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· December 06th, 2016

TO BUY · 09/22/2016

Books We Love: “Paradise Lodge” by Nina Stibbe

When Britney Spears sang, I’m not a girl / …not yet a woman, she was describing precisely how half the human population feels from ages 13-17. Such wise words. For a more nuanced treatment of the adolescent years, we recommend Nina Stibbe’s new novel “Paradise Lodge.”

When Britney Spears sang, I’m not a girl / …not yet a woman, she was describing precisely how half the human population feels from ages 13-17. Such wise words.

For a more nuanced treatment of the adolescent years, we recommend Nina Stibbe’s new novel “Paradise Lodge“, which tells the coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old named Lizzie Vogel. Lizzie is British and comes from an intensely chaotic family. In order to obtain a sense of stability and also some pocket money, she takes a job at a local nursing home. Light mayhem ensues. Lizzie also falls in love, is pursued by truant officers for skipping school, is possibly complicit in a death, and helps arrange a wedding.

So much action! This one is a feast for the senses, the brain, AND the funny bone. Add it to your summer—wait, no—fall reading rotation.

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TO BUY · 09/20/2016

We Spy: Melon

We spy a decanter for oil, an orb of grape hue,
A new pair of glasses, a quartz (actually, two),
A container for perfume and a bottletop plug
What’s nicer than crystals? To that we say: [shrug]

We spy a decanter for oil, an orb of grape hue,
A new pair of glasses, a quartz (actually, two),
A container for perfume and a bottletop plug
What’s nicer than crystals? To that we say: [shrug]

This fall, we’re lavishing extra time on all the details that make a frame stand out. Find the frame above (Casey in Melon), along with other seasonal favorites, right here.

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TO MEET · 09/19/2016

What’s In Her Bag: Hester Prynne

It’s always fascinating to see what a celebrity carries in his or her bag. Keys? Wallet? Gum? Sunglasses? Raw almonds? This series on the Warby Parker blog brings you the inside scoop on all of your favorite stars!

It’s always fascinating to see what a celebrity carries in his or her bag. Keys? Wallet? Gum? Sunglasses? Raw almonds? This series on the Warby Parker blog brings you the inside scoop on all of your favorite stars!

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TO BUY · 09/15/2016

Books We Love: “Loner” by Teddy Wayne

Campus novels are like pizza. Even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. And when they’re great, BOY do they knock us out! Teddy Wayne’s new novel, “Loner”, tells the story of a young man making his way through modern-day Harvard armed only with his wits, his lust, his fear, his Lactaid and his will to escape freshman obscurity.

Campus novels are like pizza. Even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. And when they’re great, BOY do they knock us out! Teddy Wayne’s new novel, “Loner“, tells the story of a young man making his way through modern-day Harvard armed only with his wits, his lust, his fear, his Lactaid and his will to escape freshman obscurity.

The book follows young David Federman as he lurks and creeps his way through year one, pursuing an unworthy crush, breaking a heart, losing his virginity, bending the rules, abusing literary theory and committing an act of unspeakable atrocity. College!

Read it if you like David Lodge or Kingsley Amis or Philip Roth or—duh!—Teddy Wayne. Buy buy buy.

 

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TO BUY · 09/13/2016

Introducing Fall 2016

Our motto for Fall 2016, in two words: Details matter. This season’s frames take inspiration from the playful constructions and visual trickery of Surrealist artists.

Our motto for Fall 2016, in two words: Details matter. This season’s frames take inspiration from the playful constructions and visual trickery of Surrealist artists.

From subtle inflections in their silhouettes (an inverted keyhole bridge here, an exaggerated endpiece there) to two-toned laminated colorways and 24-karat gold accents, our new arrivals for the season deliver all kinds of unexpected details. These frames reward a closer look.

We’ve also assembled several assortments of classic frames, grouped by two-tones, rich autumnal hues, mixed-material constructions, and even more like sunglasses—of course—and a very cool set featuring a very good-looking “step” design. Each distinct pair goes great with cozier, cooler days. (They go great with scorchers too.)

 

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· 09/09/2016

A Literary Guide to Austin, TX

“Weird” gets a bad rep. That’s why we love Austin. There, it’s maintained with rigorous vigilance and is synonymous with all that’s wondrous, delightful, albeit a little odd. Expectedly, our literary list is a tad weird—but only in the best way possible.

“Weird” gets a bad rep. That’s why we love Austin. There, it’s maintained with rigorous vigilance and is synonymous with all that’s wondrous, delightful, albeit a little odd. Expectedly, our literary list is a tad weird—but only in the best way possible.

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry 

Enjoy wit, clever wordplay, and twist endings? Meet O. Henry—the pseudonym of William Sydney Porter and also an annual, illustrious short fiction prize. He lived in Austin from 1882-1895. Today, he even has a museum.

“Our Toad to Ruin” in Texas Monthly

One out of seven Texas adults reads this Austin-based magazine. (Really, it’s true.) The stats are out for critters, but the horned lizard or “horny toad”—Texas’s state reptile and many a school mascot—probably would if it could, and weren’t sadly disappearing.

James Hynes’s Next 

Told in a time span of only 8 hours, 50-year-old protagonist Kevin Quinn takes the day off from his day job in Ann Arbor for a job interview in Austin.

Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

The story of Texas ranchers takes place in San Angelo, TX. 204 miles from Austin, it’s 3.5 hours by car, lots more hours by foot, and we’re guessing somewhere in-between by horseback.

Mary Karr’s The Liars Club

Taking its name from “the motley collection of men with whom her father, an oilman, used to drink and tell tales,” Karr’s memoir dredges up her childhood in an east Texas oil town.

Karen Olsson’s Waterloo

Nick Lasseter is humdrum reporter and ex-rocker in Waterloo, the fictional capital of Texas that resembles the real-life Austin where Olsson lives and previously wrote for Texas Monthly.

Stephen Harrigan’s Gates of The Alamo

Scared of large crowds and tour groups? Perhaps don’t vist the Alamo; it attracts 2.5 million people annually. Instead, imaginatively witness the structure and events from both Mexican and Texan POVs in this historical novel.

Larry McMurtry’s Horseman, Pass By

Its title is cribbed from the final line of “Under Ben Bulben,” a poem by William Butler Yeats, and the story depicts life on a cattle ranch in post World War II Texas.

 

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TO BUY · 09/06/2016

We Spy: Burke in Glacier Grey

While pondering the perfect color for a frame that symbolized our shared love of video games, both Kill Screen and our design team came up with this retro grey.

While pondering the perfect color for a frame that symbolized our shared love of video games, both Kill Screen and our design team came up with this retro grey.

Coincidence? Sure.

Shop the limited-edition Burke frame>

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