Emergency tampons! Voodoo s'mores! Neon signs! Sunday nights are slightly more tolerable if you're making something, so I wrote about 20 of my favorite @rookiemag tutorials of all time, continuing this month's 6 year anniversary celebration. Link in bio
My children I mean material possessions, cont’d...artists tagged, the rest vintage. Really love the contrast between official Simpsons merch Bart and @ivonnabuenrostro’s abstract Bart!
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Very precise pant crease for shul OR a photo accidentally taken by a small carnival barker 🤔 really makes you think
When was the last time you looked up from your phone and tried to connect with a stranger instead? Sat next to a used q-tip on the train this morning and had the most fascinating conversation. Learned all about being covered in hair and yellow gunk, in the buttcrack of the A train. Everyone has a story to tell, you just have to ask.
O shit. @heyanniemok just released all her books for free, in PDF form, at gumroad.com/heyanniemok. And a GAME version of one of my favorite stories she’s done for Rookie, Florals. If you like comics, memoir, video games, Pauline Kael, Drake, and/or imaginings of Sonic the Hedgehog’s inner monologue, look no further!
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Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The First White President," @theatlantic.
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The Florida Project...I felt such love watching the world expand and contract through the eyes of Moonee and her friends, growing up in a motel outside Orlando, creating their own magic in the land of commodified childhood. Much is made of child actors’ ability to be truthful, attributed to their proximity to innocence, lack of self-awareness, etc. But 6-year-old Moonee is self-aware in the style of any kid growing up among camera phones, switching between privacy and performance, copying her mom’s poses in pictures, and regurgitating behavior that children are thought not to notice. This also makes her extremely funny and magnetic. There is *so much joy* in this movie, without romanticizing its characters’ circumstances, living in poverty. Apparently it was really hard to get made but it also just seems so hard to have gotten right. Also: I really appreciate the creative risk with the gear change at the end, and can’t wait to have more people to talk about it with--it gave me total whiplash (in a good way). Thanks @a24 and @humanrightswatch for having us last night #thefloridaproject
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Here we go again! Three easy ways to contact the senators whose votes will be most critical in keeping #GrahamCassidy, a DEATH SENTENCE, from going through. Swipe for stats and ask your representatives if they agree that $142,650 is a reasonable premium for receiving care for metastatic cancer. Tell them that millions of people depend on @plannedparenthood and that gutting it would disproportionately affect people of color, low-income people, people in rural areas, and LGBTQ people. Congress is desperate to pass this before September 30 so we need to make them hear us ASAP! We’ve done it before, we can do it again! #StandWithPP
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More of my pin and patch haul from...life 🤤 tap for their creators
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Chantal Akerman’s Golden Eighties aka Window Shopping meets all of my criteria for a good film:
made and set in 1986 takes place in an underground mall is a musical!!!! this weird gem shows how you can USE the awkwardness and artifice of people bursting into song instead of trying to be naturalistic within it. Singing, especially with a choreographed ensemble, just makes the characters look like they're talking to themselves, alone in their respective ideas of reality, telling conflicting love stories. Surrounded by mannequins, dressing rooms, and pastels. Spooky!!!!
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Three kinds of trolls were very present in my upbringing: the Russ dolls, the giant kind that my mom insisted lived in the mountains where she went skiing growing up in Norway, and Tove Jansson’s MOOMIN. We watched the cartoon in Norwegian whenever we visited her family and all the same comics from her childhood were still in their apartment. And we had a board game about the ghosts. Little My, pictured here in my Moomin jewelry box, is a human, but def has the most troll-like personality, which is why I've always identified with her. I also keep em around through these shoes out of my dreams and the @drawnandquarterly books. #apartmentstories#300ashlandpartner
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If I were in London I would be all over @mirandajuly’s interfaith charity shop @theofficalselfridges. #opentotheworld through October 22, an excellent way to do some thrifting and support the Norwood Jewish Charity Shop, London Buddhist Centre Charity Shop, Spitalfields Crypt Trust Charity Shop, and Islamic Relief Charity Shop.
