A Few Good Reads {April 2015}

Welcome to May and the promise of warmer weather! I’ll be spending the next two days indulging in blossoms, sun and good company to recalibrate after a difficult week. Here’s some weekend reading for the quiet moments.

Palm trees

Photo: via FleurDeMode

– When you live in a city, you generally accept that you’re sacrificing ready access to nature in its truest form. Thankfully, in Manhattan, there are parks every few blocks to make things a little less depressing. But the truth is: trees and all their benefits (cleaner air, serenity, etc) are a luxury, that like income, is unequally distributed. See for yourself.

– Is there such a thing as too much reading? As an avid reader — of books, articles and words in all their forms — I sometimes get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of material there is to consume. I had to make space for this article, though, that examines how we process and retain information when we are reading thousands and thousands of words a day.

– I couldn’t help but share and discuss poet Saeed Jones’ powerful essay on being a writer of color with all my close creative friends. It’s worth a read for everyone, regardless of what you look like.

– Remember my recent post about how life on Instagram isn’t always what it appears to be? Here’s a perfect and entertaining example shared by blogger Emily Henderson.

– “How an award-winning doctor turned away from science and embraced fame:” the intriguing story behind Dr. Oz’s popularity.

– Did you watch the movie Interstellar? Check out these very real photos from the 1930s Dust Bowl, which provided fodder for the film. (via Messy Nessy Chic)

– The case for traveling slowly. I usually spend no more than a week in any destination when I travel, but I’m hoping in the very near future to take an extended trip and get to know a new city a little better.

And ICYMI, earlier this month I posted about a travel dilemma. Follow up coming soon!



  1. November 4, 2015 / 7:28 am

    With the NYC marathon just past, was thinking how you are doing Jhaneel, so stopped by your blog. Looking at this picture, are there palm trees in New York. Wasn’t quite sure. Hoping your summer has gone well. All the best for the months ahead! 🙂

    • November 27, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Hi Carl, Thanks so much for stopping by. It means so much! I’m well – have just been buried with life and work, but thought it was well past time I write something here. No palm trees in NYC, as far as I know. This was just a reminder of faraway places.

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