“How do you erase a stereotype? You confront it, and force others to confront their own preconceptions about it, and then you own it. And in doing so you denude it of its power.” Vanessa Friedman on ‘girlie’ dressing.
The disconnect between art and life has never been more evident in the portrayal of Japanese Edo-period courtesans.
All my cool friends have been reading Renata Adler and I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out.
“We went there for the bass, and the trance state resulting from hours of dancing to riddim that stretched forever, the groove a fabric of stacked beats fractally splitting into halves of halves of halves of halves, a tree that spread its branches through the body, setting the governor beat in the torso and shaking its tributaries outward and down through shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, feet so that you couldn’t stop except when you collapsed.” Proustian ruminations on reggae by Luc Sante.
Nine episodes of the X-Files that you have to watch.
Horrible shit happens when you’re a full-time writer.
Good question: Why don’t more women run away to the woods?
All the different ways to be trolled by a misogynist. Great.