Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Wednesday links

debbie chris stein

  • Any excuse to run old pictures of Debbie Harry is all right by me. (Smithsonian)
  • Quiz time! On the occasion of its recent series finale, test your knowledge of 50 True Blood characters. (Vulture)
  • It’s your cute dog video of the day. (Laughing Squid)
  • A (deeply esoteric) state-by-state guide to the most frequently-purchased items on eBay. (Business Insider)
  • A poignant and wry goodbye-to-all-that to Manhattan’s Rizzoli Bookstore. (New Yorker)
Posted on August 27th, 2014 8 Comments

Monday links

Anthony Dihle, artist.


  • The fascinatingly cluttered desks of various art world figures. (Slate)
  • The VMAs were on MTV last night, and the red carpet was equal parts delight and a spectacle, per usual. (The Cut)
  • And continuing on the awards show theme: The Emmys are tonight: get in the mood by watching a bunch of nominees in 25 of the year’s best TV scenes.(EW)
  • A landlord in England was fined for renting out an apartment that was accessible only by crawling. (Time)
  • A rundown of really rather rather esoteric scholarships: like for instance the one from Loyola University Chicago  for Catholics with the last name Zolp. (Mental Floss)


Posted on August 25th, 2014 1 Comment

Friday links


  • This woman made bento lunches for her children representing all 47 of Japan’s prefectures, and they are genius. (Laughing Squid)
  • A fun little slideshow depicting 48 reasons why it’s a great time to be a woman on television. (Vanity Fair)
  • Tips for enjoying that epic Simpsons marathon—they’re airing every one of the program’s over 550-episodes— going on right now on FXX. (Vulture)
  • And while we’re at it: a rundown of the best guest stars ever to lend their voices to the show. (Time)
  • I have said this forever. (The Science of Us)
Posted on August 22nd, 2014 1 Comment

Wednesday links


  • Rather stunning photos of fireworks. (New Yorker)
  • Now this is the kind of lady I like to see on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Jezebel)
  • Genius comeback of the day.  (Slate)
  • The Foo Fighters just raised the bar on this whole ALS ice bucket challenge business with a pretty clever Carrie tribute. (Time)
  • I think any one of us could have told the NFL in advance just exactly how well their suggestion that artists pay to perform at the Superbowl was going to go over. (Atlantic Wire)



Posted on August 20th, 2014 2 Comments

Tuesday links

marilyn look

  • Fun pictures of glamorous, long-gone famous people from the late, great Look Magazine. (The Cut)
  • This mashup of Sid and Nancy and Growing Pains is on the amusing side. (Dangerous Minds)
  • 25 authors who published great books before they were 25. 25! (Flavorwire)
  • Check out the floor plans for these unbelievably luxe pre-WWI Manhattan apartment buildings and die just a tiny bit inside.
  • Somebody ranked all 20 seasons of America’s Next Top Model. (Atlantic Wire)
Posted on August 19th, 2014 2 Comments

Monday links

writing studios

  • Truly heavenly writing studios—any one of which I would be quite pleased to inhabit. (Flavorwire)
  • Oops. (A.V. Club)
  • Here we have the story of one Mo’ne Davis, the awesome 13 year-old girl who has not just held her own in—but positively dominated—the Little League World Series. (NY Times)
  • Nora Ephron, quote-meister. (Mental Floss)
  • Underwater crochet, but of course. (Laughing Squid)


Posted on August 18th, 2014 3 Comments

Thursday links

cocaine intelligence

  •  The DEA likes to get creative with their patches. (Laughing Squid)
  • Gender stereotypes, blown: the highest honor in mathematics has, for the first time, gone to a woman. (Kottke)
  • That new car smell and other scents that are slowly disappearing. (Mental Floss)
  • This Muppets/ Beastie Boys mashup might add a little delight to your morning, if you are at all Beastie Boyish-ly inclined. (Time)
  • Turns out our brains are hard-wired to love the pop songs of our adolescence forever. (Slate)
Posted on August 14th, 2014 3 Comments

Wednesday links

paper dolls

  • Old movie stills, new fall fashion: a little bit genius, a little bit sacrilege. (New York)
  • This makes me sad but is also quite interesting: Jon Stewart and Robin Williams talking soberiety on The Daily Show. (EW)
  • Huh. (Huffpo)
  • Come proudly out of your closets, fans of The Carpenters—this one’s for you. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Pussy Riot is going to be on House of Cards, which is kind of a pip. (AV Club)





Posted on August 13th, 2014 6 Comments

Tuesday links

isle of introverts

  • I love this. (Fast Company)
  • Really scary medical treatments from the turn of the last century. (Mental Floss)
  • Things that make you wonder what year it is, Part I. (AV Club)
  • Things that make you wonder what year it is, Part II. (Jezebel)
  • And finally: an especially sad RIP for Robin Williams. Suicide is never the solution, people. Not ever, and not for a second. (NY Times)
Posted on August 12th, 2014 17 Comments

Friday links

soviet textiles2

  • Of course I am flipping out over these amazing Soviet textiles. (Dangerous Minds)
  • An amusing roundup of the 25 best characters on TV right now. (EW)
  • This university president cut his own salary so that other campus employees could make a living wage, which is pretty cool. (Time)
  • Larry David is headed to the great white way.
  • And here I am, holding forth—pretty confessionally for me—on turning 50. (Today)


Posted on August 8th, 2014 38 Comments