arbiter of cool, issue 13

song: "past lives" by BØRNS

"Past Lives" by BØRNS, via YouTube.

audio only, but still the most musical fun i've had since last friday.

quote:

"it's all about paying attention.  attention is vitality.  it connects you with others." - susan sontag, via "show your work!" by austin kleon.

article: 

i recently re-joined twitter (@julia_gabrick) because it's convenient (if still hideous).  as if to prove its utility, the site immediately slammed this reassuring and inspiring article -- "Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner's Reassuring Life Advice for Struggling Artists -- from fastcompany.com in my face.  it melts my heart with its honesty and inspiration.  

plus, it's excerpted from a new book-- "getting there: a book of mentors."  remember when i made him laugh?

something inspiring/exciting/beautiful/powerful:

"escape or die" is the true story of somali pirates taking over a cargo ship in the indian ocean in 2010.  fascinating and terrifying.  in this week's new yorker.