Hello, my friends! I’m happy it’s Sunday. I’m happy we’re here together. Remember last week when I was like aaaahhhh I CAN’T DEAL! Well.. it was a beast, but I’m a fighter. I’m back in the mix feeling positive. Thank you for your kind words.
How have we come to the end of our Summer days? I can hardly believe it, and I need to get hustling on my Summer Bucket List. I know that our summer days are coming to a close because all of the college kids have come back to town to live it up (and presumably get educated) at Loyola and Tulane. It’s nothing but flip flops and snapchat everywhere I turn Uptown. I wish I were kidding.
I hope you are relentless in your enjoyment of this day. It’s a good one and we’re lucky to be breathing in it.
Here are some of the things this week has brought us:
• This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in the southeast. Here’s a map of what the flooding looked like in New Orleans: Anatomy of a Flood. New Orleans is strong and steady. Strong and steady.
• “Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing.” A Matter of Black Lives Thank you for the link, Theresa!
• When the truth hurts. Is it better to know the hard truths we face about our health and relationships or is it better to stay in the dark? Interested in a candle in the dark? A flashlight? Something less than a floodlight? No. Whole truth, even when it hurts. This is a lesson I’m learning all the way.
• The Incredible Life and Haunting Death of World Traveler Harry Devert. You lived so big and well. Rest in peace.
• Remember when we were all hooked on the Serial Podcast? Update: New Evidence in Favor of Adnan Syed Could Overturn Conviction.
• Charming and wise: How To Age Gracefully.
• I adore Jessica Koslow of the Los Angeles restaurant Sqirl. She makes the most lovely, thoughtful and earnest food: A sneaky sort of complicated simplicity.
• A few years ago, Jessica Koslow taught me how to make jam. Bonkers awesome!
• Eating late is bad for you. Confirmed. But when else am I going to eat all these BBQ potato chips? I don’t understand. I don’t.
• Are we in a situation where we can’t not like Taylor Swift? Yes.
• I posted my Instagram tips and Vogue Magazine posted their Instagram tips. One of us was mean and snarky, one of use wasn’t. Guess.
• Eat Boutique is one of my favorite food shops on the Internet. Just the most lovely food gifts. It’s founder, Maggie Battista is coming out with a new book! Food Gift Love
• Now would be the best time to get in ALL OF THE SUMMER TELEVISION WATCHING before it’s too late. Here’s what I binged. It felt so good / so bad. Lifetime Network’s Unreal, a play on the popular show The Bachelor. Dude this show….
I also watched ALL of HBO’s The Jinx over the course of two airline flights. Have you seen this show!? Did it deeply disturb you? GAWD!
• Reading: Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye
• Who is your Fall beauty muse? Mine is Sade. Mine is always Sade.
Have a beautiful day! I’m rooting for you in it.
Whoa, Vogue is mean! I’m much happier to read you than them. Oy.
Jaime Lynn (@laviejaime)
I was addicted to UnReal! It’s so bad, it’s good. Can’t wait for new eps next year (already!)
Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme
Thank you for calling out Vogue on that shit! Haha! It was so snarky. Not a fan. I can post pictures of my cappuccino art if I want to ;)
Sarah // The Sugar Hit
Cannot stop listening to smelly cat! But it’s making me love Lisa Kudrow as opposed to TaySway, who I am strangely ambivalent on? Fall beauty muse – Anthony Kiedis (his hair, esp). And I HAVE NOT read that Vogue instagram article because I’m doing a new thing where I try and avoid the bulk of the internet’s highschool nonsense. It’s going…well.
I stop listening to Vogue the moment they said not to ‘gram cats. Ludicrous!
Wow… “do not instagram cats” ?! Jeez, Vogue. The attitude…
Joy, thank you for your significantly more pleasant guideline!
Oh my goodnes, those instagram tips are funny.
xoxoBella | https://xoxobella.com
Yes, it shocked me after the ending of the Jinx. I sat on the sofa for 5 minutes, stunned and creeped out!
michelle fan | chasing bagels
I myself am back in school this week and am very guilty of the Snapchat usage……. and the flip flops! The only part I’m missing is the living in New Orleans. No beignets within a 10 mile radius of my house. :(
Thank you so much for the interactive flood map; it’s excellent. I just finished reading the recent New Yorker Katrina issue and the timeline clarifies some things as well. We visited New Orleans for the first time ever in May, and the recent spate of articles makes so much more sense now that I have an idea of the geography. Btw I am a regular reader and like your recipes very much. Katie M.
I watched the Jinx and for about three months, I couldn’t have a conversation without mentioning Robert Durst. I also googled him extensively every day for those months. Don’t worry, it passes, it really does. My friends are extraordinarily patient people. On the other hand, my infatuation with Debrah Lee Chartan is still totally in full swing.
Thank you so much for the story of Harry Devert. I’d never heard of him before this, but that piece really touched something in me. I hope his mother is able to find some semblance of peace now that she knows what happened to her son.
Woah, I’m so glad I read you and not Vogue. That post is BITCHY, man!
Joy, I totally love you (in a non creepy way) and your Sunday links. Time for a break to read some of them and forget that I have wayyy too much work to do on a Sunday.
P.S. Glad this week was better. Let’s keep fighting the good fight.
I much prefer your instagram rules :) I actually thought a lot about your post when I was scrolling through instagram the other day and it made me feel a lot happier and kinder !