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articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read: part 75

i have abandoned you for so very long that it’s very definitely time to bring this little ditty back. here are some articles to read over the weekend while you remember that i still love you.

know who doesn’t love you? summer. because it’s determined to turn our sunny months into a poor remake of waterworld (as if that were even possible omg that movie was so bad).

but yeah, since the sun won’t come out and there’s nothing to enjoy outside, have a sit, grab some cookies and get to reading. enjoy!

TO READ:

  1. the way of the tv viewer is definitely through Twitter, The Verge
  2. John McCain knows it too (and everyone else should be ashamed of themselves because he is OLD), LATimes
  3. the history of the Fuck Yeah tumblrs as explained on not Tumblr, Medium
  4. following last week’s home invasion and that poor girl’s death, Hofstra students have some ideas. unfortunately, they’re a bit misguided, WSJ
  5. give yourself a break this weekend and read all about Robert Redford. then take a nap and dream all about Robert Redford, The Hairpin
  6. Mike Birbiglia was profiled in BuzzFeed and i only know about beacuse of his very adorable tweet
  7. also in BuzzFeed, a profile on the new face of the human rights movement around the globe. nice job, Rosie Gray!
  8. GQ wins my heart forever because they got Maya Rudolph to recreate awkward family photos. Danny McBride was there too if you’re into that sort of thing
  9. Park Slope Family Circus is the latest gift from the internet to make us chuckle. i’m betting if it had been on Tumblr, it would have a book deal by now
  10. hey remember the OC
  11. neighborhood stape 5 Pointz is safe. for now? DailyNews
  12. Andrew Sullivan isn’t sure he knows what he wants. i think he wants a cronut, The Dish
  13. what’s everyone being paid in NYC? Daily Intel takes a lesson out of BuzzFeed and culls Reddit for the answer
  14. for when everything seems terrible, there’s Screenshots of Despair to make it worse
  15. yes, this week Facebook joined the ranks of Twitter in annoyance by allowing hashtags. #ugh, AdAge
  16. the interns who sued the big bad movie studios just won their lawsuit and holy moses does this mean that internships will start paying more than $0 now? THR
  17. in other Tumblr news, let Beyonce teach you art history
  18. some lessons (3) on using Twitter successfully, as a brand, Forbes
  19. speaking of, here are the 25 most engaged brands on Twitter. shoutout Disney and ESPN, Mashable
  20. this essay about eating very very specific feelings struck a very very particular chord with me. so read it cause it’s pretty awesome, Hairpin
  21. someone must have caught on to my #SATClastlines idea because they’re watching the series over again too. that someone is writing about it for Bullett
  22. we can all hope and pray for student loan reform but it’s more than likely never going to happen, Roll Call
  23. if you plan to date someone who plans to be famous, you’d better get your social media presence in order. yes, you, Jezebel
  24. over at Vulture, Seitz thinks Selina aka Veep is the best comedic performance on TV right now. know what? i super totally agree. go watch Veep! 

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. i’m way behind on Mad Men this season, but Sloane Croasley and her friend are writing knee-jerk reviews for the NYTimes which are pretty great
  2. Neko Case has a new single and it’s called “Man” and listen to it now! Paste
  3. the darlings at AllSongs have chosen their favorite albums at the half year mark, NPR
  4. NOT any Taylor Swift songs. but you SHOULD read this rewrite of “22” on McSweeney’s
  5. definitely watch “The Imperialists Are Still Alive” on Netflix this weekend cause it’s one of my favorite discoveries. and here’s the AVClub review. (p.s. this is what writer/director Zeina Durra looks like. hello hot stuff!)
  6. Brad Pitt ate Vegemite for the first time (in Australia, natch) and dug into it like me with a jar of Nutella on a Friday night, GrubStreet

TO BUY ME:

  1. BuzzFeed has a list of 65 books to read in your 20s and i’m not opposed to sitting down and discussing which books we want to borrow from each other
  2. a damn cronut already!
  3. since that likely won’t happen for another few months, let’s make this apricot almond tart together
  4. this apartment is pretty great and i wouldn’t mind if someone could  help me figure out how to redecorate mine, BKMag

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 74

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last week was real real crazy for news so if you missed stuff, it’s ok. i grabbed on to some of the more frivolous chatter…

TO READ:

  1. there are a lot of terrible things going on in the world this week, perhaps the most to ever go on in an entire week, but none as so annoying as “elimination communication” - this newfangled potty training idea that has parents clacking like they’re Swahili and nyc babies peeing between parked cars. here’s more about it in the NYTimes, but i promise it’ll be sufficiently frustrating 
  2. if your friends are doing EC (above), chances are they recently had a baby or recently got a puppy. in Brooklyn Mag, one hip lady talks all about being preggo
  3. ok, now let’s talk about all the other poop out there (the kind not from babies): The Onion is on it lately of the Boston tragedy they said: “This is just the way the world is now.”
  4. poor Mark Wahlberg still had to do press the night of the Boston explosions for his ridiculous new movie, NYObserver
  5. the New Yorker wrote something lovely about the significance of the marathon
  6. in a crazy sad world, BuzzFeed still believes in the wisdom of Bob Ross
  7. here’s a magazine doing fashion editorials of chickens. think they’re on diets too?
  8. how much is too much to show in a newspaper? the nytimes discusses daily news’ decision to edit down their gory monday photo
  9. since senate decided to be a bunch of disappointing limp weenies this week (some of them, anyway), gabby giffords took to the nytimes to explain why NOT passing gun reform was a terrible idea
  10. oh yeah, and there’s a manhunt going on in Boston (a town now completely shut down) for the remaining bombing suspect. BuzzFeed has a good rundown of all the news if you can’t focus on anything else today
  11. speaking of, i’m with The Onion on this one too - the news is doing a bad job
  12. if you really want to lose all hope in humanity: read through this insane e-mail from a Maryland sorority girl that Gakwer got hold of. chances are, people have already started signing their e-mails “I LITERALLY want you to email me back telling me if you’re mentally slow,” becuase i know i have
  13. and for some happy newslovely and talented Bryan Menegus was called out in Fast Company for being a master of the supercut
  14. Vulture talked to House of Cards’ showrunner and you’d better take some time this weekend to read through everything he had to say because it’s important!

