Link Party: 10/12-10/16

Just 10 Freeway traffic things.
Just 10 Freeway traffic things.

Sorry for the late post this week. In addition to embarking on a reread of William Faulkner’s “Absalom, Absalom!” (more on that later) here’s what I read:

1. Let’s talk about eliminating tipping at restaurants.

2. This guy is the most prolific editor on Wikipedia, and has made more than 1.5 million edits across the website.

3. An excerpt from Carrie Brownstein’s upcoming memoir, which I’m excited to read.

4. Twitter is on its last legs, mostly because the overall community is rampant with abuse.

5. I also believe that email hinders efficiency and productivity.

And a bonus: 14 minutes of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” deleted animation scenes. You’re welcome.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Gold Star for the Internet: Podcasts I’m Currently Listening To

On Monday, I started a new contract gig for a media company that’s based in Santa Monica. Because of traffic, it takes me about 2 1/2 hours to get there and about the same time to get home. I have a solid iTunes library, and I put my iPhone on shuffle in the morning to help me zen out on the freeway / get pumped for work. But because I don’t have a lot of time to read during the day, I feel insanely out of the loop news and culture-wise by 5 p.m. To help combat that feeling, I’ve gotten really into podcasts. I listened to a few before, but now I’m obsessed. Here are the ones I’m currently loving:


Another Round. 

I originally found out about Another Round via Ezra Koenig’s Internet radio show on Beats 1, which I’ve been meaning to blog about (but that’s another post for another day). Heben Negatu and Tracy Clayton interview some really incredible people, like a journalist who writes about school segregation and an artist who has spearheaded a street art campaign about harassment.  They also do some awesome games, like asking the editor of NPR’s Code Switch to connect random concepts to the problem of housing segregation in six degrees or less. What I like about this podcast is that I feel like I’m learning tons. It’s expanding the discourses of race and gender for me, even though I’m crawling on the 405 Freeway. This podcast is a Buzzfeed production, but it is really too good for Buzzfeed.

Call Your Girlfriend.

Now that my best friend Paige is living in Washington, I completely understand the ethos of Call Your Girlfriend. This podcast, touted as “a podcast for long-distance besties,” features one of my favorite writers, Ann Friedman, and Aminatou Sow. They talk as if they’re on the phone with each other just chatting about what’s happening in pop culture, and the audience just happens to be there. I like hearing about what other smart women close to my age group find interesting about culture and how they’re talking about it. Pro tip: They’re going on hiatus for awhile for tech upgrades, but past episodes are still good to listen to.



The best way to describe Limetown, I feel, is to say that it’s Serial meets The X-Files. Limetown is an entirely fictional story about a remote town in Tennessee, which was built for and centered around a research facility. One day in 2003, hundreds of people just go missing. A young journalist decides to find out what happened, and gets sucked further and further into the mystery. There are also some flavors of government conspiracy and the supernatural. I will warn you that the first episode is awesome and gives you a lot of important background information, but really sets up the second episode as a doozy. It’s so incredibly well-written and produced that I was frustrated I couldn’t binge-listen. (I don’t know if that’s a word but I’m making it one now.)


The Modern Art Notes Podcast.

I found this podcast because I follow Tyler Green on Twitter. Every week the show starts with a digest of interesting modern art exhibits happening around the country, and I like hearing about what’s going on beyond my little Los Angeles museum world. I also like how he interviews people from all aspects of the art world, because people like the conservators and art historians are just as important as the curators or artists themselves. On Monday I listened to one from last week where Green interviewed a curator for a Mark Rothko exhibit in Houston, and I learned so much about Rothko’s career and how he viewed his own art.


Oh Boy by Man Repeller.

I love, love, love Man Repeller. I love Leandra Medine, who I see as a role model in the murky world of new media. I love Man Repeller’s editorial voice. I love the content they put out on all of their channels. So I was overjoyed that they started up a podcast where their friend Jay Buim interviews women about their professional success. I find the concept to be refreshing and inspirational, and I like hearing from women who have been in my spot and are successful now. So far, my favorite episodes have been with Leandra herself, Stacy London, and yesterday’s Payal Kadakia. Pro tip: Skip the second episode, because that’s the only one so far that has been Not Good. You’ll thank me.


Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Occasionally I used to listen to this in the car with my mom, and I’ve started listening to it again. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly quiz show. It has a few different segments with different call-in participants, which all test the participants’ knowledge of current events. It’s performed and recorded live in Chicago, and the energy of the studio atmosphere translates really well to audio. I giggle throughout the show along with the audience, which in a way makes me feel looped into what’s going on in the news. In addition to being funny, it’s wickedly smart. I think that’s what I love about all of these podcasts in general. It has become one of my new favorite ways to stay connected to culture. And for that, I’m giving all these podcasts the biggest gold star.

Do you love podcasts? Give me your recommendations in the comments.

Link Party: 8/24-8/28

The weather has been super hot in SoCal, but the pretty clouds in the evening make up for it.
The weather has been super hot in SoCal, but the pretty clouds in the evening make up for it.

Oh man, what a week. That’s all I can say. Here’s what I read:

1. This writer played a word game based on Moby Dick when he had insomnia. His observations are fascinating.

2. A highly scientific, real-life exploration into how anyone could possibly like the rapper J. Cole. (Disclosure: I liked his latest album when it came out, but have become more ambivalent with time. He’s fine, I guess.)

3. Here’s a great profile on Marc Jacobs.

4. Why does the Internet love Amal Clooney?

5. How to tell if you’re in a chivalric romance by Chrétien de Troyes. (This is probably only funny if you’ve read Chrétien de Troyes, but I promise that it is very funny and you should probably read some Chrétien de Troyes.)

