The Art of the Political Insult

As a wee lass I read an article in the Smithsonian Magazine (my parents subscribed, okay? It was either that, National Geographic or Consumer Reports. Any wonder as to my reading habits now?) about the art of the political insult. There was one in particular that made me laugh out loud and I've never forgotten it:
"Like rotten mackerel by moonlight, he shines and stinks."
John Randolph, American politician, on Edward Livingstone (1764-1836), American politician
I started thinking about insults, especially the truly, deeply terrifically creative -- and therefore wonderful -- ones as the countdown to the presidential election starts thundering even louder on CNN. I'm a bit worn out and wish voting was tomorrow so we could get started (fingers crossed) on a better path for this country. All of which led me to think about what would make the last week of campaigning interesting...which led me to political insults and the Smithsonian Magazine. See, there is a method to my madness.

"How can they tell?"
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) on hearing that American President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) had died

Anywho, even though you're supposed to find anything on the internets, I couldn't find the article. But I did find an awesome compendium of some deliciously dishy humdingers, some of which are as relevant today as they were when first uttered. Who knows, maybe one of the candidates will go off script and use one of these:

"… as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

"As an intellectual he bestowed upon the games of golf and bridge all the enthusiasm and perseverance that he withheld from books and ideas."
Emmet Hughes, American writer, on Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th American president

"Garfield has shown that he is not possessed of the backbone of an angleworm."
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85), 18th American president, on James A. Garfield (1831-81), 20th American president

"He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened."
Winston Churchill on Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947)

Now that would be interesting.


Hip NYC Holiday Craft Fair Now Accepting Samples and Promos

For all you crafty folk out there....

The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is a one-day shopping event showcasing three floors full of handcrafted goods. It will take place in New York City at the Knitting Factory, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday December 6, 2008.

The event is being organized by my homies at The {NewNew}, a NYC-based group of artisans. It promises to be a big deal, with a large crowd and sponsors including Etsy and the badge of all things hip & happening, L Magazine.

Anyone who RSVPs for the event online will be eligible to receive 1 of 200 complimentary, limited-edition goody bags which will be packed with Etsy Goods from across the US (including from yours truly!). The group is now accepting donations for the goody bags. This will be a great way to promote your business to thousands of NYC consumers & gain exposure around the holiday season.

Types of donations accepted include samples/smaller versions of your product (soap, earrings, prints, etc), promos (pins, buttons, magnets, etc), and coupons/gift certificates. Business cards, postcards, fliers, or other such items will not be included unless they are attached to a sample/promo/coupon. Please send samples & promos in lots of at least 10-15 items (200 max).

Contact handmadecavalcade@gmail.com with the subject line *promos* for the address of where to send and with any questions you may have. *Donations must be received by November 21, 2008.*



A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.

-- John Keats


Friday night

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - the Queen in Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Caroll


Declare Yourself

Reiter8 just posted these totally rad cards from Acorn Letterpress.

"they make a snazzy way to get out the vote before the election, or to congratulate - or commiserate with - your fellow partisans afterwards. They also make a fun gift for your favorite Democrat or Republican."

One more reason to shop handmade!



Hi. My name is Susan. And I'm addicted to magazines.

The junkier the better. Us Weekly is right now at the top of my rotation. I justify it by not watching reality tv (with the exception of Project Runway, but that really doesn't count, does it? I mean, the show requires skill....right? right?) Clearly, I have quite the problem. Unfortunately, this new website I found won't help me conquer it. But it does make me happy!

Here's what I want to know: Why didn't someone thing of this before?? Maghound.com is like Netflix for magazines. For something ridiculous, like $4.95 a month, you can choose 3 magazines to receive from a gargantuan list. You can even pick backups in case you choose a magazine that comes quarterly and want to receive something else in between. You can switch up at any time the combo of mags, change your order, etc.

I just got my first issue of Real Simple in the mail today, after making my list of three last month. It's one of those magazines where I can't justify paying the cover price but ain't into it enough to pay the annual subscription either. Now I can indulge and don't have to pay the cover or the annual.

Sigh. I'm very happy magazine addict.


Packing it in...

Well, another successfull Sunday to celebrate. Thanks to all those who stopped by, especially those who shopped! And a big shoutout to those following along at home. I ate many tacos in your honor. Cheers!
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Here comes the sun

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They brought a pizza oven to the Flea!
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Ring closeup...kinda

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A New Ring

This is so pretty. I made 2 since I love wearing mine so much. It's made of silver, freshwater pearls and tiny sapphires. Tried to get a close up but I don't think my camera phone is quite up to the task.
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Getting warmer

Got my fancy hat on and my favorite earrings. The folks selling coats across the aisle are rocking the music jams.
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Yum Yum

My boothmate Melody enjoying The Best Almond Croissant Ever.

I love Sundays.
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My first attempt at live blogging

Let's see if this works...

Just finished setting up. It's been a bit chilly but now the sun is shining on my little corner and it feels good! Had to keep the display flat as the wind is no joke. My booth mate says it makes the day more interesting. Hmm.
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A Feast Grows in Brooklyn

This Sunday, October 19th, come one, come all to the Brooklyn Flea and revel in New York in all her autumnal glory.

Persuede will be there, rain or shine, with my host for the day, Melody's Addiction, along with some of the most delicious food ever...honestly, I go to the Flea so I have an excuse to eat giant homemade huaraches, followed by fresh watermelon lemonade, Belgian waffles and maybe even an almond croissant made by a baker with a sexy french accent. Turns out butter is good for you. Who knew?