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. here is the newest single from camera obscura to play obsessively until their new album finally comes out in june
  2. Patty Smith has some life advice. and you’d better listen cause homelady has lived, Refinery29
  3. this Philadelphia news anchor interviewed Ryan Lochte and he was so ridiculous she laughed on air for the next 5 minutes. they cut to commercial when she started snorting, Raw Story
  4. because he’s the funniest man alive, Louis CK proves you can indeed make a rape joke AND not offend anybody, The Cut
  5. for the millionth time, Amy Poehler wins our hearts. all of them, Vulture

TO BUY ME:

  1. whatever Alexa Chung said she loves, i want to. let’s start with that perfect haircut, Refinery29
  2. a ticket to see “The Assembled Parties” play because it sounds pretty terrific
  3. a lobster roll. dear god, just get all of the lobster rolls. french AND america, Grub Street

(photo via paralysedbeaver)

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 73

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news threads. twitter feeds. instagram rolls. tumblr dashboards. everywhere. all the time. it never stops. news is so overwhelming. it’s like this for everyone, i suspect, and it’s worse for those of us who actually work in news.

don’t get me wrong, i wouldn’t want to do anything else but that doesn’t mean there aren’t times when i wouldn’t like to throw my laptop against a wall and run far away, to a place with no internet access. i rectify the urge by keeping my weekends mostly internet free (or at least free of computer time because there’s no escaping brunch photos).

that doesn’t work for everyone, so if you’re spending your nights and weekends hooked to the web, here’s some fun for you to read…cause we all need someone to make sense of the flood of information. enjoy!

TO READ:

  1. oh lookie, Pilot (nee Bacon) made it on BuzzFeed’s best tweets of the Oscars list
  2. Kanye’s tirade might be worth the price of admission alone, Bullett
  3. the "I Hurt I am in Fashion" blog is the best thing to come out of the fashion industry maybe ever
  4. speaking of people who are terrible in fashion, here’s the Brandt brothers upholding women’s rights
  5. someone went ahead and put together a list of the unhappiest states, based on their tweeters. guess who’s the least happy?
  6. gothamist is looking for a blogger friend. won’t you help them out?
  7. Alex Karpovsky talked to Bullett along the press tour for his new movie
  8. all “controversial” ladies Lisa Lampanelli and Lena Dunham were missing: a twitter tiff about the n word
  9. we could all use a little help and Poynter has a guide to help reporters be better self-editors
  10. Grantland is really not happy with the general state of food tv, and Bourdain specifically
  11. BuzzFeed put their gif skills to good use, explaining what it’s like to be a single lady all in animated glory
  12. Jezebel has the very strange idea that you should have sex with people because they’re intriguing, if not attractive
  13. of course the highest rated and supremely affordable cleaning service on Yelp is no longer taking new clients
  14. Refinery29 has the basics on being a style blogger. correction: a star style blogger

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. i discovered this great show on WFMU and it’s terrific listening for the work-from-home crowd
  2. the new Youth Lagoon album, which you can still preview on NPR, is also terrific listening for the work-from-home crowd (or, i suppose, any crowd but i work from home so there you have it)
  3. take two models, put them in a grocery store, begin interview. sounds like it should be fun, but is probably quite boring in the way that extraordinarily pretty people aren’t very interesting
  4. let’s just be clear, i would die if Amy Poehler ever called me
  5. i hate people who talk about TED Talks but the 4 minutes i watched of this one told me to pretend to be confident and my body would start believing it. and i’m all for lying to myself

TO BUY ME:

  1. these Nine West puppies are pretty perfect for spring. i’ll even let you decide on black or beige
  2. i very seriously want a wooden iphone case and this bamboo one is pretty nice for not $80
  3. here are the best burgers in NYC according to city bible New York Mag
  4. Rye Restaurant in Williamsburg looks amazing and i want to go there immediately, k?

(buster keaton gif via)

eaweiss:

Some of the week’s best headlines.

Sources: Taco BellWoodward, Pig, Bieber, Fire Station, Pope

this is brilliant and everything i like about new roundups. 

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 72

i’d like to take a lesson from the very adorable Joseph Gordon Levitt here about asking for help. for me, it’s always been harder than it probably should be. i spend so much time determined to get something, anything done myself - because, you know the old story, only i can do it right - despite the fact that the thing would go along much easier were i to get off my sassy horse and admit defeat. at least where autonomy is concerned.

and so, consider this my resolution to be less preoccupied with independence and more interested in asking assistance. because who wouldn’t like oscar winner and generally fantastic person Sally Field tying their bow tie?

because you probably need a little help from time to time, i’m here to aid your boredom and tuesday stress with a little reading material. enjoy!

TO READ:

  1. this post comes around every valentine’s day but it bears repeating…you should date a journalist
  2. after all the street style photos i’ve been staring at all fashion week, Bullett Mag turned the camera on the photogs
  3. Harper’s Bazaar did a profile on Marina Abramovic and her Soho pad. did you know she lives with Givenchy’s creative director? yay roomies for life!
  4. music writer crush Nitsuh Abebe explains why Beyonce can’t have it all. or maybe she can
  5. speaking of music writers, the Village Voice warns us all against that kind of nonsense
  6. the great museum by my house is doing an entire Sunday Session for Andy Kaufman. and Tony Clifton is going to be there, whoever he is
  7. weirdly enough, Facebook recommended this article about Kate Winslet visiting New Zealand. and since it’s from a kiwi paper, the line “While the ladies shopped, the blokes went to a nearby cafe” was written for our giggling pleasure
  8. i had such a pleasure of discovering the STFU Parents blog because it’s everything i think ever time i hide someone FB feed for having a baby
  9. Pilot who is lovely and dear and wrote some pretty fantastic “30 Rock” recaps also wrote about “Bob’s Burgers” for AV Club
  10. Black Book insists that we shouldn’t feel bad for Leo DiCaprio ever. but what about if he never ever wins an Oscar? can we feel bad for him then?
  11. the NYTimes found yet another place where “the hipsters” are settling
  12. in time for Valentine’s Day, Aziz Ansari wrote his own modern love essay and not in the Times (rebelrebel)
  13. no worries, i’ve got a proper Times Modern Love essay for you too
  14. i especially liked this roundup of passive aggressive notes and their hilarious responses because i often fight the urge to leave a passive aggressive note
  15. Refinery 29 covered yet another gala and now i can’t remember why i put this in the roundup
  16. Jezebel is looking for something called an editorial fellow which i think is just a fancy word for intern but if you’re into that sort of thing by all means apply away

