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I wrote this story about whether women can be too hot for their jobs. My father read it and told me he thinks it comes down to women wanting to be told they’re pretty. Flashbacks to teenage feminist years arguing about Camille Paglia on the way to school.
Dick Clark interviewing Madonna on American Bandstand, right after she performed “Holiday.”
Dick Clark: “When you went back to New York, you sang with a trillion bands. Then you quit and went out on your own. Were you the least bit scared to do that?”
Madonna: “Not really. I think I’ve always had a lot of confidence in myself.”
Dick Clark: “We are a couple of weeks into the new year. What do you hope will happen, not only in 1984, but for the rest of your professional life? What are your dreams? What’s left?”
Madonna: “To rule the world.”
This is actually just an aside from an essay on the writer Abby Aguirre’s ambivalence about having kids, which is great and features spectacular scenes from a California in the 1980s divorce.
I wrote about costume designers and got to visit the Orange Is the New Black set. They use actual prison suppliers for their costumes. Who knew?
I went to San Francisco to profile Modcloth. The office is exactly like you might think: conference rooms names after vintage hairstyles (beehive, finger wave), standing desks, books on knitting, girls in cardigans.
Kind of my everything. (via)
I wrote about natural beauty companies based in Brooklyn. I am trying to kick my Dove antiperspirant habit but it’s HARD.
I AM A FREE WITCH I HAVE NOOO GUILT (via)
In the spirit of the story, I’ll share with you the Zara shopping tips she gave me, which were to go to the stores as soon as they open on weekends, when they’re the most organized, and not to overlook the men’s section, especially for slouchy sweatshirts.
Miriam sent me this in honor of Mercury retrograde (and our devotion to Mariah Carey).