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Link Party: 4/10-4/14

Quiet.

I realized yesterday I haven’t written an actual post beyond Link Parties in a very long time — in May, I’m hoping to fix that. I miss writing for myself and this blog, but I need to get on top of some other professional work that’s starting to get overwhelming. Thank you for reading, even when I don’t have much to say.

Here’s this week’s party:

1. A very interesting story on Coachella and its founder.

2. Daniel Patterson, Locol and a valiant goal to change fast food.

3. The DAMN. exit survey. My favorite answer: “Imagine being this much better at your job than everyone else.”

4. Tim Kaine, post-election and back in the Senate.

5. The return of Lorde.

See you later.

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Link Party: 4/3-4/7

Blooming trees.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. A writer asked Tony Hawk to teach her how to ollie. The story and the video are delightful.

2. Kirsten Gillibrand, profiled by Rebecca Traister.

3. This story about how a beloved Hollywood home was relocated to Canada is incredible.

4. The past lives of Shirley MacLaine.

5. A man’s style journey, thanks to a pair of clown pants.

And a bonus: Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” video.

Have a great week.

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Link Party: 3/27-3/31

Somewhere in the sort-of-not-really desert, California, USA.

March was a marathon month, and I suspect the next 30 days are going to feel like a sprint. I kickstarted April with a day trip in and around the desert: a wildflower walk, a mirrored house art installation and the best milkshakes. April, here I come — no bad days.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. The world of Japanese luxury fruit.

2. A personal essay on envisioning California.

3. Donald Trump’s vision of New York, stuck in the 1980s.

4. A Navajo chef on the complexities of Native American cuisine.

5. Why Joan Didion writes “so much” about clothes.

And a bonus: I am really, really feeling this mood board for summer 2017.

Have a great week.

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Link Party: 3/20-3/24

A slice of my bulletin board.

 

This week I got promoted (!) and spent much of my work time planning a few projects that are not only going to make a positive difference in many students’ experiences, but make me feel more creatively fulfilled than ever before. I know that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Here’s what I’ve ready lately:

1. A new Q&A with Bob Dylan.

2. A timeline of millennial pink. (I painted my room the perfect shade of blush [evidence above] and I have zero regrets.)

3. The gig economy celebrates working yourself to death.

4. William Finnegan on the sounds of surfing. (Barbarian Days was one of my favorite reads in 2016.)

5. Women, politics and Vogue.

And two bonuses: The office supply version of “Bad and Boujee,” and this absolutely delightful video of a French bulldog that just wants to go for a swim.

Talk to you later.

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Culture Connoisseur: My World Poetry Day Selection

A few poetry books from my shelves.

Pitchfork has this video series called Over/Under: in an episode, an artist or band gets a random set of subjects and things. They then have to say whether that subject or thing is overrated or underrated, with a little bit of explanation about why they feel that way. If I had my own episode of that video series and the subject was “reading poetry,” I’d say it’s deeply, deeply underrated. I’m an avid fiction and non-fiction reader, but I often find poetry to be much more compelling when it comes to presenting an idea or figuring out emotions.

Most people shy away from it because it seems like too much of a brain workout, but I guarantee you’ll feel much better about yourself and your skills the more often you do it — just like a physical workout. I promise that there are poems out there that you’ll like, despite the poems you were forced to read in high school and hated. I also promise that in the poems you think are too esoteric, like Shakespearian sonnets or long epics, you’ll find some aspect of relatability. The more poetry you read, the more you’ll figure out who and what you like.

In honor of World Poetry Day, I’d like to share a few poems that I constantly return to or think about — even though my days of studying poetry in a classroom are behind me. Every time I reread these, I find new facets of emotional fortitude. I think you will too.


Alice Walker‘s “Be Nobody’s Darling”

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.


Nikki Giovanni‘s “What It Is”

if it’s a trail we can hike it
if it has two wheels we can bike it

if it’s an allergy we can sneeze it
if it’s a pimple we can squeeze it

if it’s dew it “covers Dixie”
if it’s Tinker Bell it’s a pixie

if it’s a breeze it can blow us
if it’s the sun it can know us

if it’s a song we can sing it
if it flies we can wing it

if it’s soda pop then it’s drinkable
it might be X-Rated by that’s unthinkable

if it’s a boat we can sail it
if it’s a letter we can mail it

if it’s a star we can let it shine
if it’s the moon it can make you mine

if it’s grass we can rake it
if it’s free why not take it

if it’s a tide it can ebb
if it’s a spider it can web

if it’s chocolate we can dip it
if it’s a golf ball we can chip it

if it’s gum we can chew it
I hope it’s love so we can do it


Edna St. Vincent Millay‘s “Witch Wife”
She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth on a valentine.

She has more hair than she needs;
In the sun ’tis a woe to me!
And her voice is a string of coloured beads,
Or steps leading into the sea.

She loves me all that she can,
And her ways to my ways resign;
But she was not made for any man,
And she never will be all mine.


Maya Angelou‘s “Phenomenal Woman”
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Dorothy Parker‘s “Interview”
The ladies men admire, I’ve heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They’d rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints …
So far, I’ve had no complaints.

What are your favorite poems? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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Link Party: 3/13-3/17

Roses in the backyard.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. Trump and the White House press corps.

2. It’s pretty morbid, but this article about the plan for when Elizabeth II dies is f a s c i n a t i n g.

3. The Democrats are the new party of no.

4. Cher‘s era.

5. An excerpt from an upcoming biography of Marilyn Monroe.

And a bonus: “Life is the best party I’ve ever been invited to.”

Talk to you soon.

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Link Party: 3/6-3/10

An out-of-this-world mural next to an LA coffee shop.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

1. Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale. (Thank you to Abi for the recommendation.)

2. This story about a food-service director in the unhealthiest city in America and how she revolutionized her students’ school lunches made me tear up — no child deserves to go without lunch, and the current political climate is edging that notion towards reality.

3. This interview with Jack White is surprisingly soft (in that he seems like an old soul) and very good.

4. Thousands of people watch this man’s webcam feed of his lawn.

5. Hospitals waste so many supplies and it is b a n a n a s.

And a bonus: I finally finished the first season of The Young Pope and really enjoyed it. If you’re cool with a chain-smoking pope / shady cardinals and find absurd Italian art cinema to be right up your alley, I’d recommend it.

Have a great week.

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