The Brooklyn Flea is at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave., open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This weekend is the third week of the Fall Furniture Festival, with 6 very cool and varied designers on the Astroturf under the white tents when you walk in. All these folks emphasize eco-conscious materials, hands-on craftsmanship, and a little bit of Brooklyn pride.

And should you have little ones with you, the Hanson Place Child Development Center is having a rummage sale fundraiser at the Flea, to benefit its music and dance program. Expect loads of little people winter gear at stoop-sale prices--and plenty of parent-child mingling. They'll also have a face-painting station (from 10am to 1pm, $2), which is always a hit.

See you in the mix!


A Ribbon in the Sky

I woke up this morning and outside my window a giant glittering ribbon was unwinding in the wind above my neighbors' rooftops. It was a flock of homing pigeons being put through their paces. Surprisingly beautiful.


Persuede @ Brooklyn Flea this Sunday, October 19

Come one, come all to The Brooklyn Flea this Sunday, October 19th and revel in New York in all her autumnal glory!

I'll be there, rain or shine, with all my new go gorgeous! jewelry, with my host for the day, Melody's Addiction.

The Brooklyn Flea is on Lafayette between Clermont and Vanderbilt in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Open 10am-5pm. There are all kinds of vendors selling everything from furniture to food. Visit the website for maps and directions.

Look forward to seeing you!


I love love love...

...this "cable" knit scarf from shutterkate. Not only is it a clever twist on the concept, it's perfect for that guy (or girl) on your list who always stumps you come gift-giving season. Ignore the dress, it's the perfect unisex gift. Great color too.

Hat tip to The {New New} for the link. Go etsy!



For the Travel Obsessed

It's no secret that I love to travel. I found this neat web tool for trip planning that I can't believe I didn't have before. And aside from all the various ways it can help with your itenerary, find atrractions and schedule tours, if you're really feeling lazy you can copy someone else's travel plans. Sweet!

What is this miraculous tool, you ask? TripCart is a GMap-based travel planner that helps you discover and meticulously organize a ridiculous amount of info, relegating your dog-eared travel books to gifts for people you never want to see again. Simply select a region/city on the U.S. map, then drill further down by browsing user-suggested attractions and local tag cloud guides (About the Region, Things to Do...); or, populate a GMap with attractions by selecting from the available features, e.g., popular hotels, shopping centers, historic sites, and, oddly, rock-climbing walls. Click the attractions for contact info & useful contextual details (hotel rates and links to reservations, nearby places of interest...), plus the option of adding the attraction to your itinerary. TripCart will then provide a date-sortable itinerary complete w/ venue contact information, a field for your personal notes, even a field specifically for confirmation numbers.

Now you have no excuse not to go.


Pull My Chad

Make yourself known. Register to vote before NY’s deadline, October 10.

Make yourself smart. Watch videos on the issues.

Make yourself clear. Find out which candidate reflects your values.

Make yourself popular. Propose a Take Our People to Vote Day at work to give employees ample time to get to the booths. (Hell, give them the whole day off if you’ve got the power.) Encourage/harass your friends with e-cards.

Make yourself useful. Volunteer at the polls.

Make yourself certain no citizen (from Virginia to Nevada) gets left behind. Spread the news.

You can’t just will him to win, you’ve got to go out and make it happen.

(Hat tip to Daily Candy)


Why the Brooklyn Flea Rocks...

After 48 hours of go go go, I'm wiped. Note to self, DO NOT throw a raucous bachelorette party the night before working all day at a market. But I digress. Here are a few pics and some links to the goings on yesterday.

Jerseygirl -- I got you some fabu fakes at The Flea. Will send them as soon as I've recovered....

First, a BIG shoutout to my girl Melo of Melody's Addiction:

She provided the opportunity to be at The Flea and is a great "booth companion" to boot -- it can be a challenge to sit 8 hours with one person, but Melody makes it easy. And her jewelry features a wonderful sense of geometry, color and drama. Check our her site and, if you're in the hood, stop by her booth every other Sunday at The Brooklyn Flea.

Speaking of...I heart The Brooklyn Flea.

The largest outdoor market in New York City, it's full of fantastic interesting vendors covering everything from furniture to bikes to crafts to clothing. And don't even get me started on the food...

So here I am, mostly awake and having a great day. It was the kind of day that I think epitomizes the best of the BK, when friends and strangers alike stop by and stay to chat. Chea!

See all my flea pics on Flickr.


Persuede Jewelry @ Brooklyn Flea This Sunday, October 5th!

Come one, come all to The Brooklyn Flea this Sunday, October 5th and enjoy the last days of warm weather and sunshine with PERSUEDE and my host for the day, Melody's Addiction.

Rain or shine, you'll find Persuede under one of the many tents with new, go gorgeous! jewelry designs plus cool vintage/thrifty clothes.

The Brooklyn Flea is on Lafayette between Clermont and Vanderbuilt in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Open 10am-5pm. There are all kinds of vendors selling everything from furniture to food. Visit the website for maps and directions.

Look forward to seeing you!

Urban Animal League

Okay, I admit this made me laugh.

Jealous Squirrel

Hat tip to my girl Tania for the Declare Yourself link. It's a movement people. Vote.


Island Breeze

A few pics from my trip to the enchanted isle of Barbados. Sigh. Can't wait for the return trip. T'was marvelous....

Can you spot the internets celebrity?

See the rainbow?