Guys, it’s been so long. I am still here, but I’m currently covered in a pile of dust from cleaning our old apartment and surrounded by boxes filled with stuff I have to unpack. That said, being in our new house is amazing. I’m pretty in love with it. Come over and visit! But please do not point out all the things we have yet to do. There are a lot. Even though we’ve been super busy, I’ve still been working and coming across a ton of links to share. On with the links!
If you’re looking for something to read, here are 50 Essays Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person. If you read them all, please report back to let me know if you did, in fact, become a better person.
I’m getting used to using an electric stove here at the house (my previous three apartments had gas stoves). I know people like to talk a big game about how gas is the only way to go, and I get that because I love it too. But honestly, this hasn’t been so bad so far. Dinners I’ve made in our new place include Lemon Chicken Thighs and Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice.
Lauren sent me the link to this amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie style blog. Needless to say, I wish I had all of those outfits, although logically I know that I can’t pull of a structured jumpsuit.
Fellow HelloGiggles writer Gina Vaynshteyn shared some solid writing advice. (Personally, I would add the caveat that entertainment reads can have value if want to write entertainment reads, as many people do! Also, sometimes reading not-so-great books is a good way to learn what not to do. That being said, yes, read Toni Morrison).
Pretty excited that Jazmine Hughes is the new contributing editor for The Hairpin!
As always, Roxane Gay is great: The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is Just the Beginning.
True story: I had a professor who made us buy his book of poems. He also named dropped CONSTANTLY (“Once Gary Snyder told me…”), talked derisively about how we were all from the suburbs (um, nope), and once passed out an “anonymous” poem for us to critique. It was HIS POEM. He just sat there are basked in the glory. He was insane. Anyway, this is lame.
Love this essay from Rookie. Just read it.
Stuff Drake Does is a pretty great Twitter account.
Here’s why it’s TOTAL bullshit to say that “men just don’t see the mess.” Men are fully capable of cleaning.
And finally: I’m a big fan of WhiskeyPaper (in fact, you may see a little something of mine there in a couple of months!) and its wonderful/talented co-founder Leesa Cross-Smith, so it’s super exciting that they’re going to start putting out chapbooks. You can donate here!