Friday links


  • Have a safe and fun holiday weekend, everyone; see you back here Tuesday the 5th. Meanwhile, check out these photos of extinct and endangered insects, by photographer Leon Biss. (Colossal)
  • A fun chat about go-to summer recipes. (Go Fug Yourself)
  • Amusing: the least historically accurate music biopics. (Vulture)
  • Fascinating: a history of New York’s mysterious and fancy Olympic Tower. (Curbed)
  • We’ve got an amusing episode of Everything is Fine for you this week, so be sure to check that out, and also! Jenn and I did an AMA this week that you can see here. (Apple Podcasts, TueNight)
  • This is handy: how to find a financial advisor. (The Cut)
  • Growing up trans in Texas. (Vogue)
  • I enjoyed this piece about how and why fashion is awful right now. (Atlantic via Go Fug Yourself)
  • The great Susan Orlean weighs in on the life of Hawaiian Tropic mogul Ron Rice. (New Yorker)
  • A great obit of burlesque queen Betty Rowland. (NY Times)


A treasury of black summer dresses


Apologies for the absence of posts this week: I had an outpatient procedure Tuesday morning from which I thought I’d bounce right back, but it took a lot more out of me than I anticipated. Meanwhile, I thought I’d do a post on dresses in the hue I still wear more than any other, no matter the season. I just make certain to choose pieces that aren’t too form-fitting, in fabrics that breathe. I have wanted this pretty dress for some time now: it’s nicely feminine, but steers clear of being prissy.

A nifty shirt dress with a utilitarian vibe.

I dig the empire waist here.

A tiered dress with a lovely deep neckline.

This A-line dress from Cos is both polished-looking and easy.

A cool seersucker number with an extra-flowy cut.

I own and love this ruched dress from Veronica Beard, which is now offered in sizes up to 24.


This week on Everything is Fine


We recorded this episode before Friday’s hideous Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision, but still discuss just how regressive this summer already felt — from the threat of nuclear war/fighting Russia to the abortion rights rollback; from Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s reunion to the overwhelming success of Top Gun2—what decade is it even? Where are we? Does time have meaning? Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts (something is up with our Stitcher account at the moment but we’re looking into it). Also! Jenn and I recorded a pretty fun mini episode on our Patreon on Friday to cheer ourselves up, and if you want to support the show and enjoy fun extras, you might want to consider signing up for it.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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