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Laurel Boruck  Rogue bibliophile, wind-blown galosher, dreamer of dreams.

An experiment in the making of breadstuff. A satisfying task, an ordinary marvel.

“There once was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

I consist mostly of books and blankets at this point, but I’m pretty sure there’s also a person somewhere under there.

Sometimes I need a trip to the Shire and Rivendell, sometimes to Hogwarts and the Burrow, and sometimes to Narnia. This time it’s the latter, so I ended 2018 and started 2019 here.

Festive friends, and dang if I don’t know how lucky I am to have ‘em.

I finished There There over a week ago, and it has a lot of merit, but I think maybe one of the best things I can say about it is that I’m still thinking about it, in a way that completely defies any kind of pithy summarization. Talking about it in short-form on the internet feels nigh on impossible, but if you decide to read it, we can talk.
#laurelreads #therethere

Tree gettin’. Those string lights and stump snowmen get me every year.

Earlier this year I went to the Lan Su Chinese Garden with my family. The docent told us that windows are used in the designs of Chinese gardens to create layered views that give the illusion of infinite space. And looking through this one and the one beyond, it seems like the garden could go on forever, doesn’t it? I’ve been thinking about that idea a lot—that we can make things feel expansive, even when infinite space isn’t available.

Please Participate (2015), by Jeppe Hein

Crackerjack friend, fine view.

I stayed up until 12:45am on Sunday finishing this, then had to stay awake for another hour reading theories about it on the internet (and was duly sleep deprived on Sunday). So. A few things.

First, I've been enthusiastically shouting at people about the Limetown podcast for the last three years. The setup? Three hundred men, women, and children go missing from a mysterious research facility; a decade later, a determined reporter starts getting phone calls from survivors. It’s my favorite audio-drama, and if you’re into thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi, or conspiracies, it might be up your street too. I’ve listened to it several times and it’s still totally riveting.

Second: this book! It answered some questions, introduced just as many new ones, and did some nice world and character building in the process.

Third, if I’ve sold you on it, here’s how to do this thing: listen to season one of the podcast, then read the book, then listen to season two. Yell “WHAT! AHH!” as needed. Go forth and enjoy.

Oh. And fourth. I saw @zacksakers, @outdoorskip, and @cotesmith at @powellsbooks last week and didn’t say any of the things a polite person should say when meeting the people who make stories they enjoy. It’s just because I was excited. Thanks, guys. This has been a really fun thing to shout at my friends about.

Last month I visited The Last Bookstore and it was quintessentially LA in the loveliest way.

#books #bookstores #thelastbookstorela #independentbookstore

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