Karana Blue

All about a good mug of coffee and a good piece of fiction. Pen and paper. Scenes snips that sizzle. Read the Printed Word!

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We Live in Water
Beautiful Ruins
These Days
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: Free Preview plus Bonus Material

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i’d rather be reading
me always (via theclassicreader)

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Coffee porn.     (Cinemagraphs and gifs from this cool article.)

It’s so beautiful….

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Animated artwork by Rebecca Mock

Fine, detailed and subtle animated artwork created by New York illustrator Rebecca Mock. Apparently the animated gif back to stay, gradually more and more people are exploring this old format and customers asking for shouting. Several of these illustrations were created for the New York Times or The Warlus magazine.

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A lot of this is sadly true. So much.

Which Mad Men Character Are You?


Sleek. Modernist. Cursive. Black. Adler Tippa S typewriter available here…

A Mad Men typewriter. This is on my wish list!

The show’s strength is still the way it relishes lingering and withholding, pausing and fetishizing, forcing the audience to gaze at endlessly interpretable images, like that final one of Don caught in the prison bars of his own broken sliding door. Yet, for all its languorous pacing, it’s surprisingly hard to predict.
Emily Nussbaum on last night’s “Mad Men” season première: http://nyr.kr/1eBdBs8 (via newyorker)

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That’s what leads people to try to write novels, for example. They like reading novels. They notice that people who write them win Nobel prizes. What could be more wonderful, they think, than to be a novelist? But liking the idea of being a novelist is not enough; you have to like the actual work of novel-writing if you’re going to be good at it; you have to like making up elaborate lies.


"Sometimes I like to think about what kind of sounds the people of a hundred or seventy-five years ago might have taken for granted, and those that are new—like the rattle of that stiff cereal bag, or a waking computer, of course—and those that will be extinct in our lifetime."

The soundtrack of a moment.

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Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…. Virtually every page is a cliffhanger—you’ve got to force them to turn it.
Dr. Seuss (via wordpainting)

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The test of whether people love what they do is whether they’d do it even if they weren’t paid for it—even if they had to work at another job to make a living. How many corporate lawyers would do their current work if they had to do it for free, in their spare time, and take day jobs as waiters to support themselves?

Paul Graham, “How to Do What You Love

Albert Einstein, who developed his most ground-breaking theories while working in a patent office would agree — as would novelist Haruki Murakami, who started writing while running a jazz club. What you do in your spare time matters, even if it doesn’t initially give you spare change. 

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Don’t gobblefunk around with words.
Roald Dahl (via booksandahotbeverage)

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