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Uli Beutter Cohen
Porochista Khakpour, born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, is the author of the novels The Last Illusion and Sons and Other Flammable Objects. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, Vice, Slate, ELLE and many more. She has taught at Columbia among other institutions and is a writer in residence at Bard College. Her memoir Sick, which is about living with late-stage Lyme Disease, will be published by HarperPerennial in 2018. We met Porochista at The Wing, where she runs the book club and is the good soul of literature.read more
The world is full of problems. Thankfully, it's also full of books.
At the risk of sounding like a hermitic librarian, books are such great friends. They keep you company. They entertain. They impart wisdom. Most importantly, they don’t judge. Just as we are told to choose our friends wisely, we are smart to curate our own Book Pharmacy — an arsenal of words to reach for when times get weird. These are some titles, new and old, I currently have on hand. Much like with actual drugs, you may use them as prescribed or dabble recreationally…read more
Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other? — David Baldacci
Isabel Urbina Peña
Where do you live? I live in Greenpoint — a quiet, Polish neighborhood in Brooklyn.
What do you do? I’m a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer. I specialize in cover design, lettering, and typeface design. I run my own design studio, teach, make zines, and run Yes, Equal an online directory of women in the creative fields.
Name one book that has been meaningful to you: There are so many great ones!! I hold a collection of stories by Oscar Wilde very close to my heart. My dad gave it to me when I was a teenager and it made me appreciate darker literature.
Reading ritual As a book cover designer I have to read a lot in a short time frame, so when I pick up a book for pleasure, I like to take my time with it.
Guilty pleasure: Watching TV shows while working 😱 I can’t help it 😂😂
Person you admire: My husband, Freddy Arenas. He’s the most driven and chill person, and he never ceases to learn, investigate and stay hungry.
Something you’re proud of: Being perseverant and following all my crazy ideas to completion even when I don’t have a clear plan at first.
Currently reading: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
Words to live by: “Haz bien sin mirar a quien” — This is a very common saying in Venezuela, where I’m from. It’s simple and karmic. It translates to something like “Do good, no matter to whom”.
Special shoutout: Isabel designed the Eye Level logo.
Photography by Stephanie Geddes
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. — Charles William Eliot