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letting things go

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It was during my freshman year of college that I found solace in fashion. Even though I drove home almost every weekend, I felt isolated and unhappy. I had no interest in my classes; I had only one friend at school whom I saw infrequently; I had nothing in common with my roommate and so we did not speak. I was still terrified of the city and never explored. It was a lonely time, and when I was not in class or doing homework, I found myself sitting in the café section of Borders poring over fashion magazines.

At Borders (RIP!), I did more than browse; I consumed. I bought dozens of magazines that I lugged back to my dorm room, flicking through them with a hunger for art, color, and excitement. I would spend hours looking at photographs of the runway shows on Style.com, and would feel elated when I recognized those clothes in editorials. Fashion magazines were bibles, gateways to a world in which I desperately wanted to take part. I collected them as tokens of my dedication to fashion. They were a record of my growth, of who I had become and (hopefully) where I was going. For years, I have kept those magazines on bookshelves, on nightstands, in cabinets, in boxes, in closets. But last week, I made a decision. I hauled out all of my magazines and stacked them up—three, maybe four hundred glossies, some that have been with me since high school—and, with my generous mother’s help, I threw them away. Happily.

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monday mood

short and sweet

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Reading…
Sex with Shakespeare: A Memoir by Jillian Keenan

Watching…
Game of Thrones (yep, I’m very late to the party)

Check out…
this interview on Lit Hub with poet and novelist Ben Lerner on why people hate poetry so much (and why poetry should fight back) / this Washington Post op-ed about Justice Ginsberg and her damaging outspokenness over Trump / this critical look at how female comedians’ self-exposure may not necessarily be empowering over at The Guardian / this heartwarming article on Larry the Cat, David Cameron’s lazy mouse hunter

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Getting this one out late today. Happy Monday all!

(Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5)

 

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monday mood

the necessity of stress

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Listening to…
Devendra Banhart’s Mala, Andrew Bird’s Are You Serious

Watching…
Inside Amy Schumer

Check out…
this Atlantic article on Elena Ferrante’s book covers, and how they encourage us to accept fiction by and about women / the benefits of silence on the brain, via Science of Us / the emotionally-charged artwork of Scottish artist Peter Howson

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I’ve been quite anxious lately, which has led me to neglect my blog this past week. Take today, for example: I felt so stressed that I considered crawling back under the covers. In my mind, the day was already a total loss, and it was only noon. Instead of giving in, however, I realized that my time was precious. I would be a fool if I wasted it by feeling sorry for myself.

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