Friday links



  • Well ladies, I’m out of here for the holidays—expect me back on Monday, January 3. The podcast is taking a little break too, and will also be back on the 3rd, with an episode and guest Jenn and I both really love. As I say every year, if the holidays are your jam, I hope they’re excellent. And if this time of year is tough for you, I hope it passes quickly and painlessly. Now, on to the links, starting with this piece about mod designer Rudi Gernreich. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • These pictures of birds by photographer Tim Flach are just remarkable. (Kottke)
  • Lessons in productivity and brainstorming, from The Beatles. (Flux)
  • The influential feminist writer bell hooks died last week—here is an appreciation of her work. (Elle)
  • I don’t think Jenn and I have ever cracked each other up as much as we did on this week’s episode of Everything is Fine. Do tune in if you need a laugh. (Apple Podcasts)
  • How and where to donate to an abortion fund. (The Cut)
  • The Betty White Timeline of Human History: amusing. (Kottke)
  • The best TV of the year. (Vulture)
  • And here are the best cookbooks of 2021. (New Yorker)
  • The always-awesome Fug girls are recapping the Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That, and I’m there for it. (Go Fug Yourself)
  • I love a royal memoir, and here’s a rundown of the best ones to read right now. (Town & Country)

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5 Thoughts on Friday links
    24 Dec 2021

    I often wonder what designers like Gernreich could’ve done with the textile fabrications we have today. The 60s designers who played with form and draping so much–I think they would love to have had lycra and the more refined rayons in their toolkits. Even the plastics we have now are so much easier to manipulate.

    Anyway: thanks for the link! I know I’ll enjoy it.


    24 Dec 2021

    I’m not big on Christmas celebrations, but this is a good time of year to express gratitude for people who have influenced me in a positive direction, and that includes you, Kim.  We don’t know each other and will probably never meet in person, but I’m on a wellness path that requires encouragement, and perfect strangers can fit the bill quite nicely.  Happy holidays to you and all the GOACA commenters — you all seem like really good women.  XOXOX -Dawn


    24 Dec 2021

    bell hooks and Sallie McFague were my most checked out authors from the university library. If a young person asks for gift giving ideas (holidays or any other occasion), why not request as a gift that the young person read your favorite bell hooks’ work (or the work of any of the amazing writers who have recently died) and then share their impressions of it with you? It really is a gift getting to witness someone experiencing a masterpiece. Plus, it seems like a good way to honor bell hooks. On a seasonal note, however close to peace you can get at this time of year, I wish it for all of y’all.


    24 Dec 2021

    Have a relaxing break, Kim! Stay safe everyone! Fa la la la la etc.


    25 Dec 2021

    Merry Christmas and thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, humor, and creativity.



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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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