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. Blake Lively was at fashion week hawking her Gucci perfume. but in the meantime, she reminded us all why we already miss Serena, Refinery29
  2. The XX did a tiny desk concert with All Songs, because amazingness galore!
  3. Jenny Lewis made a valentine’s day mixtape for Spin. which is surprising because who knew that Spin was still around?
  4. no thanks to Refinery29, i spent the better part of an hour this week watching through old episodes of “Between Two Ferns.” start with this year’s Oscar special part 1
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21206964

TO BUY ME: 

  1. i heard about this ridiculous  group of people called Turquoise Jeep. and guess what?! they’re playing Brooklyn Bowl in April. get your tkts (and my tkts) now
  2. Timo Weiland’s house is pretty fantastic so let’s look through it and feel bad about the decor in our homes, Refinery29

(photo via Hit Record Joe Tumblr)

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read last week: part 71

hello dear friends and readers of news the internet through! i’m so happy to be back after what turned into a much longer than anticipated break from the weekly roundup. we’re properly into winter now and it’s so enjoyable to take things a bit slower as we make sure not to slip on the snowy sidewalks. once you’ve made it safely home, put on your jammies and some cozy sock and snuggle up with some great reads from last week. or just take off your shoes at work and enjoy the freedom your toes feel until 6:00 p.m. crazy thoughts, perhaps, but man it’s good to be back!

TO READ: 

  1. it’s over now and we’re all sad, but the AV Club explains 10 key 30 Rock episodes that made it the best ever (and changed the sitcom formula)
  2. Lena Dunham went on Alec Baldwin’s podcast and she discussed the insanity that is Rihanna and Chris Brown’s relationship
  3. one time, Martha Stewart visited the Beekman farm
  4. Vulture was kind enough to look into the problem with Bates on Downton Abbey
  5. The Awl wrote this back when it was 9 degrees out, but it works for today’s post snowstorm too
  6. meanwhile, BuzzFeed reminds us why snow and cold are really pretty great
  7. i still haven’t read this NYTimes piece on what middle class is in Manhattan, but i’m sure it’s going to be ridiculous
  8. to follow up, Brooklyn Mag explains the difference between being broke and being poor, in NYC and otherwise
  9. can’t wait for Entourage the Movie to come out? some pieces of the script were leaked on this lovely new Tumblr
  10. a “Girls” reality show seemed like the worst thing ever. and then it magically got more terrible, Jezebel
  11. are you Liz Lemon? Thought Catalog helps you figure it out. and by “you” i mean “me.” (and the answer is “yes.”)
  12. i joined This Is My Jam. and i really like it. find me there
  13. while in LA, i visited Melody Ehsani’s boutique to have my nails done. here are 5 inspiring life lessons from the jewelry designer
  14. wondering how much a community manager should make? here is a breakdown from Sue On The Web. warning: the salaries are exactly all over the map
  15. someone wrote a really not nice review of “Identify Theft” entirely focused on Melissa McCarthy’s weight. and someone else at Deadline Hollywood called him out on it. take that, mean reviewers - internet wins again!
  16. shopping website Net A Porter (always loved that pun) is starting its own web fashion magazine. watch out Vogue, i guess? Refinery29

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. one of the most forgotten parts of the OSCARS is the shorts, and then especially the animated shorts. here’s "The Paperman" from Disney - which is near and dear to my heart because, you know, journalism
  2. Blake Lively went to fashion week to shill that new perfume for Gucci. but in her interview with Refinery 29, she reminds us why we already miss Serena
  3. James Blake has a new single and Gorilla vs. Bear is SO EXCITED about it
  4. originally posted by Dave Brown, this awesome video helps us remember making stuff with our hands is really pretty great
  5. Ryan teaches BuzzFeed and all of us about the Harlem Shake. he’s really doing God’s work, you guys

TO BUY ME:

  1. i’ve been thinking about getting into juicing, which means i need a juicer. and this one is pretty reasonable for a novice

(photo up top via last week’s episode of Fresh Meat. if you aren’t watching it yet, get to Hulu immediately because it’s amaahzing!)

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read (last year): part 69

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since the end of 2012 got so nutty for me, i put these roundups together but never posted them. i do apologize, my dears.

here’s part one of the end-of-year roundups. enjoy!

TO READ:

  1. if you market a detox diet for lazy people, i might just be interested, Refinery29
  2. Louis CK took Vanity Fair’s proust questionnaire. if you’re asking if it’s funny you just need to get the flip out of here
  3. Syracuse University did a “spirit wall” for the holidays and it’s a pretty brilliant use of social media. well done, guys!
  4. you LL Bean boyfriend is the only thing you need to see this week and next
  5. sammie sent me this about Jawbreaker, AV Club
  6. seems everyone hates Politico these days, even in an “anthropological way”, Daily Intel
  7. who says feminists can’t be funny? they sure know how to prank Victoria’s Secret
  8. i still haven’t read Lena Dunham’s piece on Nora Ephron
  9. apparently Miss Dunham was pretty pissed Gawker posted her book proposal
  10. oh yeah, and GIRLS got its own “what should we call me” tumblr, Mashable
  11. Dave Edelstein at NYMag really didn’t like “Les Mis.” thank god
  12. rules for your company’s holiday party. legit ones, Yahoo! News
  13. did you know about Medium??? me either
  14. did you know about iawriter??? me either
  15. The Cut picked their 25 favorite red carpet looks this year. i really really liked some of them (Blake wins it for me though)
  16. if you watched the 12.12.12 concert, heard about it or were alive on the day, Mediabistro has some career advice for you
  17. another article about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl but one that isn’t crap, Somersault Mag
  18. BuzzFeed confirms what i’ve long suspected…high school and Congress are much alive
  19. truth or truth? is Chris Christie too fat to be president? Raw Story (bonus if you can name another fat president)
  20. in a story that won’t surprise you, elephants in russia were saved by vodka, AP (h/t sammie)
  21. Facebook interns make HOW MUCH??? Refinery29

