Sunday, September 14, 2008

Dear Fall, Please Come in, I Love you So.

It's humid as sin outside, but I know better. It smells like fall, the edges of the leaves and little patches of here and there are starting to be ever-so tinged with color. This week it was chilly enough to wear a jacket and tights, and the familiar feelings of autumn are making everything wonderful and excited. I don't even mind breezes so much these days!

Appropriately, I have been discovered the school libraries again. I'm not sure why, but the kinds of treasures lurking in the shelves constantly shocks and excites me. I especially like the versions of books that University Libraries seem to have since they are often not only older, but they are that nice cloth cover with pretty embossed text, minimal designs, and amusing colors. Add to that the interesting things I never thought would be out in the open in a library where other people could touch and breathe on them, the doors being a student opens to books and papers and pamphlets, and I sometimes think I might perish on the spot.

The Princess Marries the Page is one of these things, with it's glorious illustrations and funny little pictures (it's Edna St. Vincent Millay, of course, because I cannot oppose my phase-obsessions). It is kept in a strange folder-case on the shelf which Velcros shut so that it doesn't get damaged.

There was also this weird biblopgraphy thing that appears used to be in the college at Vassar library. It's got the thinnest pages ever that crinkle like mad, and it's not particularly interesting, but something about it appeals to me.

These two I just liked. The top one I can't read, but I liked it's title (I thought some friends might lolcat over the Tim Gunn reminder) and the simplicity of it. The second I liked because of the blue color, it's my favorite, and the light-gold text. It had a funny design on the cover, but I didn't get a shot of that.

And now, most importantly, a new friend! I have amassed a small collection of finger puppets, and this one is one of my favorites. I've been keeping him in my bag or pocket, and occasionally he pops out, although I haven't the nerve really to let him out during class or around fellow classmates.

He hasn't a name, but I'm quite alright with that for now. Every now and then my brain finds something sort of on the edge that it wants to name him, but for now he's just the bunny in the hat who hangs out with me while I'm all by me onesies on campus drinking tea and eating bagels!


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  2. oo love those illustrations, and hello bunny! can't wait until you name him/her?

  3. Lovely bunny and a beautiful book, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  5. I have a collection of finger puppets too! I thought I was the only one. :)

  6. Strum und Drang is the literary movement that Goethe started!

    I just thought you should know haha.

    This is Jessi, btw.

  7. This is a funny coincidence, or maybe it's just fall, but I just rediscovered my school library as well! To my delight they have a lot of vintage books, especially ones written by women writers who are mostly out of print. Also a plus, I can check books out for much longer at school than at the local library (almost 3 months versus 3 weeks). I love the soft gray and the bright blue of the two books together in your picture.

    Have a great week!
    - Angelique

  8. Such a sweet little Houdini!

    That is one of the things I miss about being a student - having a college library to peruse. Today my sister brought home some antique Dickens from the English dept. at my alma mater - gorgeous! You can't judge a book by its cover, but it's nice when the two correspond.

  9. Your finger puppet is adorable. You see so quaint! And I mean that as a compliment. I love libraries--I like to free read among the stacks whilst everyone else is studying, I am merely enjoying...

  10. hiiiii! I love your blog! your pics are great. This is mine if you want to take a look

  11. At least fall will come for is summer all year round in Singapore!!! :( Sigh..

    The rabbit is so adorable!

  12. OH your reading bunny is soooo cute!!! let as know his/her name as soon as you pick one!

    ps:Love your style! got you in my links ;)

  13. This blog is so cute and positive :) It's really nice to see that someone still appreciates small things such as finger puppets and books :D
    You make my fall a little brighter [it's really cold and rainy here :(]

  14. What an adorable little friend. He is so lovely, as are you.

  15. I also love university library books! They look almost like antiques some of them and I always wonder who else has read them and what they thought about them. The only bad thing about them all being hardback is that they weigh my bag down lots!