1. “Smart and savage….Seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak, [& Sons] made me reconsider my stance on…the term ‘instant classic.’” - NPR http://powells.us/1tUTsk8


  2. We’ve got the book on sale! It’s really good! http://powells.us/1qg0p0X

  3. Who’s tailgating PDX-style this weekend?


  4. "And also, what I’m really truly addicted to is reading. I love to read, and reading was my hedge against boredom on the road, because you’re always just flying on a plane or riding on a train or riding on a bus, and it’s just endless hours of boring travel, and I always had a book. I was never bored, because I could always find out something really interesting. If I tried drugs, I couldn’t remember the sentence I had just read. It just wasn’t a thing that worked for me."

    Linda Ronstadt on NPR’s Fresh Air talking about her avoidance of drugs. We’re pretty stoked to be hosting the musician this October.

  5. npr:

    Why A Symbol For ‘The’ Probably Won’t Take Off

    An Australian restaurant owner-turned-innovator has created a character to replace the word “the” in the English language. Similar to how the ampersand replaces “and” and the “@” symbol replaces the word “at,” Paul Mathis’ character looks to simplify the most common word in the English language.

    "The main functionality of this is in the texting space," Mathis told The Sydney Morning Herald. “Is this important? No. Is this going to change the world? Not really. But is it something that might be useful for people? I think so.”

    Mathis argues the ampersand (&) replaces “and,” the fifth most common word in English, and that the word “the,” which is used more frequently, has no such replacement. But as far as a new symbol for “the” goes, it won’t be gaining any wide-scale recognition anytime soon. Read the rest on NPR’s All Tech Considered blog.

    (Graphic: Youtube)

  6. npr:

    (via An Oscar-Nominated Guacamole: Your Friday Visual Feast)

    An Oscar-nominated animated short’s take on guac using this recipe: avocado hand grenades, chopped baseball onions and hand-picked light bulb chili peppers. A visual treat — heidi

    Nothing worse than almost losing a chip to the dip!


  7. thepenguinpress:

    Mary Oliver gave a rare interview to NPR’s Weekend Edition yesterday to talk about her latest book A Thousand Mornings. Here’s a poem from the collection:


    There are lots of ways to dance and
    to spin, sometimes it just starts my
    feet first then my entire body, I am
    spinning no one can see it but it is
    happening. I am so glad to be alive,
    I am so glad to be loving and loved.
    Even if I were close to the finish, 
    even if I were at my final breath, I
    would be here to take a stand, bereft
    of such astonishments, but for them.

    If I were a Sufi for sure I would be
    one of the spinning kind.