19 January 2009

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

Thanks, Amanda!

This product, as you may have deduced from the name, is a tube of cream blush...looks sorta' like lipstick, but with a fatter tube. Amanda showed me hers over Christmas, and once I tried it, I was hooked. Super easy: just dab a few dots on your cheeks, and then use your fingers to blend it.

It wears longer and prettier than powder blush, and it's not as messy. Love it.

01 January 2009

A-Quiver with Significance: Marianne Moore, 1932-1936

edited by Heather Cass White (!)

I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book by its author/editor while I was home for Christmas. Perusing it has reminded me of how much I love Marianne Moore, and of how much I miss my English classes.


by Elaine Showalter

Non-fiction, which I almost never read, but this one's good. She discusses recent hysterical phenomena (such as chronic fatigue syndrome, recovered memories of childhood abuse, and alien abduction) and gives reasons for their rising popularity. She seems to conclude that repressed or unconscious feelings/fixations/psychoses/whatever tend to manifest themselves differently depending on what's happening socially, and that an increase in the diagnosis of these medical and psychological disorders is due, at least partially, to media coverage of new and interesting syndromes. A very good read, mostly because it's informative but not judgmental or flippant.

The Lace Reader

by Brunonia Barry

I heard a raving review of this book on NPR a while back, and every time I log onto Amazon, it's right at the top of my recommendations list. I bought it yesterday, and I'm about 15 pages in. We'll see if it's as great as everyone says.