Here I am, back with a post that seems to have become a habit, albeit a sporadic one.
With the addition of a title inspired by Ms Vreeland herself, and an extension beyond my Instapaper archive, I offer thee a brief list of things to read, watch and listen to from your cocoon of comfort -- pre holiday-induced anxiety -- at home.
Consider your weekend sorted.
- "Cultural sharing is ancient. That the speed and relative borderlessness of the internet makes cross-platform, global dissemination seem like a consequence of tech is a convenient amnesia." How Corporations Profit From Black Teens' Viral Content.
- "Some argue that it wasn’t the 1940s references that outraged, but rather the blatant sexuality of the clothes, which evoked the memory of France’s ‘horizontal collaborators’: the women that slept with Nazis and were subsequently publicly shamed by having their heads shaved and paraded down the streets in their underwear."
- Selfie: the revolutionary potential of your own face, in seven chapters. Rachel Syme's piece for Matter made me cry on a train. It neatly sums up my own scattered thoughts on selfies, #nartcisissm and the like, and it's such a pleasure to actually read -- not your average #longread. File this under writing goals.
- Two words: Machete Order.
- Season 2 of Transparent. Do it for the cameos -- Petra Collins, Hari Nef, et al -- if not for the great writing and stellar main cast.
- Lee McQueen was the first designer I really obsessed over; I've made a habit of revisiting his past work whenever I'm feeling particularly uninspired. His Fall/Winter 1999 haute couture collection at Givenchy is really doing it for me at the moment.
- A Very Murray Christmas. Save this one for your post-Christmas dinner lie-down. Netflix and Chill in the purest sense.
- Serial is back, but you already knew that.
- Erykah Badu's 'But You Caint Use My Phone' mixtape. Just hit play and watch yourself morph into the most relaxed, easygoing version of yourself. Name your new alter ego if you so wish. (Side note: was 2015 the year of the phone? Looking at you, Drake and Adele.)
- Semi-oldie but a goodie, Willow's '3' is the perfect summer zen trio. Slow sway-dance optional.