“Anna Wintour and Joan Didion ooze bonelessly past one another on a New York sidewalk. Both of them attempt to lower their giant sunglasses, shattering several knuckles in the process. Anna valiantly uses her cigarette holder to prop hers up over a quizzical brow.”—Mallory Ortberg wrote Anna Wintour/Joan Didion friend fiction and it is glorious.
“In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable.”—
The Fault in Our Stars, or how I stayed up til 1:30 crying & reading.
This book was on kindle sale last week, and I hadn’t read it because I’m a stubborn person who is generally distrustful when the entire internet loves something wholly, but in the case I was horribly wrong for avoiding this book.
Anyway, when Hazel and Augustus head to their hotel in Amsterdam, I was about to head to bed, but then they stayed in the same hotel I stayed at in Amsterdam and I felt like this terrific coincidence meant one thing - stay up and keep reading. So I did. I wished I hadn’t because the book at that point it was like running downhill to the last page and even hysterical crying wasn’t enough to slow me down.
This book was really heartbreaking in the way that real life almost always has the power to be, and novels hardly ever are. I really, really loved this book.
“Consider a refrain from another big hit, “Mine” (2010): “You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter.” That’s awfully deft writing: a little miracle of narrative concision, vacuum-packing a novel’s worth of backstory into ten words and two bars of music.”—
Swift is best known, of course, for writing love songs, and lost love songs—and, especially, vengeful, scorched-Earth lost-love songs. The liner notes to her debut album included this dedication: “To all the boys who thought they would be cool and break my heart, guess what? Here are 14 songs written about you. HA.”
“The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it has ticketed four Long Island residents for capturing deer and using them as props for social media shenanigans. After taking the deer hostage, the men posted photographs of themselves with the animals on Instagram.”—