For Your Consideration: Frida Kahlo, Fake News, Flowers, and more.
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” —Socrates
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Earlier today, a friend of mine asked me what my schedule is like lately. Unable to voice just how jam-packed my planner is for the foreseeable future, I simply chuckled nervously. “Can I get back to you on that?” I countered.
As a result of my newly crammed calendar, I’ve been thinking a lot about the above Socrates quote—things like, Did Socrates *actually* say that? and Socrates needs to mind his business, I’m trying my best here. As a freelancer, how does one free up one’s schedule without lightening one’s payday? How do I balance my obligations to my work, my family, my friends, and myself?
The links below contain no answers to these questions, but they’ve served as much-needed mental detours for yours truly these past few weeks. I hope you’ll allow yourself a bit of time to enjoy them, too.
- Eve Babitz Is Better Than Ever—Just Ask Her Longtime Agent, Erica Spellman Silverman(Vanity Fair)
If you’ve wandered into a bookstore recently, you know that Eve Babitz is having a moment. Here, friend of Novella Olivia Aylmer writes about the author’s growing popularity and the possibility of new work (!) on the horizon.
- Frida Kahlo, All the Cool Girls, and Me (Racked)
“Associating with Kahlo may be trendy for white women, but there’s little I can do to make other people forget about my Mexicanness, my own relationship to the painter and our home and its people and history.”
- Fact-Checking the Entire Internet (Damn Joan)
I remember turning to Snopes.com as a youngster to verify whether or not the Coca-Cola logo was actually meant to resemble someone sniffing a line of cocaine. Now it’s 2018, everything is topsy-turvy, and Snopes is out here separating the fake from the news.
- Writing a Feminist Novel With a Man’s Point of View (The Atlantic)
Just finished reading Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage, a novel told from three nuanced, overlapping, often maddening points of view. Here, Jones shares how Toni Morrison inspired her to tackle a female experience through a man’s eyes.
- To The Woman on the Park Bench (Off Assignment)
“The poetry scholarship was for tuition and not living expenses—certainly not your mother’s living expenses. Who would support her? No one, that’s who. You wrote Auden a letter and thanked him, but turned the offer down.”
- All the Single Ladies (The New York Times)
Read this as homework for an essay workshop I recently enrolled in, and by the time I got to the “flat sack of impending floral decay,” I was openly chortling on the train.
- I’m $10,000 Richer Thanks to My ‘Whisper Network’ (Glamour)
This title reads like a line straight out of a late-night commercial, but it’s actually about women linking up and helping each other snag raises, promotions, etc., so count me in.
P.S.: How are we feeling about this Glamour rebrand?
Salon No. 7 soon come! Keep your eyes open.