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. i don’t understand why Bill Murray was tazed on his way to Letterman, but then i don’t understand a lot of what Bill Murray does
  2. Dan Amira also hated the breakup song and then the breakup song writer wrote a song about him. oy the internet, Daily Intel
  3. you must stop exactly everything you’re doing and watch this baby play in this puddle with this dog, Huffington Post
  4. speaking of 12.12.12 - let’s talk about Adam Sandler. does he even live in new york? Daily Intel
  5. i don’t know how this happened but i think the dark forces were involved
  6. once upon a time (last year) Bloomberg won a different mayorship
  7. the NYT must really hate us, because they showed us what happens when you leave a piano out in nyc. the outcome is really just demoralizing. but i say those people should have left a note
  8. here’s a french beach artists talking about art on the beach, The Source

TO BUY ME:

  1. this doesn’t yet exist, but i really want the "Tree of Life" Lego set, Onion
  2. Funny or Die has this iPad app called The Occasional. first, i need an iPad

(photo via)

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 68

today was very sad and none of my silly jokes seem important. but i wrote this for you all week so here it is. feel free to ignore until the weekend, or forever. i’m off to call my mommy. 

also, read the onion, because they win it today

TO READ:

  1. Hillary and Meryl and best friends and i will sleep happily for the rest of my days, Refinery29
  2. on the internet, Ryry cannot be smoted. not even by racist hackers, BuzzFeed
  3. with criticism, we’re still not sure about Lena Dunham (love, hate, love to hate, hate to love?) Vulture
  4. just say "mani pixie dream" anything and see how many think pieces are launched, Grantland
  5. along with lovely Reb, we wrote a recap for MKG. here’s last week’s
  6. if you know an introvert, or want to know an introvert, this graphic might help
  7. when you’re blinded by vodka, the only antidote is whiskey, natch
  8. i don’t watch “Community” but i do watch “Go On” and Flavorwire wrote a piece on both
  9. and now we know where some of new york media will be partying this holiday season, Awl. who wants to crash that BBC party with me?
  10. Loop lady Lauren P wrote about moms being super awful. just don’t read the comments, XOJane
  11. uh-oh, it looks like Instagram and Twitter are on a break. whatever will we do??? BuzzFeed
  12. rooftop farms, amirite? or rather, why aren’t there more of them, GOOD
  13. i always knew Tony Danza and i would be great friends - he also loves to clean, NYMag
  14. definitely don’t read MTV’s explanation of “millenials” if you want to remain unembarrassed
  15. newspapers really aren’t having a good season. the Long Island Press is going monthly
  16. nate silver is not a fan of Politico. no sir, not at all, Raw Story
  17. here are some healthy fish recipes, because we could all use a lighter fare between holiday parties and cookie swaps, Fit Sugar
  18. if that’s not enough, Self has a slideshow of Insanity workouts you can do for yourself (without the DVDs, that is)
  19. just sit down, shut the door (or vice versa) and read this piece on Bill Murray. seriously though, i love him!
  20. and in case you missed it, there was a GQ piece about Mr. Murray before too
  21. ladies of new york, stop feeling bad about your “second bag”. The Cut proves that everybody does it
  22. i randomly met Luther Lowe on a work trip to Vegas and of course we had a friend in common. now he’s in a BuzzFeed article about Google Reader
  23. Ryry made a new MySpace. and it’s shockingly a lot like the old MySpace. we all still listen to Smashmouth right? BuzzFeed
TO WATCH/LISTEN:
  1. as promised, the Paloma Faith album indeed came out, Spinner
  2. if you haven’t watched the finale of Boardwalk Empire, write to me and i’ll get you a link. otherwise, this recap from Vulture is mandatory 
  3. Kottke agrees Boardwalk Empire is great now
  4. Kinfolk mag has a holiday playlist
  5. and so does Brooklyn mag
  6. poor Dave Brubeck passed away. let’s watch this great video of him
  7. the holiday season is stressful and we always need a reason to smile. the lady talking to Jay Z on the subway does the trick nicely, Daily Intel
  8. the evian roller babies commercial: cute or creepy? 
  9. bastion of music that it is, All Songs chose their top 50 albums of the year. even though there are still three weeks of releases left
  10. a Charles Bradley cover of “I’ll Slip Away,” because sometimes i like to support Florida folk
  11. sometimes, PSAs are magic. like when they tell you all the “dumb ways to die,” Atlantic
  12. i don’t care how long you’ve been together, please never break news to me in a song, Daily News
TO BUY ME:
  1. "The Elements of Style" comes in an illustrated version. we have no excuse for bad written form
  2. i’m going to LA in February and need to start dressing like Opening Ceremony’s Jenny Le, Refiner29
  3. this little vinyl case from Madewell is pretty necessary for giftgiving, to yourself at least
  4. a sea animals print please!
  5. a pictogram like this one Hemingway’s friends made him as a get well. seriously, guys, you’re slacking, The Vault
  6. everything in this home is beautiful and i want it. all of it, Brooklyn Mag
  7. let’s make these sazerac cookies and give them to each other as gifts. then retire to new orleans, Tasting Table
  8. "you are the cheese to my macaroni" seems as lovely a vow as i’ve ever heard. especially when it’s on a pillow, Paper Source
  9. these NYC best dressed ladies on Daily Candy’s list have some pretty nice stuff. choose from their wardrobe with me in mind
  10. for the kitchen, no one should be without a mortar and pestle
  11. and also a food thermometer please, so i don’t undercook a meat and kill us all
  12. all three bottles of the “best american whiskey" will do nicely to see me into 2013, grubstreet
  13. nearly all of the things on BuzzFeed’s list of pointless gifts. actually, nah, throw ‘em all in! 

