Happy Friday! Want something good to read?
Do you need a new blazer? We rounded up a bunch of them!
And we talked about our best tiny life hacks.
At The New York Times: “The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” This is a really wide-ranging and ambitious project encompassing essays and fiction, and I haven’t worked my way through all of it yet (it’s quite robust); it’s extremely worth your time and attention. I really recommend exploring it, book-marking it, and reading it. (Their piece about how the project came together is also very worth a look.)
This is long, terrifying, and important: On the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon, Brazil’s Forest Communities Fight Against Climate Catastrophe
FYI: There are A LOT of counterfeit books on Amazon — I actually once accidentally bought one of my own, which was an experience — and Amazon doesn’t particularly give a shit. If you buy hard-copy books from Amazon, please make sure they’re being sold BY Amazon or you might end up with some kind of janky counterfeit and the author you’re trying to support will be SOL. [NYT]
Also at the New York Times, and super interesting: What Do Rally Playlists Say About the Candidates?
At Lainey, this is interesting: Taylor (Swift) becomes Tom (Hiddleton)’s story. To wit: “What’s generating attention is Tom and Taylor Swift. To be fair, maybe that would have been the headline regardless since Taylor is currently all up in our faces and their summer 2016 romance was one of the best gossip limited series we’ve had in recent memory. Laura Collins-Hughes says she was never going to ask Tom about Taylor though. The reason Taylor comes up in the piece is because she was instructed, just moments before the interview began, that Taylor was not to be mentioned.”
Fascinating, at Sports Illustrated: Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It
This made me laugh, at Pajiba: Why Do All Of Bradley Cooper’s Characters Have The Worst Names?
At Vulture: Barack Obama in Heated Custody Battle for … Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Hat. (For his Presidential library, not to like wear around the house, although for the record, I also support that.)
At Celebitchy: Charlize Theron is frighteningly accurate as Megyn Kelly in the ‘Bombshell’ trailer. SERIOUSLY. Whoever did her makeup nailed it.
I loved reading this, at the New York Times: The Fabric of Nigerian Weddings
This is old, at Conde Nast Traveler, but I just read it and truly it is timeless: This Man Has Been Living On Cruise Ships for Twenty Years
Over at The Mary Sue: Brie Larson Posted a Picture With Thor’s Hammer and of Course Men Are Crying About It. GO OUTSIDE, EVERYONE. GO! OUTSIDE!
At Socialite Life: JAMKAT IS DONE! KATIE HOLMES AND JAMIE FOXX BREAK UP AFTER SIX YEARS. Ooh, I didn’t mean to cut and paste that in all caps, and yet I enjoy how it feels so EXTRA EXTRA! Also: I never got to call them “Jamkat” and NOW I CANNOT.