- Photographer Brad Walls takes aerial pictures people engaging in sports, and they’re pretty cool. (Kottke)
- An amusing and smart popular cultural history of the archetypical Bennington girl. (Guernica)
- This video—by Texas death row inmate Quintin Jones—might make you cry. (NY Times)
- This history of diversity in the aviation industry is pretty fascinating. To wit: the first Black flight attendant was a Cameroonian princess. (Messy Nessy Chic)
- The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. (Vulture)
- I liked this interview with graphic novelist (and inventor of the Bechdel test), the great Alison Bechdel. (Vulture)
- This is awfully funny. (New Yorker)
- And this story—about the downfall of Soul Cycle—is fascinating. (Town & Country)
- Cool: the Royal Tennenbaums house is for rent. (Curbed)
- I love this photo essay on the lowriders of L.A. (The Guardian)
- “Expiration dating” is apparently a thing. (Vogue)
Dig the photos! thanks, Kim!
This essay made me acutely miss magazines—and, going way back, women’s mag editors like Amy Gross and Mary Cantwell. There was so much to read in them, not just look at, and quality writing like this was much less rare than it is today. Thanks, Jess (and Kurt Andersen!).
Sorry–that was supposed to be a reply to Jess. Need more coffee.
I consider Amy Gross to have been my mentor, Anne. Such an inspiring woman.
Last weekend Kurt Andersen recommended this knockout essay about caring for a “dementia-beset but not-totally-out-of-it mother” during Covid. So glad he did. https://joannegruber18.medium.com
thank you for that. I’m dealing with a parent’s dementia. I wish there was only forgetfulness. Dementia sometimes manifests in unreasonable anger and rage, which is hard not to react to. Anyway, thank you.
Such a moving essay. I lost my my on December 31. She had started cognitively declining at 90, and when my Dad died in late 2019 she fell off a cliff in terms of mental abilities. The pandemic and a hip fracture sealed the deal. The moment when the author remarked about her mom’s long greasy hair…I saw the same thing with my mom once. So hard to see them become someone they would never recognize. It’s helpful to read essays like this to connect with others with a shared type of experience.