Making my lifelong pin and patch haul a little series 🙃 artists tagged @damsorrow gave me the YOUTH air balloon when I did the play This Is Our Youth and I was like.....damn. ACDC I got @lovegangnyc. The Kodak Airshow one I found in an Albuquerque antique mall. I was visiting @saraheramos and after a day of hiking we drove home to a sunset that was so sharp and vivid that looked like old Kodak packaging. Sarah put on the song Kodachrome, and when you google it to make sure you’re spelling it right, like I just did, one suggested question is, “How many times has Paul Simon been married?” Anyways, that was my one way of processing the beautiful work of mother nature! 🙃
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When your Merrily We Roll Along poster from the original 1981 Broadway production matches your painted Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark t-shirt made by @sunnybetz given to you by @roseolm!!!!!!!!! Both of these things are very important to me: not just the musical but Lonny Price’s documentary about that production, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, which is on Netflix + I’d recommend to anyone interested in different ways to quantify success/failure and who also wants old footage of a bunch of teenagers (including a YOUNG JASON ALEXANDER) working with Sondheim, their GOD; and the Joni album, which I listened to on repeat so desperately and religiously a couple years ago that I’m sure whoever moved into my old apartment needed a ghost hunter cuz they were like “This place feels haunted...with the jazz experiments of a singer-songwriter searching for meaning at music industry parties back in 1974????”
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Every frame of @woodshockmovie is breathtaking...I’ve always felt like @rodarte collections prompt you to imagine a movie around each look, so I’m so happy Kate & Laura are finally filling out that world and taking us with them. Their attention to detail makes you slow down to the pace of nature. You can feel @kirstendunst processing grief through her senses as every interaction between sound, color, and light becomes meaningful. So you *have* to see it in a theater if you can! So so proud of @kateandlauramulleavy and lucky to have lived in their brains for a couple hours last night
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Went through dozens of Ask a Growns from @rookiemag's six years of existence and chose my top 10 it was very challenging but also very healthy to rewatch so many thoughtful people give such caring advice except for the one of my dad which IS one of the best ones but is ALSO distressing because of BIOLOGY Link...in....bio
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Some favorites from a collection many years in the making artists tagged
Thanks Chris and Shane for your new @creaturesofthewind x @stateopticalco shades They reminded me of early Jonathan Demme heroines, Nathalie du Pasquier for the Memphis group, and Judy Funnie so I wore em with these vintage earrings, @calvinklein bag, and black everything else (last pic Dia Dipasupil)
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My favorites from @calvinklein and a page from Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn, which also pieces together relics of American mythology to create some cohesion out of our current/historical/perpetual fragmentation. Industrial fabrics printed with the new logo, plastic printed with Andy Warhol's Death and Disaster series, Sterling Ruby's yarn and quilts. Bowie's "This Is Not America" played, as it did in February, the way many of last season's motifs carried over--going deeper rather than moving on.
I looked at that collection in the store earlier this week. Trying on the marching band pants and cowboy jackets gave me a weird aseptic deja vu of the deja vu I would invent for myself at the thrift shops where I grew up, gravitating toward old cheerleader uniforms and 50s housewife dresses, imagining their previous owners, wanting to inhabit the American Dream even as I knew it was really both myth and nightmare. Campiness was my way to forge a connection to my midwestern high school experience, even though it looked ironic. But those dresses rarely fit, and when they did, it felt wrong. Shortcomings are very American too.
Wearing and watching Raf Simons for CK is like rediscovering those thrift store artifacts in Erickson's alternate history of the United States, where half the states have seceded from the Union, all music has ceased to exist, and Elvis is reborn as his stillborn twin (and that's who's pictured in Warhol's Double Elvis). American nostalgia distilled and sterilized, more confining than romantic. All those old motifs, like all my campy American obsessions, now just read as foreshadowing.
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@creaturesofthewind = always the coolest. Glittery daisies, painted leather and those toucan colors. "Smoke gets in the youth's eyes" & pot leaves embroidered on an inside out coat.
Interviewed @oliviawilde for @rookiemag about what it's like to live inside of George Orwell's 1984 every night on Broadway link...in....BIO
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These were very fun to compile and revisit LINK IN BIO, the most annoying yet straightforward way to tell ppl where to find the thing one is sharing
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1 - Makes it easy to call and tweet at members of Congress whose votes will be most crucial to #defenddreamers#defendDACA
2 - Crucial information and resources for Dreamers
3 - Helps to find a #defendDACA rally near you, to to create your own.