My Top 5 Articles of the Week


The other day my boyfriend called me out on a phrase I unknowingly use all the time: tops. The context? “I’m so excited about the new Big Grams album, Big Boi is really tops.” It’s jarring to realize the vocabularies we’ve built out of habit and eccentricity. I thought I’d share with you some fascinating articles I read this week I’d consider “tops.”

1. Rachel Syme on Kim, Kanye and Marina Abromovic:

“Kim and Kanye are performing as a couple all the time — they perform the idea of what love and parenthood are in 2015, what art and fashion look like as a constant dialogue between two people, and what two people who have a joint vision can do when they decide to rise higher and higher in cultural esteem, beyond what anyone thought possible.”

2. Monica Heisey on the history of bangs:

“30 B.C.E.: Not to start off on a total bummer, but Cleopatra’s famously blunt bangs are a myth. In actuality, she would have worn a wig of tight curls over a shaved head, as was the fashion at the time. The popular image of Cleopatra with bangs comes from the 1934 film Cleopatra, which made use of actress Claudette Colbert’s pre-existing bangs.”

3. Jenny Zhang on poetry and yellow-face:

“The reparations white people claw for the minute they feel excluded from this world is not our problem. We shine bright like a diamond, and for once the blinding light from our gemstones is not white, but goddamn it is so, so divine.”

4. Lindsay Peoples on the Spring 2016 fashion trends to follow this fall:

“Rather than wait until 2016 rolls around, why not shop the best runway trends now — especially since so many of them will transition into fall with ease? Most of the really wearable new trends are hybrid, new-and-improved takes on what’s already happening in fashion, with a more modern and relatable approach.”

5. Sinead Stubbins on Almost Famous and gifting records:

“It gets to the heart of fandom: nothing is quite as good as that first high, but you try to repeat that feeling anyway. In the film, Sapphire the Band-Aid explains that to be a fan is to “truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts”. Like fandom itself, Almost Famous refuses to be embarrassed by the earnestness of reliving this memory.”


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