Link Party: 2/27-3/3

The Shins, at the Fox Theater Pomona.
The Shins, at the Fox Theater Pomona.

I had a pretty good weekend, and I’m looking out at a week of hard work, hangouts and hopefully a superbloom. Not too bad, Zo. Not too bad.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workout routine is hardcore.

2. This story about the Bahia emerald and its curse is a wild ride from start to finish.

3. The myth of California style.

4. The way Donald Trump eats and orders his steak is actually really important.

5. Google needs to rethink its whole featured answer snippet idea.

And a bonus: Missing Richard Simmons is an A+ podcast.

See you later.

Link Party: 10/29-11/20

My favorite daily reminder.
My favorite daily reminder.

There hasn’t been much Link Partying around here lately. I need to fix that, and I promise to be more consistent in the last few weeks of 2016 and into 2017.

Here’s a party to last you all week. Take your pick:

1. An interview with Frank Ocean.

2. Zadie Smith on the dancers that inspire her. (I can’t wait to read Swing Time.)

3. An American journalist spends 10 years abroad and comes back to his homeland.

4. Hillary Clinton and the glass ceiling.

5. Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam‘s collaboration.

6. The barnacle queens of Galicia.

7. Instagram geotagging is ruining nature.

8. Yet another brilliant conversation with Elena Ferrante.

9. The wave of all-women art exhibitions.

10. The preserved shipwrecks in the Black Sea.

11. President Obama on his legacy and America’s future.

12. Behind the scenes at the Butterball turkey hotline.

Have a great week.

Link Party: 8/29-9/9

Ice cream always makes everything better.
Ice cream always makes everything better.

Hi! Long time no see. It’s really only been about two weeks, but it feels like a really long time to me. In those two weeks, my work/freelance/personal lives consumed me and I got a cold that kicked my ass. I’ve kind of been on the Internet, but not in a particularly mindful way.

But those two weeks off were actually a really good thing, because I realized just how much I miss doing this as a regular thing. Back when I first started, I would write 2-3 posts a week. Now I’m lucky if I can get a Link Party out on time. I want to get back to a regular writing schedule, so that I have time to do what I actually, really love I can have consistent brain workouts. This means reshuffling of priorities, setting harder deadlines with myself and probably less sleep. I have a feeling that this will all be worth it in the long run.

You, dear reader, have been consistently awesome from the beginning. I am always shocked to hear from people, in comment form or IRL, when they say how much they like it. Thank you for being the best.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

1. This 24-year-old woman tried a Coke for the first time. I really loved this essay — I thought it was extremely well-written and weaved in all the right social elements.

2. Ayahuasca is having a moment.

3. The wonderful house dress.

4. If you haven’t read the LA Times “Framed” series, you should: it is a wild, wild ride.

5. Watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a film about technology.

6. Elizabeth Holmes and the story of Theranos.

7. The last time Luc Sante saw Jean-Michel Basquiat. This type of personal essay is one of the many reasons why I love the Internet as a writing space: a quick but powerful thought.

8. If you don’t know much about Gene Wilder or Gilda Radner, you need to read this post ASAP.

9. Why aren’t we desperate for the new iPhone?

10. The Internet is obsessed with live streams of nothing.

And two bonuses: Whoever runs Merriam-Webster’s Twitter is a savage we can all take some lessons from, and a great video from PBS Idea Channel asking if the Internet is a public space.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Link Party: 2/22-2/26

I like this sentiment a lot.
I like this sentiment a lot.

If you’re into DIYing, I just started a cool new gig as an eHow contributor! You can read my articles here.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. The origin and ramifications of Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash.

2. Unpacking the Southern Black identity in Beyoncé’s “I got hot sauce in my bag / swag.” (This is very, very good. Read this.)

