A September issue

not a newsletter

I won’t lie, I’m a bit sad that it’s September. I mean I love the fact that, in my world, September is jam-packed with new beginnings (New school term! Fresh school supplies! Brand new students! Campus is abuzz!), but the end of summer inevitably brings me down. If I could live in endless summer, I would.

But that has nothing at all to do with the rest of this post which, as you will see, is thematically all over the map. There are donkeys, balloons, feminists, cats, and Elena Ferrante. But that’s about all life needs, isn’t it?

Let’s just get this out of the way right up front because it would be cruel to keep dwarf donkeys from you for a second longer. That’s right, dwarf donkeys! (via Two Bossy Dames)

Because I can’t write one of these posts without mentioning some productivity tool or another, today I’m talking about Bullet Journal. It’s an analogue note-taking/list-making/omni-organizing system that’s been around for a bit that I tried for the first time last year, abandoned, retried a few months ago, and am now an avowed devotee of. It is My New Favourite Thing. There are a tonne of resources about the Bullet Journalling system out there (don’t google it unless you’re looking for a rabbit hole to crawl into), but one hack that’s working particularly well for me are the “focus pages” and “waiting lists” described in this post.

Speaking of rabbit holes, I’d happily fess up to how much time I spent poring over the Dear Data archives, but I literally lost track. Such a cool project. (via Doodlers Anonymous)

That #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ story is fascinating. No updates in a few weeks and it’s killing me. (via The Jealous Curator)

Uncovered Classics reviews classic books by female authors, with covers reimagined by contemporary illustrators. All my buttons? Hit! (via Yelena Bryksenkova, who illustrated one of the titles!)

Have you read the Neapolitan novels yet? I’ve read the first and I loved it very, very much (the second is queued up on my to-read shelf). Given the crazy popularity of the series, Elena Ferrante’s anonymity is kind of endearing, isn’t it? And this letter from her to her Italian publisher makes it even more so. (via Ann Friedman)

The answer is 30 seconds if the question is how long did it take you to add the titles from this list of novels inspired by art to your to-read/artlit shelf on Goodreads? (via Emily Jeffords)

Covent Garden market got filled with these stunning, ethereal white balloons mere days after we were strolling through its halls!

Let’s go out on a high-note with Felines of New York, which may be the funniest thing I’ve seen on the Internet in forever. And if you’re already a fan of the human counterpart that inspired it, then it definitely is.