Well-Dressed Prose

  • OOPS! All Recommendations
    I’ve read several bangers recently, so my dry spell is officially over! In fact, I wanted to recommend so many things this time that I realized I couldn’t add anything else. I may have questionable taste, but I sure enjoy telling people all about things I like. Isn’t that what the internet is literally for?… Read more: OOPS! All Recommendations
  • Was Shakespeare wrong about names and roses?
    I’m terrible at naming things. I’m not merely being hard on myself; I have a lot of proof. I truly suck at naming stuff, even cats. (My pet cats have been named Nigel and Jane, like the offspring of a timid vicar’s daughter in rural Derbyshire.) My last two newsletters were called “Exquisite Ephemera” and… Read more: Was Shakespeare wrong about names and roses?
  • Revisiting My Semiannual Seasonal Freak Out
    It’s been a minute since I talked about clothes, so we’re gonna talk about clothes today. (Sorry not sorry!) I managed to mitigate my seasonal freak out last autumn by applying the lessons I learned the previous spring. I didn’t do any panic shopping (a true victory), and although I had days where I felt… Read more: Revisiting My Semiannual Seasonal Freak Out
  • “A day in the life…”
    10:00 a.m.I can’t honestly call myself a morning person as I am an abomination of the lightless void, so I don’t awaken from my unholy slumber until mid-morning. I growl and unfurl my tentacles, and after my morning ablutions (even I must brush my numerous, savage teeth), I quickly devour a few of my favored… Read more: “A day in the life…”
  • It’s not me. It’s you.
    I’ve attempted to work through the perennial classic The Artist’s Way three times. I say “attempted” because I’ve never made it all the way through the book’s process, and I blamed myself each time I failed. I didn’t focus enough, I hadn’t given myself enough time, I didn’t follow through, I wasn’t disciplined, et cetera.… Read more: It’s not me. It’s you.
  • I guess I’m a croissant now?
    They say the backbone of a good newsletter is consistency, and I haven’t been able to deliver that recently. Little workaday setbacks have been throwing me off more seriously than they normally would. Am I burned out? Maybe. But I think what’s happening is slightly different and a little more insidious. I’m a little overwhelmed,… Read more: I guess I’m a croissant now?
  • The Devil’s in the Details
    Harold gulped down the strange breakfast cereal Greta had insisted was his favorite as he studied a row of snow-covered shapes in the backyard. “Where did the flower beds go?” he asked. “Those shrubs weren’t there before the storm.” Greta’s impatient fingers pulled him away from the frosted window. “Let frozen dogs lie, Harry. You’ll… Read more: The Devil’s in the Details
  • jack reacher is a giant freak
    This may seem out of character, but I love Jack Reacher. I’ve read most of the books and I also enjoy the Prime series. To me, Jack (No Middle Name) Reacher is an endlessly fascinating cultural artifact. First of all, the Reacher novels are written by a British guy (and, more recently, his brother). Sure,… Read more: jack reacher is a giant freak
  • Dress a little better with this one weird trick.
    There’s an obvious but often overlooked way to have a better relationship with your clothing: You need a tailor. Modern clothing sucks. There are many reasons (check out the Clotheshorse Podcast for more info), but shoddy fabric and poor construction are often to blame. Even when you find well-made clothing in a fabric that will… Read more: Dress a little better with this one weird trick.
  • Reunited, and it sounds so good.
    I know this doesn’t sound like a life-altering event, but a shelf broke on our CD rack about 10 years ago, leaving a giant crater in my life. Sounds dramatic, right? (Have you met me? Of course it sounds dramatic.) That event inspired me to digitize my massive CD collection because IKEA no longer sold… Read more: Reunited, and it sounds so good.