“Gaston was not only a fierce lover, with endless wisdom and imagination, but he was also, perhaps, the first man in the history of the species who had made an emergency landing and had come close to killing himself and his sweetheart simply to make love in a field of violets.”
— Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I’m delighted to share today’s Not Important weekend edition with everyone. You won’t find anything about climate, pandemics, AI, or anything else remotely stressful here.
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My book recommendation links are via Bookshop (print), Libro (audio), and Libby (library). Libby is a free way to check out digital e-reader and audiobooks from your US public library.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Bookshop, Libro) The rise and fall of Macondo. One of the greatest novels of all time.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Bookshop, Libro) Truly one of my favorite stories about love and loss and the power of books.
You can find the rest of my book recommendations at Bookshop here.
2 playlists, albums, or tracks
The Last Waltz by The Band (Apple Music, Spotify). The perfect album (and concert movie) for Thanksgiving because, well, just read this.
Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald (Apple Music, Spotify) Throw this classic on right after you fire up some Mariah Carey.
NYT Cooking. Invaluable this week. I cook a lot of the same stuff every year, but there’s always something to try here. Also, it’s fascinating to me that they mostly recommend their 4 star recipes in their newsletter. I wonder why?
Paprika app. I’ve shared this one before. It’s not the prettiest cooking app, but for scaling recipes and managing groceries, it’s unbeatable.
2 things I’m grateful for
My kids. Went away for a couple days and then got sick when I got home. I was so excited to see them, but then couldn’t for an additional 24 hours, and it crushed me. It’s wild, isn’t it?
Low-sodium veggie stock, obv. And any other vegan substitutes that get the job done this time of year.
Have a safe and wonderful rest of the week.