Weekend Reads

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Weekend Reads

I was seriously obsessed with Sinead O'Connor as a high schooler and kept my obsession under wraps after the SNL experience. I often think how different that moment would have been taken in current times. Loved reading about O'Connor now and how positively she took being “canceled” back then. (New York Times)

Flint water crisis victims will receive $641 million. Just don’t call it ‘justice’. (MarketWatch)

SoulCycle ruled the world of fitness until a series of scandals alienated some of its most devoted fans. What will it take to get them back on the bike? (Town & Country)

Veteran supermodel Paulina Porizkova is contesting the will of her late husband, Ric Ocasek — and writing herself a splashy new chapter. (New York Times)

The Invisible Woman: A conversation with Björk. (Pitchfork)

The governor of Texas has signed a law that bans abortion as early as 6 weeks. (NPR)

One writer reveals how a survival job during the pandemic led to a personal breakthrough. (Shondaland)

Life As a Halstonette: Pat Cleveland shares the true story behind Netflix’s new Halston miniseries. (The Cut)

Is BMI a scam? (New York Times)

Part of me was like… ugh let's not continue this boring battle where whatever TF you want that's the most stylish choice. But then I know this has been kind of fun to watch from my GenX perch: The Jean War between millennials and Gen Z cannot be won. (Washington Post)

As for jeans, my picks are:

350

Billy Porter breaks a 14-year silence: “This is what HIV-positive looks like now” (The Hollywood Reporter)

White yoga influencers and brands have monetized South Asian cultural traditions for decades. Now, they owe a debt to a country in crisis. (Elle)

Why Millennials can't grow up. (The Atlantic)

On the same subject… Why the hybrid workforce of the future depends on the ‘Geriatric Millennial’. (Index for Medium)

What is normal and commonplace in your country but may be seen as weird in another? (Buzzfeed)

On being “The Only One” at work. (Courtney R. Baker)

Uh oh, Uniqlo shirts blocked at U.S. border in January on China forced labour concern. (Reuters)

An introduction to asshole cat behaviors. (The New Yorker)

So back in 2018 I bought this dress from Trouve at Nordstrom and it was such a good buy. This week I brought it out again and was again glad I bought it. I've worn it with Birkenstocks, with sneakers, and even with dressy heels to a nice event. I don't know if the new name of Trouve is Chelsea 28 but this looks like the same darn dress.

Young progressives are an unpredictable new factor in Massachusetts elections. They’re ardent, and organized, and they don’t take orders. (New York Times)

Some women mask up to deflect attention, but what we really want is freedom. (Washington Post)

Very timely: A reader shared that she saw my Ruby Ribbon review in her Twitter feed right before this advice on how to deal with friends who keep pushing their MLMs on you. (Captain Awkward)

Cool Event

uncommon threads fashion show june 2021

June 16: Dress for Your Future Virtual Fashion Show

Be the first to view the stunning creations from Boston's emerging designers! Uncommon Threads, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit supporting women in collaboration with the School of Fashion Design is offering a night of style; you'll also hear from clients and case workers about the impact Uncommon Threads is having on low-income women. This fashion show is the major fundraiser for Uncommon Threads.

Uncommon Threads is an innovative nonprofit located in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of the poorest cities in the country. With an innovative “outside-in, inside-out” approach, Uncommon Threads helps low-income women see and feel their true potential by using clothing and image as tools for building self-esteem and self-worth. Unlike other organizations that solely focus on work attire, Uncommon Threads addresses all aspects of a woman’s clothing needs while nurturing personal growth through self-esteem-focused styling sessions and workshops.

There will be an “after party” after this fashion show, and yours truly will be one of the individuals part of the panel at that party! This is going to be a fun event and since it's virtual, all can attend. Click here to learn more about the fashion show, click here to buy tickets, and if you'd like visit Uncommon Threads on Instagram and Facebook.

Hear/See/Read

This week we kicked it old school with sharing with our kid two movies that made an impact on us parents.

MATRIX

The first night, we watched The Matrix. How to sell The Matrix to a GenZ-er? “You know Pops, the grandfather on Blackish? He's in this movie. And like, every meme ever is inspired by this movie.” It worked, she was intrigued.

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It's true…

And besides the “old school” mobile and landline phones and the computers (I love how in the future they believed we'd be using computer disks) the movie holds up and is relatively timeless.

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It's true…

Our kid found some parts too intense (primarily when Keanu Reeves' character is in that pod all gooey and hairless) but was otherwise riveted and we've discussed it a lot since.

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To balance the intensity of The Matrix, the following night we watched The Three Amigos. I remember going to see The Three Amigos in the theater; it was the summer before 7th grade and I went with my friend Maureen. A parent dropped us off at the mall and we saw the movie alone; this was my first time and I felt very mature.

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Watching it in 2021, all the things that made this film problematic in 1986 (all the Mexican characters are either thugs or helpless, all the women are helpless and there to be love interests/conquests, making fun of men acting “feminine”) are still there.

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If you don't recall The Three Amigos, it's Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase as three silent film actors who lost their job. A woman in Mexico sees one of their films where they play The Three Amigos, a trio of crimefighters, and believes it to be real. She invites them to her small town of San Poco to help defend them against a tyrant known as El Guapo. The Three Amigos come to Mexico and utter ridiculous stupidity that made us sometimes laugh until tears take place.

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This is such a goofy movie, and my kid who is the age I was when I first saw it, LOOOOOVED it. She was totally calling out all the problematic issues but she and her dad are now constantly doing the Three Amigos salute.

We're making a list now of older movies we think our kid should see. I'd love to read your suggestions on what we should see next!

For Your Entertainment

I love Leon Bridges; his voice, his songs, his style. And I was loving the romantic vibe of his new video for his single, “Motorbike.” I began writing this paragraph before the video finished. And then I looked up and the story changed. Dang, Leon, why are you going to crush me like this? Still, a beautiful video and a beautiful song that would be a beautiful addition to a road trip playlist this summer.


6 Comments

  1. Sarah
    May 23, 2021 / 8:53 am

    Hey Allison.
    Link to the article on MLMs is to a shirt and Atlantic article on Millennials is broken- sorry!
    You did make me want to watch The Matrix again- curious to know if it holds up!

  2. May 22, 2021 / 4:43 pm

    Me! Me! I’m “a reader”! 😉

  3. Karen
    May 22, 2021 / 12:05 pm

    Re movies, I’d go way back, pretty much anything with Katherine Hepburn. But if I had to pick just one I’d say “desk set” because unfortunately the themes are pretty much still relevant- what’s the technology doing to our world and our jobs, and what place do women in the work place.

  4. Anna
    May 22, 2021 / 9:48 am

    Young Frankenstein, of course.

  5. Susan L
    May 22, 2021 / 9:36 am

    As usual, great thought provoking articles. Thanks!

  6. Krista
    May 22, 2021 / 9:13 am

    Thank you for sharing the piece on Billy Porter. I took my (then 12 year old) son to see Kinky Boots in his first trip to NYC. I wanted him to see shows with strong male characters (we also saw Newsies). He got to meet Billy briefly after the show. The photo and playbill hang in his apartment bedroom.

    Fast forward and my now adult son is a budding performing arts student. And gay. And I don’t want him to face trauma or be stigmatized for that. But he is. I’m grateful and thankful for “Prep” and that he takes it so hopefully he will never have to receive that kind of news.

    As a mom who loves her son fiercely reading this broke my heart and lifted my hopes all at the same time.

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