October 31, 2012
"Jodhpurs to me belong more to the dancing master. But once elegant now almost baggy trousers — baggy through preoccupation with more important things — is character."

— Thanks to Andrew Blau for pointing me in the direction of this wonderful note from Gene Wilder, contemplating the design of his costumes as Willy Wonka. Part of this world, Part of another was written to the film’s director Mel Stuart, and shows Wilder’s obsessive attention to detail and awareness of the impact of costume design on the audience. Love it.

August 7, 2012
"There can be, and should be, a blissful, serene enjoyment in knowing, and celebrating, that there are folks out there having the time of their life at something that you might have loved to, but are simply skipping."

— I’ve waxed lyrically about Anil Dash’s writing before, when he responded to a PopChips racist ad campaign with a blog post that was as reasoned as it was lyrical. Now here’s another piece in which he causes me to mix delight at someone’s thinking and writing with jealousy at someone’s turn of phrase. (What can I say? Sometimes I cannot rise above these things.) His piece on the Joy of Missing Out is a beautiful paean to fatherhood—and an important and timely reminder for us all to make the most of each moment.