The awesome Pleasant Vegan, Martha Mack wrote a promo about my site! Check it out here.
There is a certain stereotype about being vegan (or vegetarian) that seems hard to shake. They are seen as pretentious, stuck up, and easily offended hippie/hipster/PETA members who actively shame meat eaters and sneers at anyone who is not as committed to their cause. It is an image that does no favors for the perfectly nice people who embrace a meatless lifestyle. Enter Martha Mack and the Pleasant Vegan. Mack, who describes herself as “neither a perfect vegan nor an animal rights activist vegan” chose the diet for health reasons and her site gives lie to the above mentioned stereotype, putting out instead a gentler, more thoughtful approach to veganism.
The Pleasant Vegan is still a relatively new site (it was started just this year), but already it contains several unique and healthy recipes created, taste tested by Mack, and complete with nutritional information. In addition to these yummy recipes and the pretty photos taken by Mack, the site also contains her well-educated (she holds a degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California at Davis) and thoroughly cited meditations on health matters ranging from the challenges of being vegan to coloring and food additives.
Though I am far too attached to dairy to ever go vegan, I can definitely see my way to eating some of the awesome recipes Mack has put together and every time I read her newest meditation in her Vegan Thoughts section, I learn something new. If you are interested in nutrition, health, or trying a vegan recipe or two, check out the Pleasant Vegan! Not even diehard meat eaters can be offended.
Sandy Kinsock has the rare ability to make basketball interesting even to those of us whose eyes get glaze the moment we see that orange ball on the TV. Kinsock is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg with a degree in Political Science and an avid life-long interest in basketball. His site Without Pause is a fledgling bare bones production that, while not especially exciting visually, allows the reader to focus on his particular brand of dry absurdist humor.
Kinsock has definite opinions about everything to with the sport and is unafraid to express them in the oddest, most unequivocal terms. “I hate Pitt’s vaunted home non-conference record. I spent three and a half overwhelmingly stupid undergraduate years hearing about how Pitt is 14,000-2 at the Peterson Events Center against non-conference opponents (it’s actually something like 121-4). That statistic seems specifically designed to make me nervous as a Pitt fan. What if this game turns out to be the dreaded Home Non-Conference Loss Number 5? I’ll probably have to move to Argentina and become a construction worker because all is lost,” he declares in his recent post “Watching A.J. Hammons vs. Pitt, 12/1/15.”
Kinsock’s irreverent descriptions of basketball and its players makes me laugh even though I can’t actually say with any conviction how the game is played. If you like uniquely funny writing and whether you have any interest in basketball or not, check out his site!
I came across Steal Like An Artist in the gift shop of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles some years back. The book is by Austin Kleon, a self-proclaimed “writer who draws.” Divided in to ten well illustrated chapters that closely resemble commandments, the book urges the reader to absorb the world around them and assign it value as you never know what could inspire you. These lessons have shaped my creative process for the last several years and I highly recommend the book to any artist or writer.
Kleon’s follow up to Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work! inspired me to start this site. In a similar ten chapter structure, it lays out how to build an audience, why your work is a continual process, and how sharing that process can help bring people to see your finished product. Again, this is a book I would recommend this to anyone creative or anyone who wants to build an audience for their work.
Austin Kleon’s books are an unusual mash up of drawings and words put together into two beautifully inspiring wholes. They are great reads and fill me up with near manic motivation every time I read them. Learn more about Austin Kleon here.
I have decided to start two new and somewhat similar categories of posts. The first is ‘People I Read’ in which I will share awesome people I come across both online and off. The second is ‘On My Shelf,’ which explores writing resources I have found.
Some posts, like the first person I highlight tomorrow, will cover both categories. I plan to put up a least one post in either category a week, so stay tuned!