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monday mood / nov. 23rd


Listening to…
Kali Uchis’s Por Vida, Sage’s In Between, Brigitte’s A bouche que veux-tu

Why Not Me? 
by Mindy Kaling

Check out…
the fascinating history of plaidthis NY Times article about concert halls as refuges from technology / this A.V. Club article about feminism in movies / this article about the Native American naming tradition


Though I’ve been overwhelmed with work lately, I’ve attempted to keep an eye on current fashion-related literature so that I can contribute to the conversation when I find time. Lately, I’ve enjoyed Vanessa Friedman’s “On the Runway” column, archives of Cathy Horyn for “On the Runway,” Cathy Horyn’s work in general, and the odd Pacific Standard article that engages in fashion, costume, or clothing in some way. I also recently purchased the Fall issue of Lapham’s Quarterly (the Fashion issue!), though I have yet to read it. If Lapham’s Quarterly is publishing an entire issue on the subject, that obviously means it’s a topic ripe for discussion and contemplation.

More coming in the winter months—stay tuned.

monday mood / aug. 17th


Listening to…
Simon & Garfunkel’s Old Friends, Carole King’s Tapestry, Amy Winehouse’s Frank and Back to Black

The Bridge of San Luis Rey 
by Thornton Wilder

Check out…
“Dispatches from the Russian River,” Alexis Coe’s essays on ambition, nature, and techies / an article by Ben Dolnick about the similarities between crossword puzzles and writing fiction / this shapeshifting video of 500 years of female subjects in Western art / this interview I did with Mia Alvar for The Rumpusmy interview with California Wives for SOMA Magazine


Well, here I am again. It certainly has been awhile, and I obviously can’t be trusted to post on this blog consistently, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try. I want to use this space to talk about literature and other random things that suit my fancy, but I also have plans to examine fashion critically here.

As I peruse fashion magazines and blogs and find little there to stimulate me intellectually, I constantly ask myself, is there an intelligent way to approach, think about, and discuss fashion? Or are we destined only to extremes—mindless articles that seemingly serve to sell clothes and, on the other end of the spectrum, sociological studies on dress? The latter definitely interests me more, and though I’m no sociology scholar, I’d like to put some time into thinking about style, its effects on contemporary culture, and fashion as art. I’ve only come across one—now defunct—blog that does something similar, and I hope to contribute to a new conversation on fashion. Though posting photos of my personal style was fun (and I may still post wish lists and looks), I want to use this blog for words and ideas. I am a writer, after all.

monday mood / apr. 27th


The Last Man on Earth

The Canterbury Tales
 by Geoffrey Chaucer

Check out…
“No Man is an Island” by John Donne“Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson / “America” by Allen Ginsberg / “Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg“In Time of Plague” by Thom Gunn / “Mayakovsky” by Frank O’Hara“Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath / “Tears, Idle Tears” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson“Poem in October” by Dylan Thomas / “O Me! O Life!” by Walt Whitman / “Love Calls Us to the Things of this World” by Richard Wilbur


Well, April is National Poetry Month, and this month I forgot over and over again to post about it. Not much to say about this, except for the fact that I am grateful that such a thing as a month honoring poetry exists. Above, see some of my favorite poems of all time.