A few tidbits to start your week off right.
First, self-promotion! My Guardian column this week is about how deriding fashion week (and fashion generally) is a little bit sexist. When it comes to clothes, women can’t win — if you don’t care, you’re slovenly and lack self-esteem and you might face getting fired or not hired in the first place; if you do care, you’re shallow and materialistic. And while critiquing mindless consumption is fair, we don’t seem to moralize quite as much about spending that’s stereotypically male.
More self-promotion: If you feel like reading something entirely shallow and mindless, I wrote about OkCupid’s new blind date app.
An oldie but a goodie in honor of the winter weather we’re getting here on the east coast: David Sedaris on snow.
Can’t say I’ve ever read a Jodi Picoult book, but I love this interview with her. She hates Nicholas Sparks! She stands up for female writers! She seems just great.
Frank Ocean? Frank Ocean. (His was hands-down my favorite album of 2012, and I still listen to it constantly. If you don’t have it, buy it. It’s an incredible piece of work).
Can money buy happiness? Kinda-sorta-not-really-but-kinda.
Hey, look at that, the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy is really racist.
New solidarity tumblr for Asian women on internet dating sites: Creepy White Guys.
Ann Friedman on women who fake it.
Essie Washington-Williams and unspoken racial histories.
Simon Rich’s Sell Out series in the New Yorker is maybe the best / funniest thing I have read in 2013. Part 1 is here, click through for the other four.
A great piece on Aaron Swartz, the programmer and internet activist who committed suicide earlier this year.