Great fashion writing doesn’t reduce everything to what is for sale, what’s hot and not. Great fashion writing looks at clothing and the uses of clothing with the same amount of cultural reverence we give a Lars von Trier movie or the U.S. Open, as something that exists, and it asks why it exists, and how it fits into its larger culture.
— Haley Mlotek, On Lena, On Rihanna, On Kimye: The Very Necessary Death Of “Vogue” (March 24th, 2014)
I pledge allegiance to my mother
and all the women of color
whose labor maintains this fascist regime
for which it stands,
one spirit, under Capitalism, indivisible
with denial and blood for all.
Take off your shoes.
Take off your respectability
Finding people who practice decolonial love is as hard inside of a vast movement as it is outside. The actual standard of decolonial love—how little discussed, how little understood—and yet in many ways is the great test of who we are and of our praxis and of our communal praxis. So, you know, we’ll see. Y’all clap, but it comes time to dance, y’all be pushing up on the cute motherfuckers, you will.
— Junot Diaz
Outside views are often badges of seniority or achievement in the work world… But new evidence suggests employers should look at daylight exposure less as a mark of accomplishment and more as a matter of public health. So says an interdisciplinary team of architects and medical researchers that recently conducted a small case study comparing people exposed to natural light at their jobs with those who aren’t. The window workers scored better on common self-report health and sleep surveys; they also slept 46 minutes more a night, on average, as measured by a sleep monitor.
Researchers find that windowless offices make workers lose sleep at night – which makes sense given how important daylight exposure is to regulating our internal clocks.
Ongoing coverage of sleep here.
Trying soak up the summer white before labor day ya feel me?
J. Lo always killin it
Part of the problem, I think, is that we just don’t a large vocabulary for evaluating women other than to say they are sexually attractive or slutty or have a cool boyfriend.
— Yes, this is from an article about T Swift. Go girl
Where and when do you do your writing? Any small room with no natural light will do.
Read this to your best friend when at the beach.
ETEL ADNAN: ON LOVE AND THE COST
WE ARE NOT WILLING TO PAY TODAY
The work of Charlie Anthony Ellis
But change comes slowly. One day, Mendelsund predicts, there will be a best-selling novel by an African writer that happens to use a different visual aesthetic, and its success will introduce a new set of arbitrary images to represent Africa in Western eyes. “But right now, we’re in the age of the tree,” he says. “For that vast continent, in all its diversity, you get that one fucking tree.”