Link Party: 7/6-7/10

The best thing about lately is that I have had more time to focus on making stuff. On the left, part of a watercolor print I've taped into my sketchbook. On the right, a image transfer background, my photo of a field somewhere in northern France and a Rumi quote.
The best thing about lately is that I have had more time to focus on making stuff. On the left, part of a watercolor print I made and taped into my sketchbook. On the right, a image transfer background, my photo of a field somewhere in northern France and a Rumi quote.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. I love Diane Keaton, and this New Yorker profile from the 1970s is fantastic.

2. Why babies in medieval art look like ugly old men.

3. I say it every week on Twitter, but Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides is truly the best part of this season of True Detective.

4. The story behind the iconic photo of an American girl in Italy.

5. This guy looking for an apartment in New York accidentally inherited a stranger’s entire home.

And a bonus: Dirtbag Hamlet is the best in the Dirtbag series, but Dirtbag Louis XIV comes in a close second.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Link Party: 6/29-7/3

There are these small trees that line my street, and they have beautiful flowers. If you know what they're called, please let me know!
There are these small trees that line my street, and they have beautiful flowers. If you know what they’re called, please let me know!

Here’s what I read this week:

1. I didn’t notice how many X should buy Y articles there are out there, and now I will.

2. I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift, but after reading this essay I understand her cultural pull a little more.

3. The Notorious RBG.

4. I haven’t watched the new Daft Punk documentary because I don’t remember enough French to get by without subtitles, but this list of trivia mined from it is awesome.

5. A linguist explains how we use sarcasm on the Internet.

And two bonuses, because I’m the best: Behind-the-scenes footage of “Inherent Vice,” and a really great song from The Arcs, the side project of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Have a wonderful holiday 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: 4/20-4/24

A snapshot of some hot pot I had this week. Good times.
A snapshot of some not-yet-consumed shabu shabu hot pot I had this week. Good times.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. Avocados are very important.

2. This is what happened when the Washington Post sent its food critic to critique a restaurant 80 Yelp users have rated 1-star.

3. Emoji are also very important, especially on the linguistics front.

4. Mallory Ortberg‘s advice to her younger self is wonderful. (Side note: She was great at the Festival of Books.)

5. An interesting history of Rube Goldberg and his machines.

And a bonus: This cool watercolor print project is going on my lists of DIYs to do after the quarter is over.

Have a great weekend!

Link Party: 9/29-10/4

Yesterday was one of my university's annual fall events. Everyone lines up for free hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream. Predictably, it's a zoo. But it was a beautiful day, and people are happy about the free lunch.
Yesterday was one of my university’s annual fall events. Everyone lines up for free hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream. Predictably, it becomes a zoo very quickly. But it was a beautiful day, and people are happy about the free lunch so good vibes are abound.

You made it through the week, and now you deserve a few great things to read. Here are some of the things I read:

1. Is Google making me stupid? Sometimes I wonder.

2. Steven Pinker, whose work I first encountered in a language acquisition class last winter, has a new book about grammar out. He doesn’t like postmodernists, apparently.

3. I love the entire Dirtbag series The Toast publishes, and they bestowed us with a new installment: Dirtbag Zeus.

4. This Rolling Stone interview with The Strokes is very old, but I saw it on Facebook and had never read it before. I still love The Strokes, but it’s funny how one feature article can change your entire perception of the subject.

5. A brief history of the GIF.

And a bonus: How to make homemade cronuts. (!!!)

Have a great weekend! I’ll be editing the student newspaper, going to a Shakespeare production and trying to get through a huge pile of work.

What did you read this week? Let’s talk about it in the comments.