life is better when Maggie Shipstead writes about ballet

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I heard Maureen Corrigan review this book on Fresh Air this week. While her voice and inflection on the radio drives me insane, I do often agree with her opinions on books. When I heard her gush about Maggie Shipstead's new book, Astonish Me, I knew I wanted to read it. Not only does Shipstead's new book come highly recommended by Corrigan, but it's set in the world of professionally ballet. That is enough for me right there. I love ballet movies, books, etc, etc. I'm fascinated by it.

After our book club meeting, I checked it out at the library (one of the biggest perks of living in a small town...new, literary titles are somewhat easy to snag). I sat down with it last night and couldn't. stop. reading. Will hopefully finish today. It's great.

5 Songs I'm dancing to right now...

I'm in a happy song mood lately and have been dancing around my house to these songs. Let me preface this with that two of these are extremely guilty pleasures...can you guess which ones?

"All I Want to Do" -- Sugarland

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"Payphone" -- Maroon 5

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIDeUi-3Peg&feature=player_detailpage]

"Hold On" -- Alabama Shakes

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Le-3MIBxQTw]

"What Makes You Beautiful" -- One Direction

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QJO3ROT-A4E]

"In for the Kill" (Skrillex remix) -- La Roux

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Find this playlist on Spotify here.

Dancers Among Us

These photographs are very similar to Dane Shitagi's Ballerina Project, which I shared awhile back.I love love  love this ongoing photography project from Jordan Matter in NYC called Dancers Among Us.

I could barely pick which ones I wanted to share, there are SO many excellent pieces! I can't wait until their book comes out in 2013.

There are also some pretty cool "Behind the Scenes" videos that show how some of these amazing shots are captured:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/33643675]