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: 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: 9/26-9/30

Last week was a hard week. This week will be better.
Last week was a hard week. This week will be better.

Here’s what I read last week:

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

2. The entire latest issue of the California Sunday Magazine. My favorites: Kendrick Lamar’s five rules, a violin master, preserving the quietness places on Earth and the app that puts people to sleep.

3. This story on Hillary Clinton’s policy agenda is a must-read.

4. These Julia Child facts reminded me of how much I loved her after reading her autobiography. I need to appreciate Julia Child more.

5. What we see when we look at travel photography.

And a bonus: This new bakery is at the top of my Los Angeles to-do list.

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

Link Party: 8/1-8/5

Last night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. The life of paramedics in Laredo, Texas.

2. The future of American malls.

3. Harvard’s final clubs.

4. The miseducation of John Muir, America’s highly problematic fave.

5. The oral history of the lobster roll.

And a bonus: Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock + Donald Trump = Donald Maroney.

And because I couldn't decide on what photo I wanted to use, Thursday night's Last Shadow Puppets concert at the Observatory.
And because I couldn’t decide on what photo I wanted to use, here’s also Thursday night’s Last Shadow Puppets concert at the Observatory.

Have a great weekend.

Link Party: 3/14-3/25

Pike's Place.
Pike’s Place.

I spent an extra-long weekend in Seattle last week, so I didn’t have much time to read on the Internet / compile a roundup before I left on Thursday. That means that this week you get double the links, which also means double the partying. Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. Kinfolk and the hipster aesthetic.

2. The Rescued Film Project.

3. How women mapped the upheaval of 19th century America.

4. What is public?

5. I fully support this case for redesigning U.S. currency.

6. A trip to the 500-year-old Jewish ghetto in Venice, one of the world’s oldest.

7. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Nina Simone and the controversy surrounding her recently announced biopic.

8. The legacy of Kate Millett’s “Sexual Politics.”

9. I know nothing about skateboarding, but I thought this profile on Jake Phelps and Thrasher magazine was fascinating.

10. The work of Es Devlin, the world’s preeminent set designer.

And two bonuses, which happen to both be documentaries:

— 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. It’s on Netflix. Go watch it.

— I’ve always appreciated Nora Ephron’s essays and movies, so it came as no surprise to me that I enjoyed the documentary her son made about her life and career: “Everything Is Copy.” After watching this film, I’m convinced that we are kindred spirits. It’s on HBO. Go watch it.

Have a wonderful weekend.