3. This is a masterpiece on the political power of single women, and I’m excited to see Rebecca Traister at a Call Your Girlfriend event in a few weeks. (My favorite part: “Today’s women are, for the most part, not abstaining from or delaying marriage to prove a point about equality. They are doing it because they have internalized assumptions that just a half-century ago would have seemed radical: that it’s okay for them not to be married; that they are whole people able to live full professional, economic, social, sexual, and parental lives on their own if they don’t happen to meet a person to whom they want to legally bind themselves.”)

4. What literary discourse offers in an age of extremism.

5. On my way home one night this week, I listened to an incredible episode of This American Life about the power of the mind. One story brings up an important conversation about mental health, hospitals and guns (in collaboration with the New York Times) and the other was about another man’s denial of his Parkinson’s disease. I highly recommend it.

And a bonus: I’m so, so excited for “Loving Vincent” to come out. It’s going to be gorgeous.

Have a great weekend.

Link Party: 12/21-12/25

A detail shot of my family's Christmas tree.
A detail shot of my family’s Christmas tree.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. I first heard excerpts of Gay Talese’s “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” on This American Life in an episode for Sinatra’s 100th birthday, and the full article is stellar.

2. What the Mast Brothers chocolate scandal tells us about ourselves.

3. I’m not entirely sold on the merits of astrology, but I found this feature about six astrologers fascinating.

4. This story about herding reindeer in Russia was fascinating.

5. Inside the making of Serial, season two.

And two bonuses, as my gift to you: This architect in Bolivia is designing incredible houses that you need to see, and Drake. On. Cake.

Happy holidays.

Link Party: 11/30-12/4

Lettering lyrics from "Hamilton" is my new favorite thing to do.
Lettering lyrics from “Hamilton” is my new favorite thing to do.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. Read about the original culinary road warriors and their quest to document American cuisine.

2. Sifting through the trash of San Francisco to find art.

3. Tattoos in the fine art world.

4. I didn’t know a lot about SoulCycle besides it being a very expensive spin class, but after reading this first-person account I understand its appeal.

5. The story and influence of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

And a bonus: My best friend Paige and I have been waiting to see this short movie called “Ticky Tacky,” which stars our favorite actor, Oscar Isaac. We found out about it a few months ago, but we couldn’t find it on any corner of the Internet. It’s finally up and it’s fantastic.

Have a great weekend.

Link Party: 9/28-10/2

I saw this on the marquee of a local florist, and I think this is new because I've never seen motivational messages on the marquee before. Anyway, I love this and think it is A+++ and relevant.
I saw this on the marquee of a local florist, and I think this is new because I’ve never seen motivational messages on the marquee before. Anyway, I love this and think it is A+++ and relevant.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. Read this profile of Ina Garten ASAP.

2. This article about hair as a gender marker and what it does as a gender marker was really fascinating. (The New Republic had a lot of good stuff this week and I don’t traditionally link more than once to the same publication, but these stories about the Broad Museum and Peggy Guggenheim were also favorites.)

3. I’m dying to see “Hamilton,” and this conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda makes me want to see it even more.

4. This in-depth story on what it’s like to be a fashion blogger in 2015 is astounding. “The public, performative aspects of the job make taking a break essentially impossible.”

And two bonuses, because I love you: Billy Eichner plays “LaTina Fey” with Tina Fey on the newest season of “Billy on the Street.” Erykah Badu has released an incredible remix of “Hotline Bling.”

Have a wonderful weekend.

Link Party: 8/31-9/4

Sometimes DIYs can be really easy or a pain in the ass. Embroidery thread tassels fall somewhere in the middle.
Sometimes DIYs can be really easy or a pain in the ass. Embroidery thread tassels fall somewhere in the middle.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. This is a great interview with Lisa Frank.

2. Discussing the authenticity of Disney World via its food.

3. Here’s the story behind the “Gilmore Girls” music.

4. This guy is the Birkenstock doctor.

5. The ballpoint pen killed cursive.

And a bonus: I am living for this Archer x Hannibal mashup blog.

Have a wonderful long weekend.