For Your Consideration: Ashley Ford, J. Peterman artwork, Bill Cunningham, and more
“Use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.” —Maya Angelou
MONDAY, MARCH 26
May I be frank?
I’m irritated. Upset. Mad. Pissed off. For various reasons, some of which are personal and will most likely dissipate within twenty-four hours, and others that are sprawling and intractable, like gun control and racism and the nagging feeling that I can’t separate my productivity from my sense of self-worth. That last one will probably be discussed with my therapist this week, but—it feels odd to share the fact of my anger without a caveat. But here’s how I’m staying inspired. Which is why self-care is so critical. So that’s why I’ve been meditating.
I don’t mean this as a knock on self-care, but it’s gotten so that it’s often discussed as if we’re all trying to soak, mask, and mantra our way to nirvana. Sometimes you’re just vexed, and that’s all there is to it. I had this idea that I’d find a bunch of stories that brightened my mood so that I could put a neat bow on this, and some of them did make me smile, but alas...still I stew.
If you’re feeling heated, try letting it run its course. I’ll be here, trying my best to do the same.
- Bill Cunningham Left Behind a Secret Memoir (LitHub)
It has a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” flavor, according to Hilton Als, who wrote the preface, and I actually can’t remember the last time I’ve been so excited for a book’s release.
- 'Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.' Should Have Been a '90s Teen Classic (Broadly)
This movie is criminally overlooked and underrated. Remember this piece the next time you’re casting about for a title on movie night—you won’t regret it.
- Interview: Ashley Ford (Girls at Library)
“I want to read more romance novels because they give me a lot of joy. And for years and years and years, I pushed them to the side in favor of work with 'more gravitas' and found myself to be, perfectly honest, post-election, like “Fuck that!” I want to read what I want to read, and I want to have a good time when I read.”
- Is Any Story Too Private to Use in One’s Art? (LitHub)
Sharing your truth can be a messy business. Rachel Lyon shares where and how she draws the line.
- Should I Commit to Messiness in the Name of Simone de Beauvoir? (Lenny)
“Perhaps it’s impossible to do both: keep a constantly tidy home and cultivate your own creative projects.” Well, fuck. Guess I won’t be having any visitors for a while.
- The Reason J. Peterman Catalogs Use Art Instead of Photographs (Racked)
If I find out that any of my so-called friends knew about this wondrous concept/company/catalog and didn’t bother to tell me about it, we’re gonna have a problem. If anyone needs me, I’ll be delighting in every bit of their product copy. Do you think they’re hiring?
- Mystery Novelizations of My Life (The New Yorker)
The cozy mysteries section at Barnes & Noble is one of my new favorite spots, a wondrous place where titles like Death of a Kitchen Diva, Claws for Concern, and Biscuits and Slashed Browns abound. If there’s a market for those books—and since most of them are New York Times bestsellers, there must be—then I’m positive that The Clue in the Instagram DM would fly off the shelves. Someone get on this.