What are you up to this weekend? My friend Gemma and I are going to eat pizza and people watch in Washington Square Park tonight. Nothing like watching the world go by. Have a good one, avoid your exes, and here are a few links from around the web…

An incredible poem.

The yummiest salmon salad.

Kate Middleton’s funny reaction to Princess Charlotte.

Thank you to multiple Cup of Jo ladies for recommending this book! I’m loving it so far.

How to give constructive criticism at work.

One great complement to summer dresses, plus a discount.

The legacy of Toni Morrison (New York Times) — and this quote: “I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don’t know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them… If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say ‘people,’ that’s what I mean.”

Paris from a boat.

A little house that’s ready for a party. (New York Times)

Really into all these looks.

Kids can be such deep thinkers.

Lastly, and most important, what a week it has been in America. It’s hard to know what to say or how to help. After the shooting in El Paso, please join us in taking action and donating for gun safety, if you can. And here’s one way to help the devastated children after the Mississippi raids, and of course if you know of more things to do, we would love to hear. We’ll be sharing more over the next few weeks. Thank you so much.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Emily on what are you secretly good at: “My secret power is believing that I’m a good mom. Though we all talk so much about mom guilt, I just don’t have it (at this stage of life, at least). I work full time, but I believe that I’m setting a good example and that my daughter is in good hands. And when I’m with her, I give her my attention, to the best of my ability. And I always give her my love. I’m definitely not perfect, but I have no guilt. That’s my super power!”

Says Carolyn on running into your ex: “With my ex-boyfriend from college, it was truly a gutting heartbreak that took me YEARS to recover from. Years later, I was walking near Union Square on a Friday, and he walked directly in front of me. He was on the phone and didn’t see me, so I, being the cool, totally over-it person that I was, slowly backed away with a look of horror on my face. Then I turned around and ran. I’m now happily married with a baby girl on the way, but I would probably react just as ridiculously if I were to run into him again.”

(Photo of Anton from the Cup of Jo Instagram. Flamingo link sponsored by Flamingo, a brand we use and love.)