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It’s Happy Hour Somewhere

I just read Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler.

I have to be honest, the first few chapters of her book were totally lost on me.  I had come to the conclusion that 95% of her comedic brilliance is in the delivery which doesn’t always translate well in print.

As you can imagine, I was pretty disappointed… I mean first of all, it’s Chelsea.  And even though I need not say more, I will… #5 for Hardback Nonfiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List.  How could I not be like everybody else (bite your tongue)?!?!

But after the first 40 pages I pulled myself together and channeled my inner-Chelsea, which lets face it, wasn’t too hard – and read that book like it was meant to be read… with a cocktail in hand.  (Insert truth: it was a Starbucks grande, extra-hot, non-fat latte but come on… it was 9am on Sunday)

Anyway, I finished the book in about three hours and laughed literally out-loud (it’s totally acceptable… I live alone) too many times to count.  Net net, I recommend the book to anybody who needs a laugh and is not easily ever offended.

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When I Grow Up

… I want to be like Iris Apfel.  This style maven clearly finds the finds joy in life… which is now a major priority of mine after seeing The Bucket List.  She is so fabulously unique and at ease diving into a little bit of everything using only a subtle dose of restraint.

I have to add her book, Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, to my collection… you should too!


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Look at this little piece of “clever” – the Abracadabra bookmark designed by Jung-Hyun Lee, Won-Sik Chae & Rhea Jeong. 


The bookmark contains an air-filled chamber, half of which is flattened by the weight of a book, therefore pushing a little air bubble into the exposed tab.  And then by squeezing the exposed tab, the air is pushed back into the other chamber lifting the page just enough for your finger to slip in.

No wonder it won the Red Dot Award for Best Design Concept.

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Lust For – I

My first installment of  “Lust For”

I love books – everything about them (minus the ridiculous cost to move them from one apt to another).  My ideal would be to have a beautiful built-in bookcase that lines my study (when I actually have a study) but in the meantime I would happily settle for the Sapien Bookcase by Bruno Rainaldi.


That brings me to my latest list of “lust fors” which just happen to be books… hardcovers, of course!


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sTori Telling


So last night was the first time I have ever attended a book signing.  Who, might you ask, was thrilling enough to pull me out to the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 7pm? 

Tori Spelling

I really just wanted to see her up-close… not actually meet her… and I could care less about her signature… but since I did genuinely want to read her book (don’t judge me but my guilty pleasures have also included Victoria Beckham‘s That Extra Half an Inch) it made sense… sorta!?!

My lack of fashion flare was glaring as I stood in line with some of SF’s best “Queens” but it was well worth the effort as it may have possibly been the best people watching of the last decade.  Important highlights include:

  1. Tori Spelling telling her semi-famous tranny impersonator, Suppositori Spelling, to “break a leg” 
  2. A pan handler telling all of us, “I don’t even want to meet Tori any more after meeting her fans” (because nobody was giving him money)
  3. Some of the majorly cracked-out middle aged creeps who were actually SCALPING photos from her 90210 glory days while they discussed William Shatner’s upcoming book signing… Tori’s fans are trekkies!!!

I have to remind myself that I will never get those two hours of my life back… and I am happy to report that it is fine by me! 


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Minus the Pot of Gold


Leprechauns everywhere are jumping for joy over this Rainbow In Your Hand flip-book by Masashi Kawamura.   This flip-book has 36 pages of an image of the color spectrum against a black background which gives the illusion of a rainbow hovering over the book as the pages are flipped.

If you must have one… and I know you do… go to Utrecht.

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The Works


I don’t usually ask for books as gifts… but if I did, The Works: Anatomy of a City would be the book… new and in hardcover!

About the Book:  The Works: Anatomy of a City contains everything you ever wanted to know about what makes New York City run.  Across the city lies a series of extraordinarily complex and interconnected systems. Often invisible, and wholly taken for granted, these are the systems that make urban life possible.  The Works: Anatomy of a City offers a cross section of this hidden infrastructure, using beautiful, innovative graphic images combined with short, clear text explanations to answer all the questions about the way things work in a modern city. It describes the technologies that keep the city functioning, as well as the people who support them.  While the book uses New York as its example, it has relevance well beyond that city’s boundaries as the systems that make New York a functioning metropolis are similar to those that keep the bright lights burning in big cities everywhere.   The Works is for anyone who has ever stopped mid-crosswalk, looked at the rapidly moving metropolis around them, and wondered, how does this all work?

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