Saturday 20th December 2014
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Friday links

best book cover

  • The best book covers of 2014. (Kottke)
  • If you haven’t yet viewed the big celebrity sendoff/sing-off from Colbert’s final episode last night, by all means do. (Mother Jones)
  • And here’s a fun little mashup of every time over the course of the show’s 9-year run Mr. Colbert broke character and got the giggles. (Comedy Central)
  • Who delivered some of this year’s most memorable soundbites? A quiz. (Atlantic Wire)
  • Sarah Silverman will have her own HBO show. (A.V. Club)


Object lesson: The tuxedo jacket


I rarely write about Kate Moss: her life choices bring out the mumsy pearl-clutcher in me; I loathe the way our culture can fetishize certain “wasted” glamorous women, like her and, say, Edie Sedgwick. But the woman can can certainly nail a look, and currently, I stand in awe of her mastery of the tuxedo jacket.

kate shawl collar

She has many, and wears them to  varied effect, but almost invariably with all black, which of course I love.

kate tuxedo

Ms. Moss—who just turned 40—hasn’t abandoned her leather jackets and I can’t imagine she ever will. But I feel like her increasing reliance on this more polished menswear piece is evidence that she’s paying attention to matters like growing up her look just a touch. Which makes her like one of us in a way I find quite winning.

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Here are a few jackets that remind me of her best ones. First up: Nothing beats a nice, sharp peak lapel in my book.



leather lapel takes things in a rock and roll direction.

topshop shawl collar

This oversize, low shawl collar version is the perfect butt-covering option for skinny jeans.




Monday links

I was hired by Nippon Phonogram Records in Japan to do this sess

  • These pictures of 70s LA celebrity culture are incredibly evocative. (Slate)
  • And—not entirely unrelatedly—here’s a rundown of the best movies ever set in LA. (Flavorwire)
  • I want to visit (almost) every single one of these secret rooms and collections in public museums. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Some scientists named a new species of snail after after Joe Strummer. (A.V. Club)
  • The most charming fashion story I’ve seen in a while: just a bunch of women in lipstick and turtlenecks. (NY Mag)

Give art for the holidays, receive a lovely (exclusive!) discount


framed red plastic

I love 20×200 for rendering the scary, intimidating art world accessible and fun with their reasonably-priced limited edition prints. And I’m an even bigger fan of 20×200 founder and CEO (and GOACA regular) Jen Bekman, who has—awesomely, and so in the spirit of the season—extended 15% off purchases of $60 or more exclusively to all of you. There is an enormous quantity of good stuff to choose from. So selfishly, because I think she has great taste and I only want to copy her, I asked Jen to pick some favorites.

Red Plastic Plates by Ann Toebbe  (above) “I am absolutely crazy about Ann’s work. Her style is distinctive, intelligent, and accomplished, and her subject matter (home, memory, family and all the conflicted feelings related to those things) really resonates with me. Her original pieces are just incredible, and I’m still kicking myself for not purchasing one back when they were still affordable. I love all of her editions, but Red Plastic Plates is the very first one we released with her, so it’s a sentimental favorite.”


tower framed

Eiffel Tower (vintage edition) “One of the dreamiest parts of my dream job? Attending Paris Photo every November. This year’s sojourn was particularly sublime, with lots of long walks to take in its gorgeous parks and monuments. I never once got this close to the Eiffel Tower,  but this is still a great reminder of my second-favorite city.”


framed bell

Arthur’s Seat by Laura Bell “Laura’s work is so romantic and mysterious, I can’t help but start making up stories every time I see one of her photos. The craggy coast of Arthur’s Seat is made that much more intriguing by its circular framing. Is it a portal into another place and time? Are you scouring the coastline for a mysterious figure that’s hidden by the cinematic mist? Your own tale will probably be different, which is exactly the point: to weave one’s own stories into the art you live with is to make it uniquely your own.”


This offer is good until the end of the month, but if you want your print by Christmas, you must order by midnight Wednesday. 





What’s the worst gift you ever received?

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A bag of Bean Cuisine soup mix, given to me by my first office crush—who clearly did not reciprocate—in 1989.

Friday links

scale xmas

  • Old Christmas ads so sexist that it’s seriously kind of hard to laugh at them even now. (Visual News)
  • This piece comparing and contrasting the dog culture in New York and LA is just silly good fun. (The Awl)
  • Huh. (Time)
  • It’s so for real now: Letterman officially ends May 20. Colbert, meanwhile, won’t start until late August or early September. (A.V. Club)
  • Turns out it’s not an urban legend that UPS drivers aren’t allowed to turn left.  (Mental Floss)

Print of the week

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If this happy yellow pattern came in wallpaper, I’m a little afraid of what I might do.

A few things I bought, a few that I want — all on sale

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First: what I bought, starting with this streamlined, slightly asymmetrical, altogether fantastic grandpa cardigan. It is so out of my playbook—and works equally well for lounging about as it does out in the world.

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R-13’s tees are not cheap even on sale, but I love the enduringly punk rock spirit of a black-and-white stripe, and a good one is not the easiest thing to find. (And OK, I also bought the short-sleeve version—which has wider stripes, is 10% cashmere, and is also on sale. They look super-cute layered.)

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This Isabel Marant blazer is only one of the most perfect reds I have ever seen.

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Now for what I’d like to buy, starting with this blue-on-blue leopard print coat from Band of Outsiders (here’s something similar—and somewhat less pricey—in a peacoat from Rebecca Taylor).

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The excruciatingly pointy toe on this Saint Laurent Chelsea boot slays me. (This Vince boot is similar, cheaper).

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I’ve been a fan of Proenza Schouler’s Fall collection; in particular their Baja print, which has appeared on dresses, jackets, and multiple bags—all of the wicked expensive variety. I could justify this little clutch though. (FYI—I’ve seen a lot of Proenza bags on sale this season, and as far as I can tell, the prices are best on the Proenza site. They’re still serious investments, but pretty ones).

Wednesday links

lady arm wrestling

  • A glimpse into the world of lady arm wrestling. (Slate)
  • I found this rundown of the 50 best places to work in America pretty interesting. (Time)
  • Not unrelatedly, Abercrombie CEO and infamous mean boss has suddenly and abruptly “retired,” causing the company’s stock to shoot up.  (Jezebel)
  • Bob Dylan is recording an album of Sinatra songs. (A.V. Club)
  • Just a dog being awesome. (Laughing Squid)

Under $150 Gifts for Guys

gifts-for-guys1. Alexander Mcqueen cufflinks 2. Suede Vans 3. Billykirk key chain 4. Dog lead 5. Timex watch 6. Paul Smith socks  7. J Crew tie 8. Leather driving gloves 9. Table clock