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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Literary Living Style

We're moving... again.

Not across the country, again, thank god. And this time with the help of professional movers, thank god.

We're just headed to another neighborhood in Seattle. We're locked in there for a while, which means I'm browsing furniture and decor that I could invest in knowing I won't have to pack it up and move with it anytime soon.

Of course, it is hard to walk away from the gravitational pull of library-themed furniture and beautiful bookshelves. So I've found myself pinning so many wonderful book-related things and figured I should share some of my unearthed gems.

I actually used to have that Library sign from three potato four, but I didn't pack it very well and the wood snapped when I moved. It's a candidate for a repurchase.

And luckily my boyfriend is on board with the whole neutrals + gold thing, so most of these could probably get the "okay". (I'm so lucky.)

Seriously though, a card catalog for my home, please.


still obsessed with this literary-inspired collection from Kate Spade

too many beautiful bookshelves, not enough square footage

reading is radical!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Blogging again is difficult. Beer helps.

It's difficult to fall back into routines you've let go of.

Like, posting on this blog. Or reading regularly.

I'm trying to jump back into both. They go hand-in-hand, so it's a commitment that should be super easy and natural, right? Sort of.

Something that makes that reading part earlier is getting one of those really great emails from the library saying a book you put a hold on is finally available. I got one of those emails earlier this week and walked to my branch on Monday to pick up Galileo's Middle Finger by Alice Dreger.

One of my favorite ways to spend a sunny afternoon is to make that walk, pick up a book and head straight to one of the best little restaurants in my neighborhood. They have a great patio and on beautiful afternoons, I know I won't be the only one sitting at one of their picnic tables with a book and a beer.

A photo posted by Alaina Buzas (@alainabuzas) on

Of course, as soon as I snapped this picture, I thought of one of the best Tumblrs out there: Book and Beer, which, quite obviously, pairs good beer with good books.

So far, the best combination I've seen has been the glory of drinking a Russian Stout while reading War and Peace. Too. Good.

Do you drink when you read? So curious. I feel like there's so many photos that go around of wine drinking and reading... hmm...


my new favorite kind of poetry

"It is often much harder to get rid of books than it is to acquire them" 

still loving all things Lego + libraries

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amber Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler is My New Favorite Kind of Poetry

Moment of honesty.

Outside of Frank O'Hara, I'm not quite the biggest fan of poetry. It's not that I dislike all poetry ever, I just never got super into it. 

But when I received a galley copy of Amber Tamblyn's Dark Sparkler, I was immediately totally, absolutely in love.

Dark Sparkler is a collection of more than thirty poems as portraits of famous actresses who may have initially been stars on the red carpet but later fell far from the good kind of spotlight. Tamblyn's words pull you in to feel like you are deep in the minds of these women, however dark they may be.

Although the words are the skeleton of Dark Sparkler, Tamblyn's talent really shines in her curation of the collection as a whole. The book reminds me so much of the journals I've kept in the past; full of portions of a text, sketches, collage, print outs, etc. The pieces commissioned for Dark Sparkler vary from paintings to sketches to collages to comics, but there are no photographs. Just like Tamblyn's poetry, the artwork that accompanies her words isn't what we would expect to be paired with a series of profiles. Instead of portraits we would recognize, the original artwork woven into the pages of Dark Sparkler, reflects the inner thoughts and feelings of these starlets.

I wanted to share this from the foreword by Diane di Prima, which I found to be 100% true:
At some point you will begin to get curious. Something will start to tug at the edge of your mind/heart. At that point, go to the library or search the Internet for information about any girl/woman you find yourself thinking about... Read their (often sadly short) stories. Let your imagination fill in what book and computer don't say.
The collection is practically addicting. You really get lost in these pages and in the world of these women, researching them after reading Tamblyn's portraits.

Plus, Frank is in this book.

Learn more about Amber Tamblyn at, which is pretty good lookin' as far as actor sites go, and her poetry non-profit at


hey there, stranger!

I love my city.

the bus from Into the Wild, because I saw my friend Kristi this weekend!

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