We were in Palo Alto on Saturday for lunch and of course had to drop by an indie bookstore as there aren’t any in my city (when I first moved to my city, there were several bookstores including a large Borders and Barnes and Noble and a Half Price Books. We know what happened to Borders, and the B&N is now a supermarket. We do have one Half Price Books in a bigger location now and that’s it! Sad…). So when we are in Palo Alto or other cities on the Peninsula, we try to hit the indies. This time it was the lovely Bell’s Books which has been around since 1935! (here’s an article about the bookstore on its 75th anniversary).
Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
I have been so absorbed in this book, despite all the science-y space stuff that has gone over my head.
Essentially, the moon has exploded – the ‘why’ is not important here but what will happen when the pieces of the moon collide, when all these fragments enter the earth’s atmosphere and somehow cause the earth to burn up. So the plan is to send people and resources up into space.
Next up is Oreo by Fran Ross
Bridge of Spies
Not usually the kind of movie I would gravitate to, but it was surprisingly pretty good.
It’s made of stems instead of tea leaves which have been roasted so it has a rather strong roasted aroma but apparently because of the roasting process it has less caffeine than green tea.
Honey-soy chicken wings with some stir-fried vegetables and rice
Noodles of some sort
Looking forward to:
I’m not an X-Files fan, but this article from the Atlantic about Scully’s wardrobe is too good not to share
Ayunda at Tea and Paperbacks’ introduction to Indonesian writers
Easy Japanese Strawberry Shortcake – from Bake for Happy Kids
What do chefs pack their kids for lunch? – Bon Appetit
Conjugal love – Alberto Moravia
Dial H: Vol 1, Into You – China Miéville, Mateus Santolouco (Artist), Riccardo Burchielli (Artist), David Lapham (Artist)
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower – Rumer Godden
Birds of prey. End run – Gail Simone, write ; Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, Alvin Lee, pencillers ; Ed Benes, [et al.], inkers ; Nei Ruffino, colorist ; Steve Wands, letterer