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 67

like balloons on David Carr’s head, opportunities sometimes knock you about. in the best way, of course, but it’s hard to manage all of the demands.

that’s where i am right now and at the risk of sounding like a snot, there’s a lot on my plate at the moment (think overweight midwestern at a Golden Coral buffet). and now i’ve gone and insulted people. see what i mean? my head’s not right this week. 

anyway, enjoy these reads! there’ll be a bonus edition come monday (surprise!)

TO READ:

  1. the new trend in food photography is darkness. think rembrandt but with carrots, Yuppie Chef
  2. good news! only 3 people were shot at the west indian day parade. does that get another parade? Runnin Scared
  3. a million congrats to saucy lady Jen Doll for signing a book deal about weddings. attending them, of course, Observer
  4. in case you forgot, here’s the first article Jen wrote about weddings for The Hairpin. already giddy thinking there’ll be hundreds more pages of this!
  5. NYTimes public editor wants you know know it’s hard time having reporters misbehave on the internet
  6. apparently, media isn’t changing. they just have new tricks up their sleeves, AdWeek
  7. The Guardian tells us some disturbing news - this xenophobic man omitted hundreds of words from the dictionary. say whaaaa?
  8. congrats to MoMA and all geeks of the world - there is now a video game in their museum, Hyperallergic
  9. as a person with no Y chromosome, there’s only so much talk of couture gowns and parisian coming out balls i can take before fantasizing of one of my own, The Vivant
  10. in time for Hurrincane Sandy, Taylor Lorenz shared this delightful e-mail from her 92-year-old grandmother. so delightful it makes me want to turn 92 right now
  11. i met Cole Stryker last week and then i read this piece he wrote about the internet (not to be confused with the others, also about the internet)
  12. are you in your 20s and need someone else’s advice? here’s a bit more: books you should read in this ridiculous decade. note: it adds to two tomes a year. can you handle the responsibility, young person???
  13. in other things i missed, how the internet tweeted about the Mars Rover landing, BuzzFeed
  14. keeping alma mater Hofstra U classy as fuck, four basketball players were arrested for on-campus burglary, Newsday
  15. keeping retailers creepy and orwellian, mannequins now spy on you. yes, you read that right, Businessweek
  16. wondering how to get a perfect photo of a great white shark? not anymore! Daily News
  17. presented because we know how much i like cookies: Equinox founder shares her favorite fitness apps, Mashable
TO WATCH/LISTEN:
  1. christmas is coming all kinds of early - Solange’s single from her newest album. cue the eeeee-ing now, All Songs
  2. this telekinesis music because it’s cool
  3. Grover Norquist really really believes in the no tax pledge. even more than he believes in pink unicorms, NPR
  4. presented because we all know how much i love Meryl Streep and, by default, her offspring: CW is canceling “Emily Owens, MD," Vulture
  5. all those cool fashion blog people got together and skated around in the park for a bit
  6. i knew i’d have to take Julie Klausner out soome 
  7. fine, i like “Girls.” whatever. shut up 
  8. did you know you can potty train an alpaca?
  9. it’s Friday, go have a kiki 
TO BUY ME:
  1. have i mentioned i need a massage? i really need a flipping massage, people! Gilt City
  2. Asos has this adorable fox scarf and i haven’t stopped thinking about it (vanity prints!)
  3. Harry Seissman’s apartment came out of my dreams and into Manhattan, Design Hunting
  4. no bedroom, especially that of a child, is complete without an animal head. a stuffed animal head, that is
  5. chocolate chocolate everywhere, and i’m going to eat it all!
  6. dear friend LG introduced me to Kinfolk Mag and now i’m hooked. subscription pour moi please!
  7. yes also to this tiny bow bracelet!
  8. if you’re wondering where cheap ass boutiques order their terrible quality goods, it’s sites like this. and you can shop there too!
  9. The Man Repeller got this swank blanket, and then she wore it as a scarf. fashion is full of surprises
  10. the NYTimes announced their 10 best books. i only want to read two or so
  11. there’s a lot of iPhone gloves out there. here’s some in leather
  12. not all holiday gifts have to be expensive. in fact, you can make some treats to share with friends
  13. but of course, everything that’s on GOOP’s list will do nicely too

(photo via Carr Gifs, which is brilliant and you should go follow them now!)

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 66

i hope everyone had quite the lovely Thanksgiving weekend. though we lost my grandmother just before the holiday, she lived to the ripe old age of 91 and we’re quite thankful for that. it made me realize that i have so much to be thankful for, especially the chance to spend my life doing exactly what i have always wanted. it’s quite the amazing thing to realize you’re living the way you’d always imagined. 

of course, a writer is nothing without readers so i also have to thank all of you, for being here every week. thank you thank you and thank you again. i don’t even care if i’m gushing - you’re worth it, each and every one of you!

enjoy this week’s reads. there’s more to come on friday:

TO READ:

  1. a history of caffeinated snacks in 10 slides or less, Bloomberg
  2. this kid can’t color, but he sure know what to be thankful for
  3. McSweeney’s cooked a pretty bomb thanksgiving. cue my drooling
  4. there is a shelter for pets displaced by the hurricane. and boy are they the cutest ever, Daily Intel
  5. that cultural irrelevance article from last week (from last year)? i’m still reading the damn thing, NYTimes magazine
  6. ScarJo has a new secret boyfriend. so secret that it’s all over the Daily Mail
  7. Jen Doll has her priorities straight, is most thankful for the dive bar, Atlantic Wire (i’m not kidding)
  8. the Man Repeller is having some hair issues
  9. hot man Fassbender and hotter man Gosling are now friends on set in mexico. how do you think their conversations start? BuzzFeed
  10. i found a Pinterest board that fits my design aesthetic quite perfectly. how exciting!
  11. black  friday is so insane, behavioral psychologists can’t figure it out, Daily Intel
  12. also insane, this NYPD cop who planned to eat “girl meat” for thanksgiving, Daily Intel
  13. now that he’s at Gawker, Miles put on his sassiest pants. here’s a quiz to see if you can tell real Thought Catalog books from made up ones (probably not)
  14. Mashable thinks these 10 sites are total crap. do you agree?
  15. Seattle Times has several leftover recipes. if you have any, that is
  16. do you know how many instagram pictures we all posted on Thanksgiving? they sure do. the numbers are astounding!
  17. social media at its finest: Oprah hypes the Windows tablet, while using an iPad, Hypervocal
  18. there’s a handful of weeks to lose the Thanksgiving weight before the Christmas dinners. Refinery 29 has a workout plan

