Monthly Archives: June 2016

Link Party: 6/20-6/24

The koi (and a turtle friend) at my alma mater's Japanese garden.

The koi, catfish and a turtle friend at my alma mater’s Japanese garden.

I have an uneasy relationship with summer. I love that I shift to a more laid-back way of life, and that I can take more time to explore. I hate the heat and how it stifles both my body and creativity, making me feel incredibly unproductive. I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life, and every summer is a shock. So it goes.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. The author’s dad’s relationship with classic literature, specifically that of the Brontës.

2. The bullet journal in the world of iPhones.

3. Consider the archive of the Internet, and who decides what gets to stay.

4. The military origins of the cardigan.

5. Judith Butler.

And a bonus: “I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

Have a beautiful weekend.

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Link Party: 6/13-6/17

A new Jenny Holzer installation at the Broad Museum.

A new Jenny Holzer installation at the Broad Museum, which I visited yesterday.

I read so many great articles this week, and I couldn’t pare them down to the best six because they were all. so. great. The more the merrier. Here’s what I read:

1. Can Netflix survive in the world it created? (My take: probably not.)

2. How Silicon Valley nails Silicon Valley. (Do you watch this show?  I love it. Start watching it.)

3. This is a very emotionally difficult interview to read, but you really should read it — an interview with a woman who recently had an abortion at 32 weeks.

4. The underground economy that rules New York City’s food carts.

5. A delightful conversation about basically nothing with Paul McCartney.

6. Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and the power of the unfinished album.

7. An inside look at how Yahoo derailed Tumblr.

8. Barbara Williamson, one of the most famous radical sex experiments of the 1970s, and her life today.

9. An excerpt from a new book about Max Perkins, the editor who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

10. The best of the Dirtbags.

Have a great weekend.

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Culture Connoisseur: The Rose Bowl Flea Market

The weather was perfect for walking around a huge asphalt parking lot.

The weather was perfect for walking around a huge asphalt parking lot.

This past weekend, I decided to trek out to Pasadena to experience a true Los Angeles institution — the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

This flea market happens every second Sunday of the month in the parking lots and concourse that surround the stadium, and has been going on for almost 50 years. In total, the market has seven miles of shopping — over 2,500 vendors and 20,000 visitors come every time.

The typical view looking down a makeshift alleyway of vendors.

The typical view looking down a makeshift alleyway of vendors.

I try my best to take advantage of living just outside of Los Angeles, and this was next on the list. My girl boss inspiration Jen Gotch goes every month and documents it wonderfully on Snapchat, and getting a glimpse of the stuff she’s found there (including but not limited to short sleeve sweatshirts, pin flair and bandanas) fueled my interest. Unfortunately I’m not decorating a new apartment or house, but I went just to see what it was like and see if it really lived up to the hype. It does.

I am SO obsessed with this fabric, and I need to find a project and go back and buy it.

I am SO obsessed with this fabric, and I need to find a project and go back and buy it.

If you’re curious, there’s this whole cache on the Internet that’ll give you tips on how to have the best experience. I got there at 10 and paid $9 for admission, but if you were looking for furniture it would be worth it to show up earlier and pay more on the sliding admission scale. I brought a purse because I wasn’t planning on buying anything I couldn’t carry, but many people bring push carts for their hauls. The weekend weather was overcast and sprinkly, but bringing your own water and wearing a hat/sunscreen are good ideas. And since it’s a flea market, you’ll need to bring a wad of cash.

When I got there, I was immediately overwhelmed. There is just so much to look at, and you swim through a sea of people.  I walked through the entire market, looking at housewares, clothing and knick knacks. Half of the market is devoted to antiques and vintage merchandise, which is everything from clothing to furniture to collectibles. The other half is considered new merchandise, typical of what you might see at a county fair: plants, services you can buy, boutique items and general knick knacks. You can find just about anything at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

So. much. beautiful. hardware.

So. much. beautiful. hardware.

My favorite things at the market were gorgeous glass knobs and handles by the trayful, turquoise jewelry, colorful rugs, piles and piles of black-and-white textiles (which I’m trying to brainstorm a DIY project for) and big potted plants. If I was decorating an apartment or house, it would be a great place to go and find home accessories. Some of the furniture is pricy, but it all has more character and style than something you’d buy at a superstore.

If you’re looking for a real LA experience, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is the place to go. Everything screams the true Angeleno aesthetic, from what the vendors are selling to the people who shop there. Vintage and used items are a really significant part of the culture here, for people who aren’t celebrities or multi-millionaires. These people go every month to hang out with friends, pick up something for their wardrobe or house and get a slice of culture, and that’s a great vibe to be a part of. When I was moseying through one of the aisles, I saw Drew Barrymore — bedecked in printed pants and orange-tinted sunglasses — picking out a rug and discussing it with her crew. That’s about as LA as something could possibly get.

What a great sign, right?

What a great sign, right?

I bought one thing at the flea that I was really excited to bring home. I’ve always loved agate slices, but never found one that was reasonably priced. I bought this beautiful purple one from a crystals vendor for $9. I haven’t decided its home yet, but it’ll probably end up on my bedside table or my dresser.

Behold!

Behold!

Next time I go out to the Rose Bowl, I think I might get some new knobs for my dresser, or a Himalayan salt lamp. I’m sure that next time there will be even more treasures to find.

If I had a house with unlimited rooms...

If I had a house with unlimited rooms…

You can even buy plants at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. You can buy basically anything here.

You can even buy plants at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. You can buy basically anything here.

Last photo, I promise -- look at how cool this coral is.

Last photo, I promise — look at how cool this coral is.

Have you been to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, or want to tell me about a flea market you love? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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Link Party: 6/6-6/10

Life in an aquarium.

Life in an aquarium.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City.”

2. Hunter S. Thompson on Muhammad Ali.

3. Spot-on commentary about Buzzfeed’s coverage of the Stanford rape victim.

4. What are the odds we’re all living in a computer simulation?

5. Kolkata‘s old houses.

Have a great weekend.

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Link Party: 5/30-6/3

This is one of my very favorite pieces at LACMA -- an Alexander Calder fountain installation.

This is one of my very favorite pieces at LACMA — an Alexander Calder fountain installation.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. “Seven People Dancing,” by Langston Hughes.

2. A father takes his 14-year-old daughter to see Hamilton. It’s okay if you tear up a little bit while you read this post.

3. The fabulist who changed journalism.

4. Even though I have my reservations about the candidate herself, this is a masterfully-written profile on Hillary Clinton.

5. The language of glossy fashion magazines.

And a bonus: The skeletons in Bruegel’s The Triumph of Death. The best line: “What time is it? Trick question. It’s always Skeleton Time.”

Have a great weekend.

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