And a bonus: If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I am in a first-class seat on the Oscar Isaac train. Watch this and melt.

Have a great weekend.

Link Party: 6/22-6/26

I did a quick series of sketchbook papers on words I use frequently. This was my favorite one.
I did a quick series of sketchbook papers on words I use frequently. This was my favorite one.

I used my laptop a grand total of two times this week, and I gotta say, a digital detox beyond my phone felt really great. Granted, I still read articles and surfed Facebook / Twitter on my phone. But baby steps, right? Back to your regularly scheduled programming next week. And now to the party:

1. If you’re curious, this is what being a zookeeper is like.

2. Elaine Benes was truly the best part of Seinfeld.

3. I wholeheartedly appreciate Rashida Jones’s advice on happiness at work.

4. Man Repeller nails (as always) an analysis of what the Gmail undo send button really means.

A twofer 5. Claudia Rankine on the condition of African American life being one of mourning and Roxane Gay on why she can’t forgive Dylann Roof.

And a bonus: Everyone was talking about it earlier this week, but Marc Maron’s podcast with Barack Obama is definitely worth listening to.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Link Party: 6/1-6/5

Black-and-white June in Los Angeles.
Black-and-white June in Los Angeles.

Man oh man, this was an emotional week — and next week will be even worse. But here’s what I read:

1. The calligraphy stars on Instagram are some of my favorite accounts to follow.

2. Colson Whitehead brings up an incredible hyper-contemporary facet to “pics or it didn’t happen.”

3. This is a fascinating interview with Stephen Wolfram, the guy behind Wolfram Alpha.

4. Great career advice from Mickey Drexler.

5. Wisdom from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to forget about being “likable.”

And a bonus: This brilliant comic about how all the paintings agree you are better off without him.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Link Party: 5/18-5/22

Downtown L.A., y'all.
Downtown L.A., y’all.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. My favorite Mad Men series finale review.

2. Instagram is turning us all into sociopaths.

3. An inside look at Thought Catalog, which is a lot more terrible than I originally had thought or anticipated.

4. I gotta say, this article about online journalism is #duh.

5. I fully agree that there should be trigger warning on some things, but when you start slapping them all over classic literature you run into Problems.

And a bonus: Why Americans love road trips, courtesy of the wonderful PBS Idea Channel.

Have a great weekend!

Link Party: 4/6-4/10

Man, I am really going to miss this place.
Man, I am really going to miss this place.

I was actually really productive this week — must be the Week 2 recharge. Anyway, here’s what I read:

1. A four-in-one about how the restaurant business is reinventing food waste. My personal favorite is the photo essay about the aprons.

2. I also would like to attend the Audubon Society’s school for sick burns.

3. In light of two classes I’m taking on the subject (more about those classes later), a very good piece about the classroom and the discussion about racial violence.

4. Monograms are everything.

5. On why Columbia’s report on the Rolling Stone University of Virginia rape case article is actually not that great.

And a bonus: This list of English monarchs’ signatures ranked is A++.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Link Party: 3/16-3/20

So I help run the university's Instagram account (go follow @calpolypomona) and I went hunting for a photo on Wednesday. There's this patio that has a very nice succulent garden growing.
So I help run the university’s Instagram account (go follow @calpolypomona) and I went hunting for a photo on Wednesday. There’s this patio that has a very nice succulent garden growing, and y’all know how much I love plants.

For it being finals week, I’ve had an incredibly productive week — I could get used to that. Here’s what I read this week:

1. A really interesting look at the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pioneer Girl.

2. A good argument for bringing texting back.

3. A story about two data designers who sent each other postcards documenting their daily lives. (You guys, I cannot stress how cool this really is.)

4. What do you think art tastes like? These people apparently know.

5. The Mad Men exhibit is calling my name.

And a bonus: A rare look at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks.

Have a great weekend!

Link Party: 1/5-1/9

Back to school this week.


Here’s what I read this week:

1. Ezra Koenig is definitely going to own 2015.

2. A very interesting longform piece about the guys who founded Rap Genius.

3. People are referring to sandwiches as “homemade Subway,” which makes me really sad.

4. T.S. Eliot invented the hipster.

and 5. An interesting perspective on #JeSuisCharlie.

Have a great weekend!

Link Party: 12/8-12/12

It's supposed to be December in California, right? (Side note: I'm  writing this blog post while it's pouring buckets, so yes, it is definitely December in California. Way to answer my own question.)
It’s supposed to be December in California, right? (Side note: I’m writing this blog post while it’s pouring buckets, so yes, it is definitely December in California. Way to answer my own question.)

Remember last week when I said I’d be back to regularly scheduled programming? I unintentionally lied. Now that finals are over (and most of my academic commitments will be relieved by Sunday), things will be relatively back to normal on Monday. I mostly promise.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. The front page of New York’s first daily newspaper. Someone needs to reinvigorate the name American Minerva because that is a cool name waiting to be reinvigorated.

2. How Elettra Wiedemann and James Marshall met. I only knew who Elettra was when I read this, but the story is incredible and straight out of a movie.

3. Emily Dickinson was more scandalous than I realized. Also, I’m obsessed with her haircut.

4. Cloudy days help us think more clearly. My ideal working conditions include an overcast day, so I’m glad that I’m not crazy.

5. 24 things Matt Zoller Seitz learned about Wes Anderson while Seitz was writing a book about the director. This article is old, but I fell down a Wes Anderson rabbit hole.

And a bonus: DIY printable holiday cards that I’m going to recreate after a long-awaited trip to Dick Blick. The Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal one is fantastic.

Have a great weekend!