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. the best sketch on SNL last week (Guy Fieri responding to the Times review) didn’t actually make the show. i say we blame Christie
  2. these news anchors in Maine both quit on air because their station was being a butt (“i’m going to freelance, work on my novel and do some painting”)
  3. Russell Brand had some crazy evangelists on his new talk show. bottom line: everyone goes to hell
  4. SNL spoofed Ellen and someone i’d missed it. she does love everything though
  5. this band followed me on twitter but i don’t recommend listening to their single. it’s like suicidal ben gibbard. prob what he listened to during divorce
  6. there was once a movie called “Badlands,” and i’ve only just heard about it. who’s up for a viewing party?
  7. you must be watching “Happy Endings” - it’s terrific! SNL alum Casey Wilson explains why, Huffington Post
  8. NPR spoke to Grace, as in Coddington

TO BUY ME:

  1. Marais is having a sale so all those shoes i’ve wanted are 25% off with code NOIR
  2. MoMA is having a giant tag sale, in the name of art. it’s all a little nuts, Hyperallergic
  3. My Daguerrotype Boyfriend is selling their first calendar - a brilliant way to celebrate each month!
  4. definitely not anything from Black Friday because all of these crowds look insane, Guardian

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articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 65

we’re always going somewhere, we’re always late, always rushing, trying to move, get there, leave there, get somewhere else. forever complaining that we’re tired, sleep deprived, in need of another soy latte. but can we ever just be?

i spent so long leaving florida, not being from somewhere else, making it in new york. whenever my parents came to visit, they stayed with friends or at a hotel, never with me. last night, for the first time, my dad flew into JFK and came to stay at my apartment. i fought it for 7 years, and it’s finally here. you know what? i’m actually excited about it. we’ve been sitting around watching TV together, looking through old pictures and, today, we’re setting out to have some new york city fun. i realized that at a certain point, you have to accept things. like your parents. and just be.

while you’re being on the couch this weekend, here are some articles and fun internet finds for you to enjoy. maybe with your parents:

TO READ:

  1. Andy Sachs went from working for the bitch in Prada to being on the cover of Vogue, Refinery 29
  2. Miles Klee at Black Book realllly doesn’t like Politico
  3. which channels and news outlets won election night? Neiman
  4. the new Bergdorf windows gave fashion fixtures the Disney treatment. and it’s adorable, Stylecaster
  5. i saw the new Bond movie this weekend and Tom Ford did a great job. here’s a few other great Bond girl moments in fashion, Stylecaster
  6. need to improve vintage finds? here’s how, BuzzFeed
  7. we finally know what super comedian Louis CK thinks of super hipster gal Lena Dunham. we can look forward to moving on with our super lives, Bullett
  8. in case not, we can only assume there’s nakedness and cake in the Lena Dunham Esquire interview 
  9. keeping Florida classy, a man killed himself (with pills, wuss) after Obama won reelection, Daily Intel
  10. and my hometown got a shout out because it’s at the center of the Petraus sex scandal. because of course it is, NYTimes
  11. John Hodgman is hilarious and he loves Shopsin’s too (which dear friend Art was kind enough to introduce me to), Daily Intel
  12. for practical purposes, here’s 4 questions to ask at the end of a job interview, MintLife
  13. last week, i told you about my friend Natan’s struggle with his downtown building post-Sandy. this week, the NYTimes got wind that they still don’t have power
  14. and for an oldie, let’s all read Edith Zimmerman’s piece about cultural irrelevance (our own, that is)

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. this video thing about why MTV doesn’t play music videos is frightening, and accurate?
  2. i have it on good authority that the new Paloma Faith album comes out next month. until then, let’s watch her video for “Just Be”
  3. Lilo has made a piece of shit movie that has less than terrible teasers. do you also feel like the joke’s on us? Stylecaster

TO BUY ME:

  1. let’s try this rent-a-nailpolish service, Refinery29
  2. From Me To You recently shot a brand my mother loves. wouldn’t you know it, they have some great stuff
  3. Scoutmob teaches you how to have a puppy and continue being noncommittal 
  4. how about eating at Little Owl?
  5. or maybe Jimmy’s? both restaurants look great
  6. my life is severely lacking a book by ina
  7. what any gal really wants right now is a meal at guy fieri’s new place. i mean, look how much the new york times liked it

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articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 64

with Bourdain off the air, i feel bad i dropped off on watching the show several years ago. his cynicism got to be too much and i gave up on “No Reservations” in lieu of more important viewing like “Breaking Bad” and “Gossip Girl.”  

today, what i appreciate most about him is exactly what turned me away a few years ago. in traveling, Bourdain has always been his own man. he is curious, eager to experience and easily delighted, but he is not there to please or make friends. if he doesn’t like something he’ll tell you, if he thinks you’re a fool, you’ll hear about it.

lately, i’ve been realizing that my opinions are stronger than i once realized - or perhaps they’re getting that way with age - yet i’m struggling to express them. i’m uber aware not to hurt feelings or upset friends, worried a shift in the delicate balance of my social life (the one that has me always catering to everyone else’s feelings) might be irreparable.

most important is how i’m seeing it affect my professional life. sitting back is for wussies and most of the time, i’m a big one. so this week is a reminder to stand up, take charge and go after what you want. sure, it’s a bit cheesy in a Cathy cartoon sort of way. but the cliched things are that way because they matter - to more that some of us. 

what also matters to me is that you read the roundup. so here you go:

TO READ:

