Link Party: 1/30-2/3

Another art journal closeup.
Another art journal closeup.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. This article on how Taylor Swift made her career on being a victim has the Receipts. (This blog is vehemently anti-Taylor Swift. Don’t @ me.)

2. Rahawa Haile on being a black female thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

3. The heart-breaking stories of Filipinos who work on cruise ships and the horrible conditions they suffer through to provide for their families. I had no idea.

4. We need to hold Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook accountable for its political involvement and non-involvement, now more than ever.

5. The story of a new homeowner and her despair sparked by paint colors.

And a bonus: My good friend Klarize took me to this wonderful wine bar in downtown Los Angeles that I’m still thinking about and know that I will return to over and over again. Find your wonderful wine bar that you’re still thinking about and know that you will return to over and over again.

Have a great week.

Link Party: 1/23-1/27

Paper monsteras.
Paper monsteras.

This was a really, really, really tough week on many levels. I hope that you’re taking care of yourself and working towards finding your own sense of balance. Do not feel guilty about taking breaks to do the things you enjoy. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

Here’s what I read this week:

1. The extraordinary stories of the White House mailroom staff, Obama’s 10 letters a day and the people who wrote them.

2. This is what it’s like to come to the United States as a refugee.

— Before you get to the rest of the links, it’s imperative you read the first two. They are required reading. —

3. What Roxane Gay is reading.

4. The story of David Bowie’s secret final project.

5. “Self-care” is not the same as “treating yourself.”

And a bonus: How to begin again.

Have a great week. I believe in you.

Link Party: 1/16-1/20

Participating in the Los Angeles Women’s March on Washington with 750,000 people and millions more around the world was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I am proud that I exercised my civic duty in support of protecting basic human rights for all. Today is the first day of the next four years, and it’s time to get to work.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. Buying feminist merchandise is not political action.

2. President Obama‘s memorable parting words.

3. Malia and Sasha Obama‘s post-White House lives.

4. We need to protect the street vendors of Los Angeles.

5. Inside the weird, industry-shaking world of Donald Glover.

And a bonus: The poem “Interview,” by Dorothy Parker:

The ladies men admire, I’ve heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They’d rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints …
So far, I’ve had no complaints.
Have a great week.

Link Party: 1/9-1/13

"The Man Who Fell to Earth," at photo l.a.
“The Man Who Fell to Earth,” at photo l.a.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. This article about abortion and the future of women’s health in America is extremely important reading.

2. Solange, interviewed by Beyoncé.

3. Diet Coke is not killing you.

4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Trump administration.

5. Ryan Gosling is a man after his time.

And a bonus: Terry Gross on the Longform podcast.

Take care of yourself.

Link Party: 1/2-1/6

The truest of the true facts.
The truest of the true facts.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. The fiction of Google Maps.

2. The size and weirdness of the Kardashian empire.

3. The restaurant industry bubble that’s about to burst.

4. Ada Harris, mother of the hair straightener.

5. Looking for answers in India after a seeker disappears and his guide commits suicide.

And a bonus: Bon Iver, live in concert.

Have a wonderful week.

Link Party: My Favorite Links of 2016

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.

(from 10/29-11/20)

“Seven People Dancing,” by Langston Hughes.

(from 5/30-6/3)

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.

(from 3/14-3/25)

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.

(from 9/12-9/16)

“My President Was Black,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is essential reading.

(from 12/12-12/16)

Up close and personal with Donald Trump and his supporters.

(from 7/4-7/8)

The writer Michael Chabon took his son Abe to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week and wrote an outstanding article about it.

(from 9/26-9/30)

The most successful female Everest climber of all time is a housekeeper in Connecticut.

(from 5/9-5/13)

The life of paramedics in Laredo, Texas.

(from 8/1-8/5)

An awesome newsletter named “A Woman to Know.”

(from 4/11-4/15)

This is a masterpiece on the political power of single women.

(from 2/22-2/26)

Thank you for reading.

Link Party: 12/12-12/16

California in bloom, by Rifle Paper Co.
California in bloom, by Rifle Paper Co.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. “My President Was Black,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is essential reading.

2. I love Instagram poet Cleo Wade‘s posts.

3. The meme of the year was emails.

4. The history behind octopi wearing top hats.

5. The greatness of Teen Vogue.

Have a great week.

Link Party: 12/5-12/9

It's Christmastime.
It’s Christmastime.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. These stories about Prince are incredible.

2. Rei Kawakubo and the impossible task of her Met retrospective.

3. Dinner with the guy who revolutionized the science of cooking.

4. If you live in California, you should know the names of these political leaders.

5. 2016 is the year of playing ourselves.

And two bonuses: Patti Smith singing “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize ceremony, and I backed the Internet Review of 2016 on Kickstarter and you should too.

Have a fantastic week. I’m rooting for you.

Link Party: 11/28-12/2

If you're in LA or near it, go see the Picasso and Rivera show at LACMA.
If you’re in LA or near it, go see the Picasso and Rivera show at LACMA. It’s beautiful. 

What I’ve read lately:

1. The film J.D. Salinger nearly made of “For Esme, With Love and Squalor.”

2. New York’s dying diner culture.

3. Confessions of an Instagram influencer.

4. FiveThirtyEight asked 8,500 people why they leave comments on the Internet.

5. Donald Crowhurst’s heartbreaking 1969 circumnavigation hoax.

And a bonus: Wes Anderson‘s Christmas ad for H&M.

Have a terrific week.

Link Party: 11/21-11/25

I got new bookshelves and I am living.
I got new bookshelves and I am living.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. The hygge conspiracy and the year’s most overhyped trend.

2. Authenticity in the age of the fake.

3. Reflections on Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, 50 years later.

4. What was “random“?

5. The Moon Juice gospel of self.

And a bonus: Homecoming, the podcast.