It was neither a luxurious nor a profitable trade, and my friends at school would wonder how my father managed to pay my school fee. My literary-minded colleagues, however, would imagine the store as a retreat filled with days of quiet reading and fancy thoughts of opening their own bookstores.

Bookshop Memories in a Changing India - NYTimes.com

Beautiful (but sad) piece on dying independent bookstores in India. Really worth a read.

Vivid language. And such ease of description. This is an advantage of being white — one of the advantages, at least, although I know I’m merely speculating about a large group — you can judge others and yet never suspect that you are merely telling your version of the truth. Even I, with my swarthy skin and timid soul, am taken in by the pose. And I nearly fall over with gratitude when, a paragraph later, looking at another photograph of Chandra’s, Ashenden concedes that “in his turban and long, pale tunic he was not without dignity.”

On Being Brown in America - NYTimes.com

Really an important op-ed.

nybg
nybg:

How to See a Tree
Mitch Epstein’s botanical photography leans toward a bent unlike that of the average garden shutterbug. Over the last year he has set about documenting the grand, the tortuous, and the strange among the trees of New York City, traveling to each of the five boroughs in an effort to archive our many metropolitan behemoths.
Epstein’s central models range from the scarred bark of the weeping birch at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, covered in the graffiti of vandals and romantics; to the centuries-old tulip tree of Staten Island, hidden behind the younger foliage of its own offspring. It’s a study in history through the simplicity of a lens. —MN

Looove trees!

nybg:

How to See a Tree

Mitch Epstein’s botanical photography leans toward a bent unlike that of the average garden shutterbug. Over the last year he has set about documenting the grand, the tortuous, and the strange among the trees of New York City, traveling to each of the five boroughs in an effort to archive our many metropolitan behemoths.

Epstein’s central models range from the scarred bark of the weeping birch at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, covered in the graffiti of vandals and romantics; to the centuries-old tulip tree of Staten Island, hidden behind the younger foliage of its own offspring. It’s a study in history through the simplicity of a lens. —MN

Looove trees!

I mean seriously, please just stop throwing stuff in the water. I hate when people do this in India and now they’re doing it here too. Pollution has ruined so much in India, from “offerings” in rivers, to just straight up dumping garbage in the streets without care.

When I was there a couple months ago, I was so careful to keep any trash with me and deposit it in the correct container at home. Everyone was like, it’s okay that’s what we do in India, but um, that doesn’t mean it’s right!

Even the concept of having a container for trash is foreign to a lot of people, because you can throw trash anywhere.  It’s sad.

brooklynmutt
The best chance this year to repeal the irrational ban on openly gay members of the military slipped away Tuesday, thanks to the buildup of acrimony and mistrust in the United States Senate.

Editorial - Military Equality Goes Astray - NYTimes.com

I’m a huge fan of the language used in this editorial. Irrational indeed.

(via mar-see-ah)

Definitely well said.