  1. apparently, it’s the Muck Rack Daily that i’ve been writing since April. according to Mashable we’re one of 5 brands killing daily newsletters
  2. here’s the special edition Daily that we sent out on Election Night. yes, i was Diane Sawyer drunk while writing it
  3. not only did i find out that Amber Heard is not a lesbian anymore, but she’s also with Johnny Depp. and he wooed her for a MONTH! Refinery 29
  4. any overwhelmed journalist with an inbox  one will you, the trick is in the e-mail filters, MediaBistro
  5. Sandy was hard on the media - some journalists had to work in their underwear. photos c/o International Business Times
  6. congratulations to the NYTimes for keeping their subscriptions up! Poynter
  7. second congrats to The Atlantic, for knowing how to keep profits coming in the “internet age," MediaBistro
  8. our lifecasting has a new home - its own Instagram web profile! Venturebeat
  9. before he hosted SNL, Louis CK sent fans quite the lovely e-mail. where’s your note, Hathaway?! Huffington Post
  10. speaking of Sandy, how do we get back to normal? MediaBistro helps (and i did too in this awesome blog post i wrote before they did)
  11. pre-election night, Reuters told its employees how to tweet. suppose “booyah, in your face, suckas” didn’t make the list
  12. my friend and colleague Natan is still out of his apartment downtown. seriously?! Brick Underground
  13. Hollywood magazine doesn’t believe in a female James Bond
  14. Ryry seems to think RPats pooped his pants. agreed? BuzzFeed
  15. i like to think i know about weekly roundups (agreed). now Bullett is doing one too. and it ain’t bad

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. after watching a pretty terrible movie (“House of Pleasures” - skip it), i discovered The Mighty Hannibal. "The Right to Love You" is a brilliant song. 
  2. in fact, listen to the whole album

TO BUY ME:

  1. apparently no makeup is necessary when you look like Diane Kruger so throw mine away, Refinery29
  2. i guess none of the things Refinery 29 says make a “hipster apartment.” i only got 5/30 on this list - how about you?
  3. since this is turning into the Refinery hour, how about a drink at these ultra cool NYC bars they suggested?
  4. a ticket to the Whitney to see the "Dark and Deadpan" exhibit (h/t Hillary for pointing it out) 
  5. of the things i love in life, desserts and bourbon rank pretty high. now imagine bringing the two together, BuzzFeed
  6. for real, i would wear this leather sleeved military jacket everywhere, Boutique to you
  7. if you need earrings for holiday dressing, try these pretty vintage looking ones from Asos
  8. and yes, i will accept any one of the best hot cocoas in NYC, according to Scoutmob. preferably Grom. love that place!

(photo c/o RyRy via BuzzFeed)

articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 63

for the last few months, we haven’t talked about much else. so today, just go vote












TO READ:

  1. the Daily Mail confused my friend Emily for Zooey Deschanel. and it’s hilarious!
  2. VIBE magazine listed the sexiest Halloween parties. i only want to go where KimYe will be
  3. Black Book survived the hurricane much like the rest of us, with tv and cat photos
  4. a Bond girl wore some nice makeup and Glamour looked at it very closely
  5. the NY Times’ public editor chastises one of their own. apparently, betting on the election when you write for the Times is a no no 
  6. these poor horses were part of a drug cartel trade, Seattle Times
  7. why results make us feel psychic, NYTimes
  8. all those pictures we saw pre-hurricane? most of them weren’t real
  9. unfortunately, all the post-hurricane ones were real, BuzzFeed
  10. let’s learn about the portrait of madame x, one of my favorite paintings (and that time Nicole Kidman did it too)
  11. the first few days post Sandy was surprisingly newspaperless, Huffington Post
  12. Bullett on NOT VOGUE, the anonymous fashion critic. know anything about it?
  13. let’s all hate that comfortably smug bastard for lying to us in 140 characters, Buzzfeed
  14. hey dumbass, Al Gore was right all along!” or something like that, BusinessWeek

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. in the last roundup, i talked about my sadness about the war on women. here’s Tina Fey talking about the rape saga of the GOP at a fundraiser for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Business Insider
  2. if you still can’t get behind the election (time’s up), the Economist sums up the whole mess in 90 seconds. impressive

TO BUY ME:

  1. every time i want to buy a spa deal on some daily website, the reviews are abismal. this one at Serenity Spa ain’t so bad, Gilt City
  2. everyone looked amazing at the LACMA red carpet so i’ll take all of their dresses in my size please, Refinery 29
  3. last weekend, i realized my curling iron is 14 years old. Bella Sugar’s tips reminded me it’s time for a new one
  4. old navy’s rock star jeans really are super comfy. i’ve even flown in them. turns out, Blake Lively and Katie Holmes like them too, People Style Watch
  5. what i really want are the printed dot jeans from Old Navy
  6. Wyatt Cenac is performing at Littlefield on monday. if the subways can take us there, i say let’s go!
  7. photography wundercouple the Bergs stayed in this parisian flat. and who among us wouldn’t like a french getaway right now?
  8. really want to read Jami Attenberg’s new book (even though the launch party was pushed aside by one hurricane sandy)
  9. i have theater tickets, but perhaps you can go to the a reading of last year’s best short stories for me

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articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read this week: part 62

perhaps it’s the election season that raises tentions, or this time just brings out issues we’re always debating. but what is it about this current great lady debate? i was led to believe that a post-feminist society wouldn’t be about women being better than men or being just like men. i understood we’d all be accepted for our differences and embraced for the unique qualities they give us (and there’d be rainbows and puppies).

alas, it now seems like we’re still dealing with the same old crap: are girls funny? should we put women in binders? do ladies vote with their vaginas? and, of course, there’s all that talk about rape and babies and what exactly happens “with that whole thing" "down there.” it’s disappointing to say the least. and unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be ending

now that i’ve bummed us out while we’re all stuck inside waiting for this big big storm to hit, let’s take a break from the netflix queue and catch up on some great articles. 

mostly, i hope everyone is safe and sound once sandy passes.

