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· September 21st, 2017

TO READ · 08/30/2017

Summer Reading: “Arbitrary Stupid Goal” by Tamara Shopsin

Shopsin’s is technically a restaurant in New York City, but it’s also a state of mind, a lifestyle, and a philosophy for existence.

Shopsin’s is technically a restaurant in New York City, but it’s also a state of mind, a lifestyle, and a philosophy for existence.

The restaurant started as a Greenwich Village greasy spoon run by proprietor Kenny Shopsin, his wife, and their children. The menu featured items that only a very hungry maniac could dream up, like Cheeseburger Soup and Mac ‘n Cheese French Toast Sandwich and “Aztec” pancakes (served with avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, key lime, and ricotta cheese). The restaurant was (and is!) famous for its strict rules: no copying the order next to you, no asking for “the best thing on the menu,” no allergies, no parties larger than four, and no jerks. If you violated one of these rules, you were kicked out.

One of Kenny Shopsin’s children is Tamara Shopsin, who has written a memoir of her youth in the restaurant called Arbitrary Stupid Goal. It’s a record of lost New York, mingling history with geography with recollection with dirty anecdotes. It’s delicious and mystically sui-generis, like the restaurant at the heart of it. Read it and plan a pilgrimage.

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TO SEE · 08/29/2017

Pittsburgh, We’re Here!

Who’s got two thumbs and a new store in Pittsburgh? We do! Actually, collectively, we have way more than two thumbs, but point being: new store in Pittsburgh! (We’re very excited about it.)

Who’s got two thumbs and a new store in Pittsburgh? We do! Actually, collectively, we have way more than two thumbs, but point being: new store in Pittsburgh! (We’re very excited about it.)

This one’s got original artwork by U.K.-based artist Anna Wray, both on the façade and inside behind the Reference Desk, and it’s in a neighborhood full of history and good food.

If you’re in town, come by! We’d love to say hi.

Warby Parker East Liberty
6016 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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TO READ · 08/24/2017

Summer Reading: “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life” by Samantha Irby

Problem: The heat. Like, it’s satanically warm, too hot to do anything but stay inside. Solution: So stay inside already. Draw the curtains, grab some garbage snacks, and hunker down by the AC to wheeze-laugh along to Samantha Irby’s “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.”

Problem: The heat. Like, it’s satanically warm, too hot to do anything but stay inside.

Solution: So stay inside already. Draw the curtains, grab some garbage snacks, and hunker down by the AC to wheeze-laugh along to Samantha Irby’s “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.”

The writer (prithee, hustle on over to her blog, stat) covers a menagerie of what would be, in more self-indulgent hands, some real bummer topics: anxiety attacks, an unreliable digestive system, and her orphanhood. But the chuckles and rib-clutchings are aplenty, and you’ll be so pleased with your decision to seclude yourself indoors.

TO SEE · 08/23/2017

Did You See?!

After a 99-year wait, the Great American Solar Eclipse arrived on Monday—and it was quite the sight.

After a 99-year wait, the Great American Solar Eclipse arrived on Monday—and it was quite the sight.

Actually, if you were at the viewing party that we threw at our Nashville store (right in the path of totality), it was pretty sensational for the eyes, ears, and taste buds: We had lunch fired up on site by local BBQ masters, Martin’s, and live music before, during, and after totality. Futurebirds took the stage leading up to the big moment, and when totality finally came, the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble played a piece that they’d custom-composed for the occasion. It’s still stuck in our heads.

Scroll on for a look at the festivities:

Now for some astrophotography, from three astrophotographers stationed at different points along the path of totality. (Prepare for your breath to be taken!)

Photos, from left to right, by Stan Moniz (stationed in Oregon), Cary Meltzer (stationed in Sparta, Tennessee), and Jason Weingart (stationed in Vonore, Tennessee)

Another total eclipse isn’t crossing the country from coast to coast until 20145. We’ll be (not-so-patiently) waiting.

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TO SEE · 08/21/2017

Let’s View This Thing

Today’s the big day: The Great American Solar Eclipse “lands” in Oregon at 10:16 a.m. local time and will makes its way across the country over the course of 1 hour and 32 minutes. We’ll be celebrating a bunch of ways…

Today’s the big day: The Great American Solar Eclipse “lands” in Oregon at 10:16 a.m. local time and will makes its way across the country over the course of 1 hour and 32 minutes.

We’ll be celebrating a bunch of ways:

1. A viewing party at our Nashville store (it’s right in the eclipse’s path of totality, if you happen to be around…)

2. A good old-fashioned countdown clock on our site

3. Astrophotography. It’s a thing! We’ll be sharing professional photographs of the eclipse on Instagram and Facebook, since phone cameras aren’t so great at capturing celestial spectacles like these. Save and re-share as you please.

Finally, just a friendly reminder that you should never look directly at the sun—even with sunglasses, and even during an eclipse (unless you have specially designed viewing glasses).

Stay safe and have fun, solar eclipse seers!

TO READ · 08/15/2017

To Read: Home Is…

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like Rome. That doesn’t sound right… For those of us from more humble digs, here are some reminders of where we all came from—and some bookish escape routes, too.

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like Rome. That doesn’t sound right… For those of us from more humble digs, here are some reminders of where we all came from—and some bookish escape routes, too.

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TO READ · 08/10/2017

To Read: Where Do You Look for Guidance?

We see but through a pair of glasses, darkly. Wipe the smudges off and get to poring over these guides to new ways of viewing the future—on a clear-enough day, you can see forever.

We see but through a pair of glasses, darkly. Wipe the smudges off and get to poring over these guides to new ways of viewing the future—on a clear-enough day, you can see forever.

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