Books & Tea | May, 2015
I returned to Michigan this past weekend for Mother’s Day and to catch a break from endless honking. I’m far from the first person to discover that you can’t truly appreciate a location until you move away from it, but it’s a point worth reiterating. Look, I love living in Los Angeles, but it’s nice to go home and ride a bike unperturbed by the threat of careless drivers. Maybe I’m over-romanticizing my hometown, but it really is something out of a John Hughes movie. For instance, while riding my bike through the neighborhood, I was greeted by the waves of neighbors working in their yards, the smell of lilacs, and plenty of unsuspecting Robins. Call me sentimental, but there’s a certain peacefulness that can only come from familiarity.
In addition to the flowering trees of spring, I came home to a pile of used books my parents and sister rounded up at a large book sale. They did a fine job covering the bases of my interests, which there are many. The best part about the books is that they’re old; I would choose a worn, musky edition over an overpriced reprint from Barnes & Noble any day. Now that we’re on the topic of books, here are my book and tea pairings for May. Hope you have a good one and find the time to go for many Spring walks.
Book and tea pairings for May
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
“Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well,” thought Lola as she inspected the book.
Tea: Pu-erh Blood Orange (organic) with a splash of “milk”
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The good thing about getting into Kurt Vonnegut is that he wrote so many books. For instance, I’ve read 15 of his 29 published works – I’m saving Slaughterhouse – Five for last.
El crimen perfecto by Jean Baudrillard
This lovely photo was taken by my friend Mon García. Check out her Instagram gallery!
Becoming Animal by David Abram
We’ve created a tragic distance between ourselves and nature. Thankfully, there are books like Becoming Animal to bring us back to where we belong.
Tea: Organic Orchard Berry from Two Leaves Tea (highly recommended)
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