Friday links


  • A short but highly edifying film about pioneering artist Hilma af Klint, who had an an amazing show at the Guggenheim a few years back, and who would likely have been known—had she not kept her work secret— as the mother of abstract art.
  • Seven great new audiobooks to enjoy right now.
  • And relatedly, here is Barack Obama’s summer reading list.
  • Lame. (The Cut)
  • May I suggest that, if you haven’t already, you tune in to this week’s episode of Everything is Fine, in which Jenn and I shoot the shit about our being “oldfluencers”; MTV reality stars turned shamen; how your ambition changes when you get older, and so very much more. Listen in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.
  • I adore this footage of PJ Harvey and Bjork performing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” at an awards show in 1994.
  • And I really really dig this gorgeous new animated video for the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song “Our House” by artist Jeff Scher. (YouTube)
  • 25 intriguing ways to make NYC a better place, post-pandemic. (Curbed)
  • A deep dive into 60s psychedelic elevator music, which who even knew existed? (Dangerous Minds)
  • I enjoyed the Fug Girls weighing in on the outfits in the Sex and the City reboot that’s been shooting around Manhattan. (Go Fug Yourself)
  • “Are You A Bezos?”  This hilarious piece was written by Nora Ephron’s son, and you can really hear her voice in it. (NY Times)

Friday links


  • I love these faux retro movie posters by artist Patrick Concepcion. (Kottke)
  • Check out this awesome footage of  a 1979 Blondie show in Asbury Park, N.J. (Open Culture)
  • Was anything cuter this past week than the moment young Zalia Avant-garde won the Scripps National Spelling Bee? She is the first Black American ever to do so. (NY Times)
  • Sometimes Brooklyn is so Brooklyn. I truly thought this was an Onion headline when I saw it. (Curbed)
  • And relatedly—ugh, sometimes my home state really bums me out. (Elle)
  • I made this simple and delicious recipe the other day—it’s a perfect summer pasta. (NY Times)
  • The story of this cool abandoned hiking lodge in Spain designed by famed architect Gaudi is pretty fascinating. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • I hope you’ve listened to this week’s episode of Everything is Fine, in which our guest is the amazing Marlo Thomas, because it’s a good one. Also, we’ve started a book club! The first one up is the tremendously good Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford, who will be appearing on the show and taking questions some time in August. (Apple Podcasts)
  • And speaking of Everything is Fine, former guest Danielle Henderson’s essay on the freedom—and neglect—of coming of age in the 80s is just stupendous. It’s an excerpt from her new memoir The Ugly Cry, which is at the top of my to-read list. (The Cut)


Friday links




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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