Friday links

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  • These artworks inspired by the 1918 flu pandemic somehow inspire hope in me. (McSweeney’s)
  • How clever and cute is this felt pharmacy? (Colossal)
  • This rundown of the best podcasts of the year has some surprising omissions (no You’re Wrong About?!) but it’s still worth checking out. (New Yorker)
  • I’m definitively a dog person, but this video about why humans are obsessed with cats entertained and amused me. (New Yorker)
  • Various writers say farewell to New York City bars, clubs, restaurants, and other businesses that closed this year. (NY Mag)
  • Check out these kinetic sculptures powered by wind: mesmerizing. (Colossal)
  • I was so pleased to read this piece about Gen-Z activists fighting for abortion rights via Tik Tok. (NY Times)
  • All of Prince Charles’s most punchable moments in season four of The Crown. There certainly were rather a lot.
  • This will amuse anyone who hate-watched (but also maybe slightly enjoyed?) Emily in Paris. (New Yorker)
  • How the Sacklers—who played a key role in (and profited greatly from) getting millions of Americans addicted to Oxycontin—destroyed one family.  (Elle)
  • The racial reckoning inside Planned Parenthood. (Bazaar)

 

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    ramonaquimby
    13 Dec 2020
    10:45am

    I love all that the gen z-era are doing as activists! They inspire me. I find them much more open, aware, and involved then gen x was (speaking as an xennial here) but much of it—like much of their lives— takes place online for them as opposed to say marches.

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    Margaret
    11 Dec 2020
    2:37pm

    I was always a dog person too but the death of my little poodle this summer left me flattened. When looking for a place to donate his unopened kibble bags this summer–seeing them every day made me cry–I idly clicked on the “adoptables” button of the cat shelter affiliated with the pet food bank I’d found. I fell immediately in love with a picture of giant, floofy Maine Coon gentleman and became, all of a sudden, a crazy cat lady. I got him in September. If you think you are a dog person, it just might be that you are a Maine Coon Cat person as well.

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      Stephanie
      11 Dec 2020
      3:22pm

      My Maine Coon was a brilliant and charming life partner for 17 years. I’ve known and loved many cats — I swing both ways on the cat/dog binary — but he was one of the all-time greats.

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      Mary
      12 Dec 2020
      7:22am

      He sounds wonderful! I love all animals but currently have a beautiful dog – she breaks my heart.

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      themis
      11 Dec 2020
      7:38pm

      I also have a Maine Coon. He’s 13 and is showing signs of renal failure these days, but for most of the years I’ve had him, he’s met me at the door when I got home and we have a little conversation about how our days went. He waoows until I carry him around and jiggle him like a fussy baby a few times a day. I don’t mind, because he’s softer than a cashmere sweater. He sleeps in my armpit, holding on to my arm like I’m *his* teddy bear.
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      We have another Maine Coon mix who is mostly my husband’s, and a rescue senior Lab, so I’m a dog and cat person both, but this one, ah. He is most of my heart.

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        kimbersam
        11 Dec 2020
        8:11pm

        Tearing up at the memory of my favorite Maine Coon, Bhindi, Dowager Marquess of Bhoo. She was smart, sassy, opinionated, fluffy and I loved her more than I loved most people.

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          Margaret
          11 Dec 2020
          9:53pm

          My fella’s name is Charles. He is too dignified for a diminutive. I am so smitten have probably spent $100 so far on cat toys but his favorite things are a yard of grosgrain ribbon and a bottle cap from a diet Dr. Pepper.

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    nadine
    11 Dec 2020
    6:43pm

    The felt pharmacy reminded me of an article from the guardian from a while ago: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/apr/29/are-the-hyper-specialist-shops-of-berlin-the-future-of-retail There is an anecdote about a client request to a textile butcher shop that makes me laugh every time I think about it.

    Anyway I love the entire selection of links!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Kim
    11 Dec 2020
    4:47pm

    That felt pharmacy!!! Shared that link with my 15-yo daughter. She loved it.

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    y.k.
    11 Dec 2020
    9:09am

    I agree- the You’re Wrong About podcast should be on that list. Their discussion of The Stepford Wives prompted me to rewatch that movie- worth it.
    I love that felt pharmacy. Felt brings me right back to elementary school art class.

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      Liz
      11 Dec 2020
      10:37am

      My sister keeps telling me I have to listen to this podcast and The Stepford Wives is one of my favorite movies (and books), so I’ll have to check it out.

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      Carrie P
      12 Dec 2020
      1:51pm

      I loved the Tonya Harding one so I need to listen to more. Coincidentally there’s a fantastic song about her by Sufjan Stevens that for some reason I listen to often on my waterproof baby boom (life changer!) in the shower. I belt out many of the lyrics and find it quite soothing. Lol. Here is the song if anyone has interest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUvVjWR3zTQ

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    cw
    11 Dec 2020
    9:59am

    Always look forward to these links. Really and truly gets me through the weekend.

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    Hanna
    11 Dec 2020
    11:48am

    Thanks for these lists! omg Emily in Paris. Dying.

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      Viajera
      11 Dec 2020
      4:16pm

      See, I haven’t finished watching it yet so I didn’t want to click yet. I am saving it for later. I am an unabashed Emily-enjoyer. There are outfits. Frankly I don’t see much eyecandy lately.

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        Jax
        12 Dec 2020
        3:57am

        Me too! Esp Lucas Bravo. I know it’s not even a tad realistic, but I don’t care. Lily Collins is charming.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    11 Dec 2020
    12:29pm

    I’m a big time cat person and I love thinking that my ginger cat, Gabe is Nordic just like me!

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    HickfromStyx
    11 Dec 2020
    1:11pm

    The alternate reality David Lynch version of Emily in Paris really should include her boyfriend “Jacques”, from “What Did Jack Do”? I suggest that they order ” un café”, half an hour ago. Then something about a hen.

    The episodes should be 17 minutes long, but feel like a time warp. Now that’s something I’d watch, right through to the end.

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    Jackie
    11 Dec 2020
    1:11pm

    I hope the person who wrote the Sackler article writes a book. She is a brave and gifted storyteller.

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      LC
      11 Dec 2020
      5:51pm

      I had tears in my eyes reading the Elle article on the Sacklers. As a child of an addict (different drug of choice though), I see a lot of the same dynamics play out in our family.

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