"We gladly feast on those who would subdue us."


Exciting news: Kate Beaton has a book!

Regular news post: This is half so I can remember this, myself. But this quote is such a weird sideways way of being optimistic about love. It's like atheism from Romance capital R. It struck me.

From Kurt Vonnegut's Slapstick:

I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as "common decency." I treated somebody well for a little while, or maybe even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in turn. Love need not have had anything to do with it.

Also: I cannot distinguish between the love I have for people and the love I have for dogs.

When a child, and not watching comedians on film or listening to comedians on the radio, I used to spend a lot of time rolling around on rugs with uncritically affectionate dogs we had.

And I still do a lot of that. The dogs become tired and confused and embarrassed long before I do. I could go on forever.


Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.

I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, "Please--a little less love, and a little more common decency."


Remember The Selby? It's that great site I plugged a while back consisting of photos (and drawings, and little Q&As, of late) of the homes of creative and interesting people. Pierre Hermé has been profiled recently! Hermé is a pastry chef, known mostly (at least by slavish food-blog followers like myself) for delicious macarons. I'm a macaron fan, when I can find them, as you can see here or here. If you've never had one (and you're not allergic to almonds or anything) you should try them! yes yes