30 Things I Love Right Now

by ajanefountas

1. miter
2. delegate
3. nation
4. inundation
5. foyer
6. My words for the year the past five years (above)
7. What I am planning to do in the coming months (below)
8. Trace my maternal grandmother’s path through life
9. Read a lot of material to fuel my imagination of Ireland and the girls who immigrated on their own to NYC to become domestic servants
10. Do genealogical research at the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, First Floor, Room 121, New York Public Library
11. Research small presses and agents to find a home for my collection of short stories and my first novel
12. Gaze at the matchbox adorned with the original cover art for A Room of One’s Own on my desk
13. “I would like to write down what happened in my grandmother’s house the summer I was eight or nine, but I am not sure if it really did happen.”
14. “Twice a week in every week of summer except the last in July and the first in August, their mother shut the front door, the white, eight-panel door that served as backdrop for every Easter, First Holy Communion, confirmation, and graduation photo in the family album, and with the flimsy screen leaning against her shoulder turned the key in the black lock, gripped the curve of the elaborate wrought-iron handle that had been sculpted to resemble a black vine curled into a question mark, and in what seemed  a brief but accurate imitation of a desperate housebreaker, wrung the door on its hinges until, well satisfied, she turned, slipped away from the screen as if she were throwing a cloak from her shoulders, and said, ‘Let’s go.'”
15. “The mail train rushed along toward Dublin, and all the passengers swayed and nodded with the uneven rhythm of it and kept their eyes fixed firmly in front of them as though the least movement would bring them to the end of their patience.”
16. The fist sentences from the novels The Gathering by Anne Enright, At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott, and The Visitor by Maeve Brenna, respectively (above)
17. Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
18. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/schiaparelli-and-prada_impossible-conversations
19. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/waist-up-waist-down
20. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/hard-chic
21. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/the-exotic-body
22. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/naif-chic
23. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/the-classical-body
24. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/ugly-chic
25. http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/ci/the-surreal-body
26. The eight short videos from Impossible Conversations, created by Baz Luhrmann, in which Miuccia Prada, played by herself, and Elsa Schiaparelli, played by Judy Davis, sit at a table having a conversation created using paraphrased excerpts from Schiaparelli’s autobiography, Shocking Life, and Prada’s filmed remarks (above)
27. How each look in a fashion collection is like a poem or story in a collection of poems or stories
28. Looking and reading
29. Writing
30. Making something new