As both a New Yorker and a bonafide Francophile, I am a madly adoring fan of the brilliant graphic designer Vahram Muratyan’s website, Paris versus New York. He compares the City of Lights to the Big Apple in a way that isn’t snarky, or biased toward one or the other — rather, they read more like romantic odes to both cities. His modern designs and prints have gained something of a following since his blog’s debut in 2010, and last week he released a 224-page book of his contrast-and-compare illustrations. If you’re a fan of Paris vs. NYC, or Paris, or NYC, or all of the above, you must get this book. It’s simple and lovely and makes me want to book a trip to La Ville-Lumière, dès que possible. Equally charming: this Blackbook interview with the artist. [$20, in Anthropologie stores and online]
Who knew the combination of spray paint and prominent literary figures would be so delightful? Flavorwire tracked down the best examples of literary street art, including a Robert Frost quote on a London street and a Sylvia Plath portrait in Portland. More of our favorites, after the jump… [Flavorwire]
Magazine 13 rounded up some of the most awkward books ever. Like Down Home Gynecology. Oh no. Please don’t tell me. I don’t even want to know. Check out a few of the titles we can’t believe actually exist.
One of the best perks of being a blogger is the opportunity to interview people who admire. Interviewing the author Lionel Shriver, whose Orange prize-winning novel We Need To Talk About Kevin — the film starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller, that is currently in theaters — was one of the best experiences of my career. Keep reading »
New Year, New You at The Frisky has focused on ways to improve our outward appearance by dressing more adventurously, dragging our doughy carcass to spin class, and upping the fabulosity quotient. It’s also explored how to grow in relationships and at work through standing up for ourselves, being more productive, and making the first move. But what about our inner world? After we’ve found the perfect shade of red lipstick, cleaned out our closets, and told a passive-aggressive friend to chill out, what comes next? Well, I propose in 2012 that we try to expose ourselves to newer genres of literature we’ve never experienced before. It’s fine to read the blockbuster novel du jour that make the bestseller list — i.e. The Da Vinci Code, The Pillars of the Earth, The Hunger Games, etc. — but this year, why not try something new? Keep reading »
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and not been happy with what you saw reflected back at you, 150 Pounds is the novel for you. Written by Kate Rockland, the book tackles a heady issue for many women — body image — through the perspectives of two authentic and often at-odds female bloggers, as they examine what the “right” message is to send women about weight. Rockland’s voice is funny and smart, and despite the girly cover, 150 Pounds avoids the usual chick lit tropes. Much like cupcake, you won’t be able to put it down. [$15.82, Amazon]