"Firework" - Katy Perry
"You’re the Best" - added ironically because of this scene from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” but now I love it with something that seems a lot like sincerity
"Hummingbird Heartbeat" - Katy Perry
"Defying Gravity" - YOU TRY doing anything but running your little HEART OUT when Idina Menzel belts out "evvvveryone deserves a chance to FLY"
"Roar" - Katy Perry
45. “Stitches,” by Anne Lamott
I don’t know, this felt more like a series of Anne Lamott’s Facebook and Twitter posts stitched (GET IT) together to make a book.
46. “The End of Everything,” by Megan Abbott
I read this on my flight from Portland back to NYC, and even though the narrative kept me quickly turning the pages on my Kindle, I think I hated it? About a pair of best friends, 13-year-olds Evie and Lizzie. Evie goes missing, and apparently every dad in this suburb is at least a little bit pedophiley and, just, ick.
41. “The Engagements,” by J. Courtney Sullivan
Someone rewrite this book so it is entirely about Mary Frances Gerety, and then we’ll talk.
42. “No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products—and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics,” by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
I brought up this book on my iPhone while in the cosmetic aisle of the health food store. I couldn’t find any of the products they recommend for cleansers, so I went full-on hippie and have been using the OCM for the past two weeks. I’ll let the three of you reading that google that yourself, but - it’s kind of … working?
43. “An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having: Travel Stories from The Hairpin,” by Edith Zimmerman
I’m so sad this is over! Every two weeks since mid-August, I think, I’ve been getting another entry in this series of travel essays. I kept forgetting about it, which made it even more exciting when a new one magically appeared on my Kindle. I want morrrrrrrrrrrre.
I lived in Sacramento for seven years, which is the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, actually. I liked it while I was there, especially when I was in my early 20s and started hanging out in Midtown. I think I could happily live in Midtown Sacramento, actually. Anyway – while I lived there, something about the way other Sacramento residents talked about living in Sacramento cracked me up. Ask ANYONE why they like living there, and they’ll say, eventually, “Oh, it’s great – it’s so close to Tahoe, and San Francisco, and it’s just a few hours’ drive to Monterey Bay and Carmel …” In other words: The best thing about living in Sacramento is leaving Sacramento.
This is exactly the way I feel about my neighborhood in NYC. We’re in the east 60s, which is sort of a weird transition-y neighborhood between Midtown East and the Upper East Side. There’s not much there – I mean, there’s a grocery store, a cheap pizza place and nice(ish) Thai and Indian restaurants, and all within like two blocks of us, so we’re really all set. But the real highlight of the neighborhood, I’ve found, is its proximity to everywhere else: we’re a 10-minute walk away from the F, the 4/5/6 and the N/Q/R , and like a 15-minute walk away from an E and M. So we can easily get downtown, or to Queens or Brooklyn. And, of course, there’s Central Park, which is a 7-minute jog away (I’ve timed it), which means I go running there often. But, yes: The best thing about living in our neighborhood is, so far, leaving our neighborhood.