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the nytimes tells us that the L is the most romantic line in all the subways in all of new york city. in true scientific fashion, this info has been gleaned by scouring craigslist missed connections. an accurate and apropos scientific inquiry and methodology.

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there is some sexy williamsburg romance a-brewin under those payes.

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have just finished reading half the sky by nicholas kristof and sheryl wudunn and i cannot cannot recommend it enough. i first heard about the book while reading this fantastic article in the ny times magazine last summer, and while the article definitely gets the point across successfully the book is still absolutely worth a read.

 

the book discusses sex slavery in southeast asia, rape and murder in the name of honor in africa, unimaginably high rates of maternal mortality all across the world, fistulas, female genital cutting, and the benefits of education and microloans; since studies have shown people respond with more compassion to stories of individuals than to mind-numbing statistics, each chapter is punctuated by photos and narratives of women’s lives. best of all, the authors don’t just present the sad state of affairs in the world today and then leave you to feel shitty all day — they repeatedly describe organizations and philanthropic efforts that WORK and also introduce opportunities for the reader to GET INVOLVED and SUPPORT SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS TO CHANGE THINGS. thank goodness, because it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when faced with an overwhelmingly shitty situation.

( at one point while i was reading the book i was telling a friend about it when he scoffed a little and asked if endlessly talking about inequalities makes them worse rather than better — the whole ‘post-race’ argument that was continuously brought up during the 2008 election, that if we would just stop talking about black or white or male or female then slowly differences would fade from our collective consciousness. i think mostly he was trying to be a dick on purpose, but just in case, i definitely do not think that not talking about it is the solution. when women are honor-raped every day, when girls are systematically prevented from educating themselves, when female sex workers are kidnapped from their families and kept prisoner by beatings and drug dependencies, the absolute worst thing we could possibly do would be to not talk about it. i think a lot of us don’t quite know the extent of how difficult and dangerous it is to be a woman outside of america/europe/developed nations in general, and learning about the scary reality is the only way to motivate oneself to take action. )

while the authors respect legislators’ efforts to solve inequities through laws, policies, and UN bodies, they repeatedly point to overwhelming evidence that the far more effective route is one that emphasizes grassroots, localized organizations founded or run by local people who understand local culture and customs. microfinance, for one example, has been shown to be hugely successful, changing entire communities through $65 loans to individual women. so, here is a very short list of some websites and organizations mentioned in the book that are worth checking out and contributing to:

kiva.org

globalgiving.org

camfed

engenderhealth

novo foundation

global fund for women

of course there are tons more avenues to examine if you, too, are impassioned and eager to help. very worth the research. now go buy the book, now.

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my father, an avid cyclist who’s been wearing spandex and shaving his legs since the early 70s, insists that adeline adeline (profiled in today’s nytimes) can’t possibly be a real bike store.

we beg to differ!

adeline adeline (147 reade street) was founded by a graphic designer who did not want a racing bicycle or a fixie and thus was forced to open her own store. the bicycles are super pretty — they’re inspired by the lovely vintage type bikes stylish ladies ride around amsterdam — and are meant to coordinate well with pretty dresses and shoes (bicycles can be accessories like any other) while also providing a comfy and enjoyable ride. (to prove it, customers are allowed to test-ride bikes around tribeca and in the nearby park before buying.) so the aesthetics of bike riding are fully embraced.

even better, for those of us whose concerned cyclist fathers are lurking in the background, there is a full service repair shop downstairs to prove that, although super stylish, adeline adeline is a real life bike store concerned with function as well as fashion.

BEST OF ALL the bicycles come in sizes, including sizes small enough for the shortest of ladies (eg under 5′ 3″, which hopefully includes those who are a mere 4′ 11 1/2″).

oh oh and, even better than best of all, the bicycles are really very affordable. the dutchie 1 (pictured below), for example, is only $399. hooray fashion!

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(by paula scher at nytimes.com)

follow the link for a lovely essay on the evolution of narcissistic, aggressive, sexual masculinity in great male authors’ prose.

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christoph niemann loves legos.

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so do we, really.

see more, here.

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i am told by a friend that chloe sevigny is bitchy and acts entitled when standing on line for a club. which is fine, and also, whatever who really cares; nevertheless ms. sevigny remains my top choice for actress-i-would-most-want-to-play-me-in-the-movie-version-of-my-life.

(this will someday happen, i am sure. and she will dye her hair brown and shrink a few inches and the film that ensues will be lovely and well-received by critics and fans alike. also the soundtrack and costumes will be fieeerce.)

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when questioned in pulse, karin nelson’s ny times column, she says, “I’m not feeling these modern, futuristic looks. It’s too hard. I love a frilly floral, and I always will. And I like minis. I tried to do a pencil skirt, but it looked too old. Lately I’ve been trying to dress sexier, but my version is still a little sad and frumpy and alternative.”

oh man, it is only a matter of time until we run into each other on the street and girlishly squeal over our mind-bogglingly similar style manifestos.

due to a lack of tv and/or hbo, i cannot watch my life twin on big love, but i saw this clip of her on vice‘s website once and have enjoyed it ever since (because she is snotty and know-it-all-y and i really like that about her):

as a girl who spends too much time on style.com, her actual knowledge of fashion trend history makes me really really happy. as does her companion’s moustache. as does the idea of having an expendable income big enough to buy a pair of balenciaga pants.

the end.

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the latest issue of interview, is superb. it is the so-called art issue. inside find interviews with richard prince (who owns the original scroll of big sur by mr. jack kerouac), jeff koons (more on him in a sec), cate blanchett (interviewed by jack white, which brings to mind coffee and cigarettes, and also the two of them are quite witty with each other), william eggleston (who is color blind?), rei kawakubo (have you gotten a chance to shop for comme des garcons at h&m yet?), gus van sant (i fell asleep during paranoid park but still claim to have really liked it), AND MORE!

jeff koons was all, “i don’t think my shit is ironic, or tongue-in-cheek” (that was paraphrased, badly, by the way) and i was all, reeeally? because you sculpted a giant balloon animal and put it in the palace at versailles… but then jeff koons was all, “living at versailles must have been like living in a fantasy, where you could go to sleep one night with a garden full of blue flowers and wake up to find a garden full of red flowers, because a staff of gardeners had been up all night uprooting and planting your fantasy, fuckin louis xiv, and my pieces relate to that fantasy in contemporary ways” (again, paraphrase-age) and i was all, hey i kinda like that, way to go jeff koons, this is the first time i’ve ever had tender feelings towards you and your art.

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and then i was all, happy hannuka, and stuff.

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