TO READ:

  1. Bullett and Tavi on feminism and fashion. is she old enough for that kind of talk?
  2. this nice man wrote a nice thing about the Muck Rack Daily, which i write oh…every day. thanks Phillip!
  3. BuzzFeed gave me the most amazing thing i’ve read since the first time i encountered Jolie’s Ask a Clean Person
  4. Foster Kamer started blogging about media again and boy do i love his cattiness
  5. Harpers has a new website and it looks niiice
  6. CNN wrote a silly story and then took it back. not surprisingly, it’s about lady votes, Atlantic Wire
  7. did you know that Donald Trump doesn’t actually have a degree from Fordham?
  8. The Onion did not take kindly to Trump’s video last week
  9. exactly what we’d expect to happen in Williamsburg: there’s a camera taking pictures as people walk down the street, Daily Intel 
  10. what do we think of the white blogger who likes to wear an afro wig? The Cut
  11. Outside magazine writes a story i’ve had on the back burner since Christmas - the truth behind the Tough Mudder race

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. Joe Zee talks careers with MediaBistro. and that’s a man that has his shit together!
  2. i don’t care about CMJ until Bob Boilan has weighed in. and there’s some awesome picks this time around, All Songs
  3. Beckerman Blog covered the Margiela for H&M party. boy was it a fancy affair
  4. i was going to say “who keeps giving Donald Trump airtime,” but please note this latest rant is self-posted. he’s now just like every other crazy on YouTube
  5. some sorbet after the Trump, Heidi Klum’s last day of shooting Project Runway
  6. we should probably all watch "Le Smoking" because it seems properly fabulous, Vogue

TO BUY ME:

  1. i’ll take a print from West Third State. preferably the octopus
  2. i heard about LES vintage shot A Little Wicked this week. let’s take a trip there
  3. Jessica Biel’s wedding dress would also work well for doing the dishes, vacuuming, etc., People
  4. Zara now has a home collection and you can shop for it (for me) online
  5. i’ll take a plane ticket, one way, to Ikaria - the island where people forget to die, NYTimes

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articles i wanted, but didn’t get a chance, to read [last] week: part 61

the thing about the internet is that everything is so fleeting. one day, the tweets are trending and #lolz are coming in like it’s the first time anyone’s laughed via type. the next, we’ve all moved on to the newer fad.

last week, i learned the importance of being present and jumping on things while they’re hot when i interviewed dear friend Veronica about Binders Full of Women (above). she was very excited about her newfound fame but stayed grounded in the knowledge that we’d all forget about the binders following this week’s debate. the internet’s turnover is quick and it’s not particularly kind. but we can all learn to strike while the meme is hot.

here’s one more for good measure:

TO READ:

  1. some truly fantastic halloween costumes from BuzzFeed
  2. the NYTimes on how my alma mater Hofstra benefits from having held the debate two elections running
  3. Ann Coulter further proves she is the worst person in the world, Towleroad
  4. coming in at a close second is a man who pretended to be gay for a year, and “emerged with his faith strengthened,” Guardian. what the flip is wrong with people?!
  5. Alexa Chung gets snippy with Fashionista about her style idols and her weight
  6. did you hear the one about Paul Ryan washing clean dishes at a soup kitchen? turns out, that charity’s president is pretty peeved with him, Washington Post
  7. Refinery 29 on why Martha Raddatz really rocked the VP debate
  8. anatomy of a meme: first the tumblr debuted on Jezebel, then HuffPo defined the entire meme, then the Atlantic Wire declared binders the debate winner, and finally, Short Form Blog fact checked Mitten’s statement for us. shocker: he was off. and McKayla? she’s still not impressed
  9. here’s NPR on the binders
  10. The Week explains how the binders are causing fallout for Romney
  11. WSJ wrote about VERONICA and her binders fame
  12. CNN on the debate’s funniest tweets. make a bed with yourself on how many are binder-related
  13. my alma mater made me proud in several ways this week. here’s the silliest signs current Hofstra students held up. none quite beat “Chan we need” though, BuzzFeed
  14. and a piece in Thought Catalog about the debate from the students’ perspective
  15. Amy Odell, previously of The Cut, now of BuzzFeed, writes about going shopping with a personal stylist. now i want one too
  16. in case you wondered how to get a cake to bake flat
  17. a man from my home state has been sneaking dinosaur fossils into NYC. having now seen a one in NM, i don’t fault him - they really are cool, Star Tribune
  18. but seriously, can’t anyone else imagine Megan Fox as a mother? StyleCaster
  19. it may be time for midterms but it’s never too to transfer to Monsters University
  20. Amy Adams will be playing Janis Joplin. thought? Refinery 29
  21. let’s all go to our quiet place
  22. how does the NYTimes handle comments from all those overeducated, angry readers?
  23. and i learned who Kimbo Slice is
  24. on the Santos Party House and how it’s empty inside, Capital NY (h/t Sammie)
  25. did you know lobsters have clear blood?
  26. alma mater Hofstra made a Storify about the debate. so forward-thinking!
  27. JTimber is married to the girl from 7th Heaven. i guess good for them, People
  28. Pilot wrote another roundup on “30 Rock” for AV Club. yay again!

TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  1. a way cool time lapse video of the shuttle Endeavor passing through Los Angeles, LA Times
  2. the commercial for Glen Beck’s new brand of jeans. you’ll be sure it’s a parody, Atlantic
  3. here’s Veronica again on NPR talking about binders. Lisa Frank really should send her a gift basket
  4. NYMag put their very terrific Grub Street recommendations on YouTube #yummm
  5. yes, i’m still watching Very Mary Kate

TO BUY ME:

  1. i will happily accept an apartment in this new Herzog & de Meuron Tribeca tower
  2. Refinery 29 does a nice job showing you how to not look terrible in a suit
  3. a ticket to see the Diana Vreeland documentary, pleases
  4. i don’t have any tattoos but if i were to get any, i’d get this full sleeve, Jezebel
  5. here’s a very delicate and super sweet initial necklace i wouldn’t mind having
  6. how to easily bill people
  7. like Amy Odell, i’d like a stylist please, BuzzFeed
  8. everything Nate Berkus used in this office makeover, because he’s magic, The Vivant
  9. and Nate’s new book please
  10. this Rachel Roy dress is nice in an apron sort of way
  11. more of a buy yourself: you can make a book out of your Instagrams!

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