What I’m Reading: Too Busy to Blog Edition

Life has gotten a bit crazy over the past month, which has kept me far away from the location.  So here are some fun links I’ve picked up in the meantime.  I’ll be back with more regular posts starting….now:

  • Abandoned and overgrown Peddock’s Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands, was used in World War I for troop training, in World War II as a prisoner of war camp (they used to give Italian POW’s weekend passes to the North End – Boston’s Little Italy), and as the backdrop for Scorsese’s Shutter Island.  Now it’s being restored. This interesting article gives some perspective to how preservationists can succeed through thoughtful compromise. (Boston Globe)

  • The Corcoran College of Art + Design is holding an art sale this Sunday from 10am-4pm of works by its undergraduates.  “Hand crafted items for sale including jewelry, ceramics, fine art, photography, journals, and much more.”  (Prince of Petworth)
  • An unusual and delightful wedding held at Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE.  Why? Because that’s where the bride and groom met.  (Washington Post)

  • This great piece delves into the renovation of the Argentinian Embassy at 1600 New Hampshire Avenue NW at Q Street.  I appreciate the architect’s considerations in trying to balance the preservation of “the original turn-of-the-century grace and patina” with the creation of modern and usable office spaces.  (DC Mud)
  • Meet a writer I recently discovered who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  This article, about his mother’s cooking (with lots of deep and sadly beautiful subtext), was nominated for a James Beard award and should have won.
  • And…a fun profile of NYC bartender Alex Ott, inventor of  “space drinks” (alcohol-free elixirs that could be slurped from a pouch in zero gravity”), and co-creator of Mercy, a drink that prevents hang-overs!?

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