wedding talk

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my exact life

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it really felt like a wolverine moment

Posted: July 16th, 2017 | No Comments »
martine syms. Photo by Alex Lau

martine syms. photo by alex lau.

writer jenna wortham talking to artist martine syms in “This Conceptual Artist Probably Lifts Heavier Than You”:

When you picked up that 20-pound weight today, I was like, that’s so tight.

I was feeling really capable and strong. I feel like I have to train with black people. I’m not going to look a certain way, and I know that, and I don’t want to feel a way about it.

Exactly, don’t feel any ways about it.

Like, I was really trying to lose pounds and I was really kind of dieting before. And [my trainer] was like, “Girl, you can’t lose your booty. What are you talking about?

It sounds like you’re talking about getting to where you feel good in your skin. You’re not trying to fit some unrealistic idea.

Yeah, and I am really strong. The first time I noticed a big difference was when I was at Home Depot getting something for my studio. I was taking down plywood, and I went expecting it to be heavy, as it always is, and I grabbed a sheet and it was way lighter than I thought. I was like, “What the fuck?!” It really felt like a Wolverine moment or something. And then I did a Tough Mudder race with a couple gym people in March and that was another thing I never would have thought I would do. But it was so much fun. I trained really hard for it. It was just such a huge feeling of camaraderie. The gym I go to in L.A. is really diverse in terms of ages, races. It’s just a good vibe. They play good music. That’s the people that I did the race with and it was really special.

How much do you engage with L.A. wellness culture?

Not at all, because I hate everyone. [laughs] No. It’s just real white, real white. I mean, I shouldn’t say not at all, because I do go to everything. I know the surf spot, I know the tea place, but the overarching culture—even now, I remember always staring at pictures of people from L.A., California: some blonde, blue-eyed surfer type. I feel like that’s still a dominant image of Southern California.

also watch this because syms is hella charming. also appears that i am now obsessed with healthy ish.

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what a QT

Posted: July 16th, 2017 | No Comments »
 Natasha Pickowicz. Photo by Alex Lau

Natasha Pickowicz. Photo by Alex Lau.

love this interview with pastry chef natasha pickowicz (also sweating that leopard/cheetah backpack):

I love my job. I love the repetitive and precise aspects of pastry. I love creating beautiful and thoughtful work with my hands. You teach your body movements, and your body remembers. I love long days on my feet surrounded by people whom I respect and love. You give everything to the process; you surrender yourself to it. I go home, and I’m exhausted.


that doesn’t sound right

Posted: July 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

interview with writer eve babitz:

What would you and Sally do for fun?

We used to love to go to a place on Pico and get these drinks. They were called Vicious Virgins. We’d get black-out drunk on them and then Sally would drive us home. The only things Sally liked were speed and cigarettes.

And Vicious Virgins.

Right. And Vicious Virgins.

I’m curious. What’s in a Vicious Virgin?

Three kinds of rum, and then they’d float a gardenia on top. We’d put the gardenias in our hair and be totally blotto. They sell something like Vicious Virgins at Trader Joe’s now. It’s the only place you can get them.

Trader Joe’s? That doesn’t sound right.

I know. But it is! [Editor’s note: It’s not.]


still a tight show

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | No Comments »

just finished watching the leftovers (TBD feelings) — now processing via online recaps, and god bless online commenters (warning: spoiler alert):

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now i’m scared of it happening

Posted: July 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

humans of new york

inspiration, via humans of new york:

“I always wanted to be a mental health therapist. Ever since high school, I’ve enjoyed encouraging people and giving them hope. But I lost my way. I got caught in a world of addiction. I lost ten years of my life to drugs. I stopped when I became pregnant with my child, but by that time it was too late to go back to school. I started working as an office manager. I never completely lost my dream. But I just put it on a shelf for thirty years. Then five years ago I to…ok it off the shelf. I heard a lady in my choir talking about how she enrolled in community college. I drove there the very next day. I was so nervous when I filled out the application. I was so nervous the first day of class. All the old voices were telling me: ‘You never finish anything.’ But I said ‘fuck you’ to the old voices. And I started getting A’s. On my first test, I got the only perfect score in the class. I graduated at the age of 50. I got my Masters at 55. And just last night I completed a mental health first aid course. I’m so close now. There’s still fear there. I used to be afraid of it never happening. Now I’m afraid of it happening. The old voices try to come back sometimes. They tell me: ‘You can rest,’ or ‘You’ve earned a break.’ But I’m not stopping this time. Somebody out there is waiting for me to finish because they need my help.“


IS CALIFORNIA PARADISE???????

Posted: July 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

just got back from the most beautiful four days in california. is california actually paradise? very tricky, right? i get suckered by the peaches, excellent produce, beautiful views, so many trees, the sunlight, water restrictions, good governance, the casual possibility of kayaking. highlights:

  • walking at twilight to chez panisse cafe with dan
  • seeing the very first peet’s (!!!!!!)
  • buying mad cheese at the cheeseboard
  • cheese cheese so much cheese
  • salads, everywhere
  • seeing dan’s parents
  • the most precious wild tiny strawberries
  • the sweetest rehearsal dinner in boonville
  • sharing a hotel room with dan and matt
  • dancing with dan to “to love somebody” by nina simone at evans’s reception
  • dan doing the bicycle in the corner of the dancefloor
  • dom perignon rose at evans’s wedding (first taste of dom perignon! oh ma lord)
  • the merriman/wu family
  • marin airporter — so civilized
  • cofffee + croissants
  • the view from the airbnb in kentfield
  • steam room at the cavallo point spa
  • the hot tub at cavallo point
  • the marin county farmer’s market and the not-bad children’s music CD we bought for levi
  • sleeping the latest (8:15am!) at our airbnb — old lady sleep person!!! how can it be?
  • wearing leis at dinner for carolyn
  • amos + levi
  • TOO MUCH OTHER COOL STUFF TO EVEN GET INTO IT

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Belkis Ayón

Posted: July 11th, 2017 | No Comments »
Belkis Ayón, Nlloro (Nlloro), 1991. Collograph. Collection of the Belkis Ayón Estate.

Belkis Ayón, Nlloro (Nlloro), 1991. Collograph. Collection of the Belkis Ayón Estate.

can’t wait to see this in august at el museo del barrio, tipped to it via aminatou sow’s instagram

 

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just a thought

Posted: July 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eileen myles = scott glenn?

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