HELLO and welcome to the 155th installment of Things I Read That I Love, wherein I share with you some of the longer-form journalism/essays I’ve read recently so that you can read them too and we can all know more about ModCloth! This “column” is less feminist/queer focused than the rest of the site because when something is feminist/queer focused, I put it on the rest of the site. Here is where the other things are.
The title of this feature is inspired by the title of Emily Gould’s tumblr, Things I Ate That I Love.
Reader I must be honest with you: I’m kinda stoned right now, but I promise you this column and I never want to let you down, so.
How ModCloth Went From a College Dorm to $100 Million a Year, by Lauren Indvik for Mashable, August 2013
Oh I just find these things interesting. I wish someone would give us $1 million dollars and we’d start a fashion line and we’d have designs by Arabelle Sicardi, Nicolette Mason, Coco Layne, Lydia Our Style Editor Obviously and also Alex Vega, because she went to fashion school. Also Kaylah Wilson and Tayler Smith would do makeup lines. Does somebody want to fund that for us, I think you would get your money back, e-mail me.
James Baldwin Tells You How To Cool It This Summer, Esquire Magazine, July 1968
I already told you to read this when I told you the things to read for this #Blacklivesmatter reading list, did you read it yet? You really need to read this.
I Will Only Bleed Here, by Bijan Stephen for n+1, November 2014
Here’s another story. I am the only black person on the editorial floor at my place of employment. The other ones who look like me work as cleaners or in the mailroom. When we lock eyes I nod, and it is both the easiest and hardest thing in the world. I know nothing of their lives, and yet here we are the same. Today I will do this. We will share a look that encompasses last night’s indignities and acknowledges tomorrow’s. We will keep our heads down and our hearts guarded, and I will only bleed here, in words, on this page.
The Writing Class, by Jaswinder Bolina for The Poetry Foundation, November 2014
This did a rare thing which is that it taught me how to think about a thing totally differently than I had thought about that thing. So I am grateful for it and would like to pass that opportunity on to you. It’s described like this: “On privilege, the AWP-industrial complex, and why poetry doesn’t seem to matter.”
The Secret Life of Passwords, by Ian Urbina for The New York Times, November 2014
Everything in this article seemed totally valid but at the same time, like it was making a big deal out of nothing? I couldn’t decide. What do you think? It was well written and deftly put together, regardless.
Who Is Charlie Crist?, by Adam C. Smith and Michael Kruse for The Miami New-Times, August 2014
Here’s the answer: kind of an asshole? Most of what I knew about this guy was from that documentary Outrage about closeted gay politicians. Now I know more about this guy but I still don’t like him!
The Smartest Bro In The Room, by Ellen Cushing for San Francisco Magazine, November 2014
Well the guy who owns Uber, it turns out, is not such a good man!
Life In Chains: Giving Thanks At Cracker Barrel, by Cari Wade Gervin for Eater, November 2014
The fact that this article exists strengthens my belief in G-d. I want to talk to Cari Wade Gervin about Dad stuff forever, and invite all the people who e-mailed me when I wrote that essay too.
How The Strand Keeps Going In The Age of Amazon, by Christopher Bonanos for Vulture, November 2014
I miss the Strand more than anything in New York besides my friends. I love this place. I went there for the first time in ’99 and so much that year and the next, and then all the time from ’04-’10. I’d be heartbroken if I went back to the city and it wasn’t there, but it’s always so crowded I never realized it. I think it’s ’cause they’re really deft curators — you don’t have to dig through stuff to find the good books, it’s all right there for you.
They Heard the Call Of Freedom, by Eric Moskowitz for The Boston Globe, August 2014
Really great stories from people involved in Freedom Summer, the young idealists who traveled to Mississippi to teach schools for black children and register black citizens to vote and also the citizens they worked with on the ground. Another reminder of how brutal anti-black violence has always been.