My 5 Favorite Things I Read This Week

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Real talk: I’m a compulsive reader. It can get me into trouble when I’m trying to finish something (damn you, Internet, bottomless pool of words!). But the upside is constant inspiration, and I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things I read this week:

  • Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. Run, don’t walk to the bookstore for this one. Or just open a tab for the eBook, that’s faster. This is a really powerful memoir about the author as a young woman dealing with grief, addiction, and divorce, all while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with no experience and a very heavy backpack. I read it straight through on a flight and silently wiped away tears. This was the first book that’s made me cry within the first 20 pages. I won’t say anymore, but seek out this book.
  • On a lighter, shorter note, here’s a really fascinating discussion about Rihanna, feminism, and sexuality. I feel very ambivalently about Rihanna: I admire her resilience and refusal to play the victim, but there are times when she comes off as immature. However, you have to take in the account the “millionaire pop star since a teenager, no one saying no to her in years” situation. Not the typical adolescence to say the least.
  • Did you know that Kevin Hogan, Stanford’s quarterback has gone 9-0 since starting against Oregon last year? Yet has hasn’t gotten much national attention at all. This year the media’s SEC bias has been exposed as a joke. PAC-12 is the strongest conference this year, and Hogan also has the backing of the nation’s best defense. Have I blown my cover as a rabid Stanford fan? Oops. Needless to say, I’m very excited to see the game tomorrow against Washington, with the much improved Keith Price.
  • Here’s a models explaining their tattoos, a beautiful slideshow from Style.com. It’s interesting to see the rise in models with tattoos. I don’t have any myself, or any strong desire to get one (I have plenty of freckles already), but some of these are really stunning. I think it’s a sign of the re-emergence of models with known personalities, rather than the anonymous clothes-hanger figure of the last decade and a half. Cara Delevigne is a perfect example of the next supermodel who has risen to success by being her very wacky self. I approve.
  • Mike Dang gives the best financial advice over at The Billfold. Very soothing and reassuring. I don’t have the letter writer’s problem (which is $11k in savings, grad school, and a terrible job), but this was still a great read and reminder to be frugal but not miserly. Some things aren’t worth the emotional energy.
  • Fashion Month (New York, London, Milan, Paris) is over, which means it’s time for me to analyze all my notes and pull together trends and reviews. An exciting but daunting task, because I want to take the time to really consider the collections. Sometimes clothes grow on you the same way that records do. The Cut posted a slideshow of their 50 best images from fashion month, which is a quick and visual way to catch up on what you missed.
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