With sleek jewelry and black leather anchoring the outfit, you can spend all afternoon in a café and all evening in the swankiest bar and never feel out of place.
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(Sweater Sandro / Skirt T by Alexander Wang / Bag Madewell / Boots Stuart Weitzman / Watch Michael Kors / Rings Vita Fede, Adia Kibur, Eddie Borgo / Necklace Marc by Marc Jacobs )
Straight Razor: Poems by Randall Mann
this inspiring campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill (go vote now!) / this 1944 article documenting the New York Times’s discovery of pizza / this genius NYPL compilation of all the books read by Mad Men characters / this delicious-looking radish and herb salad recipe / this account of a young American girl who joined ISIS / this essay on The Rumpus about movies and TV shows that employ violence against women / how the little-known Sonia Delaunay influenced fashion and fabric design
The weekend before last, at various AWP panel discussions I heard repeated over and over the sentiment “to be a good literary citizen.” I think the definition is a little different for everyone, but the phrase instantly resonated with me. Over the last two years, as I’ve become serious about the craft of writing, I’ve done everything I can to stay up to date with contemporary writers while also reading the classics. I am a patron of bookstores both big and small, new and used, and buy literary magazines, paperbacks, and hardcovers (when I can). I try to read a wide variety of online publications and take in as many viewpoints as possible. Interacting with my own literary community is the next step, as well as finding confidence in my own voice and work.
Good writing forms bonds, ignites ideas, and—in the end—connects people in ways you would’ve never imagined. I want to be a good literary citizen. It’s more than reading and writing and sending your work out into the unknown with hopes that someone will tweet it a million times; it’s about participating in a discussion, sharing in a discourse that encompasses as many people as possible. (Also, note the Michelle Blade painting of Sartre… she’s one of my favorite contemporary artists).