I haven’t done one of these posts in a long LONG time – November 2012 to be exact. Since I’m always reading and trawling the internet for heaps cool stuff this post is going to be a big one.
Photographer, Paul McDonough, took some beautiful photos of New York City in the late 60s and early 70s.
Tavi wrote this incredible post about her blog turning five years old and about her thoughts on memories and nostalgia, amongst other things. I wrote a tumblr post about growing up and things I remember from that weird period between being a child and a teenager. Harmony Korine did a Reddit AMA that cracked me up (Spring Breakers doesn’t open in Australia until May 2nd but I can’t wait). I enjoyed this New York Magazine about Astrologer Susan Miller, and I enjoyed this piece from The Coveteur about Susan’s daughter Chrissie Miller‘s (the designer behind now defunct Sophmore) apartment (which she shares with her boyfriend, Leo Fitzpatrick aka Telly from ‘Kids’). Also good on The Coveteur was the house tour of model/actress Jaime King who I have liked since I read an article about her in an issue of Marie Claire in my dentist’s waiting room in 2002, and on the subject of Jaime, I’m excited about this documentary about her late boyfriend, fashion photographer Davide Sorrenti, See Know Evil. From The Brown Eyed Baker; a recipe for the best chocolate fudge sauce I’ve ever had. My new favourite tumblr – When Big Hair Roamed The Earth. Thanks America, But You Can Have The Madden Brothers Back Now, seriously why are they always in Australia!? I wonder similar things about the singer Pink.
Andy Prokh’s photos of his daughter Catherine and their British Shorthaired (same as my Zigmond!) cat, Lilu are adorable.
Kathleen Hanna said some good stuff about Taylor Swift on The Daily Beast (I can’t believe that interviewers are still asking her about her part in naming ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit though, is this not 2013?!). I am obsessed with Within Color, a new-ish blog written by some awesome Women of Color. It’s mostly fashion and beauty (so many good outfit photos!) with some other topics thrown in from time to time. My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum; it’s great, read it. You look great, have you lost weight? is not a compliment. ‘Can You Wear Leggings As Pants?’: Yes, Because I Fucking Want To!’ I can’t believe the debate about this is still going on. Genius babe Bethany wrote about how she feels about being fat. I wrote about dealing with creepy dudes on tumblr; Please Don’t Make Your Boner My Problem.
I probably talk about how I want to run away and live in a cabin in the woods a little too often but I can’t help it. Here is a list of 31 dream houses in the woods. The ones in the photo above is The Eames House, Case Study House #8 (part of the amazing Case Study House Program which also brought us The incredible Stahl House), it was built in the mid-late 1940s and I am in love with it.
I’ve recently really gotten into Joan Didion (I read The White Album last month, finished The Year of Magical Thinking two weeks ago and I just started reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem yesterday). After reading her essay ‘Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream’ about Lucille Maxwell Miller, who was convicted by the State of California of murdering her husband by dousing him with gasoline and allowing him to burn to death while he slept in a Volkswagen I did some googling and came across ‘A Mother’s Crime‘ on the LA Times, an essay about the murder written by Lucille’s daughter Debra Miller. While on the subject of Didion I also read ‘The Autumn of Joan Didion‘ by Caitlin Flanagan and really enjoyed it. And on the flip-side, after getting really annoyed by Didion’s disparaging essay about ‘The Women’s Movement’ I read this critical essay ‘Joan Didion: Only Disconnect‘ by Barbara Grizzutti Harrison and found it quite interesting.
Recommendations: I bought these t-shirts for me and Tom from Teenage and they are pretty great. I’m attempting to read 52 books this year and I’m already up to book number 18 (which is Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee by Megan Boyle in case you were curious) and I am enjoying reading so much! I used to read so much when I was younger but I’d slowed down a lot the past few years, so I recommend setting yourself reading-based goals so that you will read more books because reading is the best. I also recommend Mac Rebel lipstick, Dorothy Perkins jeans (the super skinny ones are still not tight enough from the knee down for me but apart from that they are great jeans), black jeans with blue denim jackets, middle parting your hair (I’m super late on this bandwagon and it’s weird to see my forehead but I like it) and listening to Brian Eno’s Music For Airports while you write, or while you do anything really.
Look at that middle part! Good bye fringe/bangs, it was nice knowing you.