Friday, October 30, 2009


Take a look! It's in a book!

Online. On the train. To wind down. Before going to bed. When I'm curious. When I'm bored... I read.

I read [almost] everything. I have a voracious appetite for knowledge and an endless curiosity for discovering the inner workings of things, what the world's doing, what everyone is up to, what people are thinking... I mean, of course I usually read articles pertaining to my interests [lord knows I can't get through The Economist without a loud yawn] but more often than not, I'll catch myself skimming something outside my circle of interests and learning something new. I read mostly online, but if I hear of a great book [I'm all ears for recommendations] I'm running straight to the library to dive right into it. And I haven't met a New York Times yet that I haven't read cover to cover. [My favorite day is Sunday - it's just full of so much stuff!]

Men's magazines are a special favorite of mine. [GQ and Complex are my top 2, and Rolling Stone is cool although its audience is general.] They seem to be devoid of the drab dribble that fills most women's magazines, and they generally have a much more laid back, confident tone with [usually] quite informative articles. Ever notice how men's magazines have a tone of "You're awesome bro, keep up the good work!" whereas women's magazines seem to be more like "Don't beat yourself up for eating that 8th donut, here's 8 ways to purge it!" or "Fifteen ways to snag a man before the clock starts ticking louder than the wedding bells in your dreams!" They always seem to cater to women's vast insecurities and maybe the biggest reason I can't vibe with them is because I don't fall under that veil of low self-esteem or neediness. With that being said, InStyle and O are particular faves; and I'll grab Lucky, Glamour, Allure, Reader's Digest, Marie Claire occasionally...

As far as websites I check out NYMag, Gothamist [which has the funniest commenters in the world] and Jezebel [which has the worst commenters in the world - those chicks are perpetually offended] daily. I frequent a few savvy blogs and a 98% female message board for thoughts on how others live and express themselves. I also love YouTube for clips of all sorts of crazy, funny things, or shows that I never catch since I don't watch TV [I think most New Yorkers can agree that we either watch no or very little TV. Not only is it a huge a time-suck, but I find that I can't even get into most TV shows anyway. A lot of sitcoms just do not share my same sense of humor and when it comes to mindless reality TV and the like, I just can't do it. I mean, I literally get headaches after watching bits of Tyra's talk show. That's cuz she's stupid, but that's another story for another day. Woo chile!]

I consider myself a very intelligent, cultured and balanced cookie. Like a chocolate chip cookie with all kinds of nuts and chocolates and grains thrown in. Or like an everything bagel. Mmm, I love everything bagels. Ahem. Anyway, I think my wits are a product of my propensity for reading. Reading and meeting new people and asking them questions about all the things I didn't know are what have made me a smart girl. We all know I always had common sense [that can't be taught or bought], but reading certainly helped - it's magical and learning is never-ending.

But don't take my word for it! Shed a tear for the good ol days y'all!!!

Now if you wouldn't be caught dead reading [imagine that!]... you can always do like Kanye: "I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life..."

So. You can get information from "doing stuff and living real life", but you also risk sounding as eloquent as this young gentleman here.

Basically, you can take advice from this buffoon or make picking up a dictionary your first priority of the day.

Heyyy. Look who snuck up in this picture!

Remember to be smart and that reading is fundamental.

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