I love Richard Estes’ photorealistic paintings. 

I love Richard Estes’ photorealistic paintings. 

What I Watched: Room 237

What I Watched: Room 237

James Franco quit blockin the sidewalk.

James Franco quit blockin the sidewalk.

Definitely the craziest form I’ve filled out this week.

Definitely the craziest form I’ve filled out this week.

Monica with Tulips by Tom Wesselmann

Monica with Tulips by Tom Wesselmann

At the Jasper Johns Christie’s gala.

At the Jasper Johns Christie’s gala.

Can I have this house in Chelsea?

Can I have this house in Chelsea?

Speak softly.

Speak softly.

Anonymous asked: List of your favorite coffee shops to just sit and read, whether it's in the city or brooklyn.

I live in Sunset Park so I would say on average I ride the train about two hours a day which is when I do almost 100% of my reading. 

But, when I do read in coffee shops these are my favorites:

Cafe Grumpy Chelsea - Good coffee, usually unobnoxious music playing, nice back patio that’s great for reading and sipping iced coffee in the summer.

Modca - I used to come here a lot to read and write but yesterday I noticed they had gotten shut down by the health department. 

Hungry Ghost - This place has an insane no laptop policy which is annoying if you’re there to do work, but it’s great if you want to sit and read! Their chocolate chip cookies are also incredible. 

Milk and Roses - This might be more of a restaurant but I like sitting here and reading. The interior is incredibly rustic and lined with wall to wall bookshelves and there are only a handful of tables so it’s usually very quiet. 

toothforaneye asked: At what age did you learn of your appreciation for literature? Was it college that shaped u into becoming an avid reader, or was it something u always did? i've drifted alot from reading and I know it's pretty important, so every time u post a book-related post I just think to myself, "fuck," hence my terrible grammar.

This is very embarrassing but the catalyst for my undying love of reading was Good Will HuntingSpecifically the scene where Will references Frost, O’Connor, Nietzsche. I thought Matt Damon’s character was such a cool fucking working class dude; he drank rounds of beer with his friends, he worked a shitty job that was still kind of romantic and he casually referenced all these people I hadn’t read before.

After I saw that I went out and got all the books he mentioned to see what they were all about. I poured over Robert Frost, I read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States because he said it would blow your hair back, I read The Last Hurrah because he said O’Connor was one of his heroes (I thought he meant Edwin O’Connor even though I later inferred that he was talking about Flannery, who I also read). 

I was slightly disaffected in high school because all the “cool” people were jocks, rich kids and stoners whose idea of a good time was driving around in a Ford Expedition listening to Ludacris and smoking weed. I never really bought into that shit but when you’re a 16 year old puddle of insecurity in suburban Minnesota you don’t fully understand that there were alternatives. So when badass fucking Will Hunting came along quoting Shakespeare and punching preppy dudes in the face it blew my mind! It gave me the permission to think that it was cool to be well read and have opinions on art without being called gay by a rich kid in a North Face jacket. 

I weathered my fair share of snark for reading Plato in the hallway between classes and I can’t tell you how many times I had people ask me “You’re reading something that’s not for class??” But I didn’t give a shit, I had realized reading was awesome and that the cool people that were worth knowing were the ones with the books.

Who knew that 18th century literature could be so scandalous?

Who knew that 18th century literature could be so scandalous?

Muji Black 0.5, the only pen I use.

Muji Black 0.5, the only pen I use.

My favorite tweet of all time. This will be for sale in my Etsy shop shortly.

My favorite tweet of all time. This will be for sale in my Etsy shop shortly.