What a day, what a year, what a life.
2016 was a really weird year for me, creatively. I’ve had all of these ideas swimming in my head: things to see, make and talk about. But whenever I tried to sort those ideas out and put them down on paper or in a post, I always felt too whatever — tired, unprepared, overwhelmed — to do it. I don’t think I’m the only one who has felt this sort of creative congestion this year.
But a new year can be a saline: an opportunity to reset ourselves and get back to business. 2017 is gonna be about doing the work and blooming into something beautiful — even in the face of uncertainty. Big things happen one day at a time.
I did read a lot of really great stories this year — some of which you might have already read. Here are my favorite links of 2016:
The barnacle queens of Galicia.
“Seven People Dancing,” by Langston Hughes.
Regardless of whether or not you’re into fashion, you really, really, really need to watch “Bill Cunningham New York.” It’s a documentary about the street style photographer for the New York Times. You can rent it for $3.99 on Amazon. Go watch it.
Inside the gentrification of Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market. I had no idea of the beginnings of GCM and its history, and this is an eye-opening and well-written piece.
“My President Was Black,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is essential reading.
Up close and personal with Donald Trump and his supporters.
The writer Michael Chabon took his son Abe to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week and wrote an outstanding article about it.
The most successful female Everest climber of all time is a housekeeper in Connecticut.
The life of paramedics in Laredo, Texas.
An awesome newsletter named “A Woman to Know.”
This is a masterpiece on the political power of single women.
Thank you for reading.