of things I had previously taken for granted in Los Angeles baffled me. 1. Multi-colored Suburbans. In DC, Suburbans are almost always black and almost always driven by Secret Service. 2. Lights blinking yellow. Where’s the red … Continue reading

A Gruesome Thursday

“‘Thursday.’ She stood up. ‘My God,’ she said, and sat down again with a moan. ‘It’s too gruesome.’” – Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s A post organized like my mind: Today, I’ve written six lists. It’s only 4 P.M. When I looked out the window this morning, it was sunny. I dressed for 55 degree … Continue reading

A New Addition: In Cold Blood

It’s been a while since I posted anything Capote-related. Clearly not enough to express the impact he has on my life. A couple weeks ago, my friend mentioned that she was “babysitting” a first edition of In Cold Blood. In a fit of jealousy, I hurried onto Amazon “collectibles” and snatched up a first edition … Continue reading

Some Observations About D.C.

1. People introduce themselves with their name and title.  “Hello, I’m so-and-so, Assistant Undersecretary to the Associate Legislative Assistant on the Subcommittee for Pipe Drainage Reform.” Yes, I made that title up. Yes, people really introduce themselves with their job and position. It’s weird. 2. The longer a person’s title is, the less important he or … Continue reading

Poor Posting Excuses

Some of you (by “some,” I mean my core group of five or so readers) may have noticed that my posting frequency has become more and more sporadic. This is for a variety of reasons: I work full-time. From 9:15 AM to 5:45 PM Monday thru Friday, I intern at a political magazine here in … Continue reading

Miss Representation

Last night, a group of girls and I watched the OWN premiere of Miss Representation, a documentary that explores the media’s portrayal of women in power. Studying in D.C., it appeared particularly applicable to our lives. For months, I had heard plenty about the build up to the documentary—especially when Oprah purchased the rights—but hadn’t … Continue reading

Embarrassing Minor Mishaps of the Last 24 Hours

1. I ran into a glass door. Unfortunately, this happens to me on a fairly regular basis. I have awful depth perception, so I usually think the door is a little further away than it actually is. One time in high school, I split my lip running into a glass door. This time wasn’t quite … Continue reading