Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fashion: Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2011

The collection is super gorgeous, and it reminds me of Russian Literature. Romantic and perfectly fall.

Ulyana Sergeenko

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Travel: Shakespeare and Co

Shakespeare and Company is an amazing bookstore in Paris.

I found the above video, via Bookshelf Porn, here.

While in Paris I bought a couple beautiful editions of books there.
I just love being in that bookstore, it feels like home.

Antiquarian books at Shakespeare & Co., a Paris literary institution.

Antiquarian books at Shakespeare & Co., a Paris literary institution.

Everything here encourages creativity. A tiny enclosed bureau, lined with rugs and a blue painted chair, bears the sign: “Feel free to use the typewriter for your lovely writing/creative ventures.” Notes from customers are scrawled in all languages. “A friend told me if I ever felt lonely to come to Shakespeare & Company,” one says. Visitors are so effusive that a few years ago George installed what he calls a “mirror of love”, where hundreds more scribblings are pinned, from the surreal to the touching: “Dear Granny, I would like you to come to Paris with me”, reads one. “Books insulate this nest of wandering dreams”, reads another, “there should always be a place where stories reign over commercial enterprise.”

Shakespeare and Company, a Creative Sanctuary

Shakespeare & Co.

Walking into Shakespeare & Co.

Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, it was originally named “Le Mistral” but renamed to “Shakespeare and Company” in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach’s bookstore [the original Shakespeare and Co.].[3] Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. The shop was featured in the Richard Linklater filmBefore Sunset and in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris.[4]

Its premises, the site of a 16th-century monastery,[10] are at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, near Place Saint-Michel, just steps from the SeineNotre Dame and the Île de la Cité.[10]

On the third floor of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

On the third floor of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

If you’re ever in Paris and get the chance, swing by this Parisian institution. Shakespeare and Co. is home to beautiful books that cover it from floor to ceiling. A true gift to the ex-pat community in Paris.

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Books: Bookshelf Porn

I’m still obsessed with Bookshelf Porn.
Probably because I’ve always been obsessed with books and bookshelves.
Also, don’t worry, it’s not actually porn.

I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite blog of all time.

Bookshelf Porn: Literature versus Traffic by Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus.

Bookshelf Porn: Literature versus Traffic by Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus.

Bookshelf Porn: Bookshop Selexyz Dominicanen

Bookshelf Porn: Bookshop Selexyz Dominicanen

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Music: Camille

Camille, is a French singer songwriter whom I love.

I bought her first 3 albums on Amazon:

Le Sac Des Filles
Le Fil
Music Hole

I heard about her from a friend of mine in my French program when I was abroad for a year in Paris.
And I think Camille is great, so check her out!

Camille – Paris

Camille – Vertige

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Misc.: Tumblr

I created a Tumblr!

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Politics: I voted!

I did my civic duty, I voted, did you?

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Misc.: Hiatus until November 7


I am super busy at work, and therefore haven’t been posting. I feel especially guilty because I have all these shiny new followers! (SO MANY! and HI!)

So I just wanted to publish a post explaining that I will be on hiatus until November 7. Then this project at work will be over, and I will have voted, so all the election stuff will be over. My pledge to post more often will resume after I deal with life stuff.

I haven’t forgotten about you all!


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Psychology: Imposter Syndrome

It’s a thing apparently, with a name. File this under a new thing I learned today, that finally puts a name to something I’ve observed.

“The impostor syndrome, in which competent people find it impossible to believe in their own competence, can be viewed as complementary to the Dunning–Kruger effect, in which incompetent people find it impossible to believe in their own incompetence.”

Imposter Syndrome:

“The impostor syndrome, sometimes called impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome, is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.”

Dunning–Kruger effect:

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.[1]

Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. Kruger and Dunning conclude, “the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others”.[2]

I saw a lot of Imposter Syndrome at Wellesley, the women’s college I attended, as well as at many Ivy Leagues.



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