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    Viajera
    8 May 2020
    3:56pm

    Thank you, Kim, the 70s photos were great. People didn’t know then that we were killing the Holocene (which I still hope we save … but that is too scary to talk about now) with all the driving. And I think people often looked better then than we do now, in terms of style. … Also bummed out about all these bankruptcies. Hmm, I may be the only one here who remembers Steve & Barry? They got eaten by the last recession. I think just a short-term or revolving credit issue? I may be misremembering tho. That can happen to any company, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t well-run. … Meanwhile … okay, this is also a bit of a downer, but, we should all be rallying, virtually or distanced or howeverso … to push emergency leg to stay/forbear/pause people’s rents and mortgages. Out here in Cali, some people are trying to make it so that people will end up with a rent debt. Which is, I can’t even think of a word that is bad enough to describe what a huge mistake that would be. I would need to be a sailor. I mean mortgage debt is bad too but at least you get the equity. As a society, we are not where we need to be. There is no way I can think of for renters to ever pay that money back. They were ordered to stay home, it is simply not fair.

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      Viajera
      8 May 2020
      3:58pm

      No, on second though, I bet other people went to Steve & Barrys. I still have some of the pants, and my pickiest friend actually likes them. I still wish I had bought a pair of those starberrys. But I did not.

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    Rae Rae
    9 May 2020
    10:44am

    These links are great, thank you, Kim. Watching the SGN piece was an especially good way to start my Saturday.

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    CallmeHal2000
    8 May 2020
    1:13pm

    Remember American Graffiti, the movie?

    On summer nights where I live, a drive-thru burger chain celebrates cruising once a week, but really it’s just restored vintage cars parked in the parking lot. People come to mix and mingle. There’s a lot of grey hair. Fun, nonetheless.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    8 May 2020
    1:14pm

    One of my favorite art books is Power Up–Female Pop Art. So, thank you for the feminist poster link. I know I’ll enjoy it (and the other links) this weekend.

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    CallmeHal2000
    8 May 2020
    1:19pm

    Now JC Penney is also considering filing for bankruptcy protection. The fashion retail sector was in a rough patch before, but with Covid closures, it’s really rough sailing. Many will be gone before long.

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      Stephanie
      8 May 2020
      4:46pm

      Our local Nordstrom is closing. This is terrible. The next closest one is over an hour away.

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    Tahe Z
    8 May 2020
    12:49pm

    My bestie and I have many of the same items from J. Crew, even from before we knew each other. Sometimes we would show up to a party or meet up for coffee or a walk wearing the same thing, not realizing the other had purchased it. Every once in awhile we would turn it into a joke and go out as twins. We both are tall with dark eyes and dark curly hair so doing the twin thing was easy. When our local shop was closing a few weeks before Covid-19 was even mentioned, we raided and mourned. We both had a feeling something was “afoot” when they discontinued our favorite CeCe flat a few years ago and stopping making footwear in Italy. When I was on their website a week ago to use a coupon, I was just so disappointed by how generic it was. Like bots were running it and not people.

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    47
    8 May 2020
    2:30pm

    Hi, it’s there a Zoom call today? I do hope so, they’re really helping!

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    Adrienne
    8 May 2020
    11:22am

    I couldn’t wait to watch Becoming and it didn’t disappoint. I loved Michelle before, but now I’m even more convinced of her value to girls and women. And the genuine love and compassion that comes across in her demeanor is so inspiring. Thanks for the links – always something of value, Kim.

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    Candy
    8 May 2020
    11:11am

    TGIF because it’s Links Day! Terrific selection as always. Thanks for the Michelle Obama doc link. Loved the video of the Pacific Crest Trail — so relaxing, although I kept picturing Cheryl Strayed and all of her travails in “Wild.”

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    kimberly
    8 May 2020
    10:23am

    Some of the scenes of Dazed and Confused could be taken directly from those Van Nuys pictures!

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    mlimky
    8 May 2020
    7:30pm

    Ladies, CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOLDERS if you get Universal Standard emails. I just got a code for a FREE Geneva dress for $15 shipping. 10,000 limit.

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      mlinky
      9 May 2020
      1:55pm

      Too late now, except you can get $50 off and free shipping:

      GENEVA DRESSES
      Wow, moms! We’re so amazed at the overwhelming response to our Geneva giveaway, and beyond excited to announce that we’ve already gifted over 10,000 dresses to some very deserving moms.

      We had to close the giveaway period sooner than expected, but we really don’t want anyone to walk away empty-handed, so we’d love to give you $50 towards the Geneva dress (that’s over 40% off & shipping will be free).

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    Krista
    8 May 2020
    9:10am

    I didn’t realize how much I missed your “links” posts until you started them again! I have been exposed to so much good stuff through these! A GREAT time in our collective lives to have them back again!

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    c.w.
    8 May 2020
    8:59am

    As always I do love The Links! Neiman Marcus has also filed for bankruptcy. My mother gave me a Neiman’s credit card when they were first issued it was, in her words, “for emergencies!” I never used it. And even though I’m a Texas girl/lady/female/woman, I have never purchased anything from Neiman Marcus. I have purchased a number of WONDERFUL things from Last Call––a store I will miss terribly. Truly the end of an era for me. Echoing LisaC…have a great weekend y’all!

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    LisaC
    8 May 2020
    8:02am

    Love these links, Kim! The Val Kilmer piece is definitely worth the read (as well as anything that Taffy Brodesser-Akner writes). Thanks for the heads up on the Michelle Obama documentary. It’s sad about JCrew but the pandemic only accelerated what was happening anyway. Some of my favorite pieces over the years (the perfect white jean, affordable cashmere, preppy blazers) are JCrew and I hope they find the formula that will allow them to survive. I look at these PE firms loading companies with debt and shudder. Have a good weekend, all!

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      Lucille B.
      8 May 2020
      11:25am

      Have you read Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s novel? I looked her up after the Val Kilmer piece and was very tempted by it.

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        Jax
        8 May 2020
        3:25pm

        I liked it! It wasn’t perfect, but I liked all of it, esp the last third. It’s such a great Rashoman-style presentation of 2 different sides of a marriage.
        Eager to see what she comes up with next.

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        Rae
        8 May 2020
        5:55pm

        I came to the comments to see if anyone was discussing her novel. I adore her journalism and seek out her articles so I was very excited for her novel. It really fell flat for me and lacked the charm that seems to be in every other piece of writing she puts out. Maybe she just needed to get her first novel out of the way for future brilliance?

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          Liz
          11 May 2020
          8:41am

          That’s how I felt, too, Rae. I kind of hated all the characters while also finding them poorly developed stereotypes, so it was actually sort of painful to get through. I love her interviews, though.

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        Eloise
        8 May 2020
        12:15pm

        The first two-thirds was amazing but the last third REALLY dragged and the ending fell flat.

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          Jenny
          8 May 2020
          1:31pm

          I hated it. That’s a strongly held but minority and controversial opinion.

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        The Prof
        8 May 2020
        10:52pm

        Yes it’s tremendous.

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        y.k.
        9 May 2020
        12:28am

        i love her profiles, couldn’t read beyond the first third of her novel- i thought it was so boring.
        someone said that the job of Art is to be divisive.

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