Link Party: 8/8-8/12

I love these trees a lot.
I love these trees a lot.

I spent the whole weekend in Los Angeles (Saturday: Santa Monica and Malibu; Sunday: Arts District + Downtown + the Eastside). I have zero regrets.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. Twitter‘s serious problem with abuse.

2. Inside a scandal at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

3. A brief history of Arthur memes.

4. YouTube beauty bloggers and anxiety.

5. Martha Stewart, Queen of the Internet.

And a bonus: Anna Wintour‘s garden makes me swoon.

I’m sending you all of my good vibes for a fantastic week.

Link Party: 1/18-1/22

Plants, man.
Plants, man.

What happened to all of my time this week? I have no idea. Back to regularly scheduled programming next week.

Here’s what I read:

1. This is a fascinating article on the future of parking — I have reservations about self-driving cars, but I’m all for making cities more livable.

2. I originally listened to this story about a woman who self-diagnosed her own genetic mutation on “This American Life,” and found the accompanying article in the Atlantic equally compelling.

3. This guy listened to an album every day for a year and had some great insights about how we consume music.

4. You know I love the entire Dirtbag series, so you shouldn’t be surprised I loved Dirtbag Hera.

5. These short story vending machines make me believe in the goodness of humanity.

And a bonus: I love this parody Twitter account about Bernie Sanders’s thoughts.

Have a great weekend.

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.

Link Party: 9/21-9/25

When I work events, I have a really hard time enjoying the food / entertainment just because I'm in Work Mode. Regardless, I was so impressed by Tastemade's first GALLIVANT! event. Here's an artsy shot of a chalkboard mural up at the event.
When I work events, I have a really hard time enjoying the food / entertainment just because I’m in Work Mode. Regardless, I was so impressed by Tastemade’s first GALLIVANT! event. Here’s an artsy shot of a chalkboard mural up at the event.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. I loved this essay about annotating Alice in Wonderland and the contemporary connection of Genius. This is the kind of literary analysis content I’m here for.

2. The influence of Kanye West’s “808s and Heartbreak” on the rap world of 2015.

3. A French history of fancy frames.

4. Apparently you can go across the United States for $213 via Amtrak and see a lot of cool stuff. I want to go to there.

5. The rise of #luckygirl and how admitting effort or hard work is taboo for women.

And a bonus: Here is a short video of Jon Stewart dancing to Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” It is everything.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Link Party: 7/20-7/24

I love brunch. Whoever came up with the idea for brunch is a genius.
I love brunch. Whoever came up with the idea for brunch is a genius.

I had a good week and I hope you did too. Here’s what I read:

1. A Paul Ford discussion on Internet security in light of both the Ashley Madison hacks and the latest Gawker controversy.

2. I finished “The White Album” earlier this week, so I am loving this Paris Review interview with Joan Didion.

3. Inside couture ateliers, with photos.

4. An interesting profile on the artist Damien Hirst.

5. Honestly, this 200+ Tweet essay of Joshua Clover’s decision to quit his job at Spin is just absolutely and totally fantastic. If you read anything on this list, please make it this. You will not regret it.

And a bonus: This supercut of Don Draper saying “what” is the best thing in this entire universe.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Link Party: 4/27-5/1

A thriving vine on the arbor in front of my house.
A thriving vine on the arbor in front of my house.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. A fascinating mini-profile on Louis Sarno, a musicologist that lives amongst the Bayaka in the Central African Republic.

2. It’s okay to run through The Six with your woes and then cry about it, Drake.

3. What the new Twitter Highlights tells us about Twitter and ourselves.

4. Eric D. Snider looked at some of the articles he wrote as an elementary school student for his local newspaper, and I simultaneously love them because they’re hilarious and loathe them because somehow they remind me of myself.

5. In defense of Googling everyone.

And a bonus: Don Draper does say “What?” a lot. (I’m not ready for this show to leave my life.)

Have a great weekend!

Link Party: 3/30-4/3

I have this thing with (forest) floors.
I have this thing with (forest) floors.

Here’s what I read this week:

1. These are the emails you get from Twitter when you don’t Tweet, follow anybody or log into the account.

2. This guy tried to analyze 18 years of his email, which amounted to nearly half a million messages.

3. The history behind and surrounding the Mark Rothko murals at Harvard is fascinating.

4. Most people don’t know that Lauren Bacall was a very eclectic collector.

5. The phrasal construction of verbs like “rage quit.”

And a bonus: Really cool and really rare photos of Frida Kahlo.

Have a great weekend!

Link Party: 2/23-2/27

The rainbows on Tuesday afternoon were incredible.
The rainbows on Tuesday afternoon were incredible.

I had a great week, and I hope you did too. Here’s what I read:

1. This chat between two editors, who had never met before but tried to get the other to feel the most profound sense of dread and panic from reading an email,  is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.

2. Medium article #2: A fascinating look at how a media studies professor’s 5-year-old son uses Twitter.

3. Carrie Brownstein on style, Portland v. New York.

4. How the New York Times has described Buzzfeed over the years.

5. A very interesting article about Venmo and its lack of privacy. (The woman who wrote this article also has a fantastic daily newsletter.)

And a bonus: A documentary about J.D. Salinger that blew my mind. A lot of critics didn’t like it, but I think it’s definitely worth a watch. (Bonus story to the bonus: I woke up at 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning, couldn’t go back to sleep and watched it before getting up for for school. I felt horrible at about 5 p.m., but it was worth it.)

Have a wonderful weekend!