“I remember so clearly, in the early days, if I had to do a piece of press, they’d phone for me and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to bring hair and makeup, it’ll take about five hours.’ And I said, ‘Well, if it was Ian McEwan, would it take about five hours? Would there be hair and makeup? Cause if that’s not the case, then don’t bring the hair and makeup.’ So, it’s fascinating that they just assume: it’s a young woman, she must want to be photographed for five hours. She must have nothing better to do than delight in trying on all your shoes. But it’s not the case.”
— Zadie Smith [x]
Photographed by Eamonn McCabe
Behind a franchise-playoff record 46 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, your Trail Blazers fought back from 13 down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Rockets 122-120 in overtime #RipCity
Bill Mudron tried to imagine how he could take the madness of Animal Crossing to the next level. His final thought was to give it an awesome Parks & Recreation spin. This mash up would probably be pretty damn fun to play.
blue over there? This wall’s like the
bottom of a pool, its
color I mean. I need a
darker two-piece this summer, the kind with
elastic at the waist so it actually
fits. I can’t
find her hands. Where does this gold
go? It’s like the angel’s giving
her a little piece of honeycomb to eat.
I don’t see why God doesn’t
just come down and
kiss her himself. This is the red of that
lipstick we saw at the
mall. This piece of her
neck could fit into the light part
of the sky. I think this is a
piece of water. What kind of
queen? You mean
right here? And are we supposed to believe
she can suddenly
talk angel? Who thought this stuff
up? I wish I had a
velvet bikini. That flower’s the color of the
veins in my grandmother’s hands. I
wish we could
walk into that garden and pick an
X-ray to float on.
Yeah. I do too. I’d say a
zillion yeses to anyone for that.
She’s definitely talking about fiction here, but this is pretty important in nonfiction, too. I have a tendency to over-contextualize when I write personal essays because I always feel that the reader needs to know all these small details about me to understand, but really, when those details don’t point directly back to the aboutness of the essay, they’re totally derailing. My crazy-smart friend who’s editing my thesis said to me the other day, “This isn’t a get-to-know-you essay. Don’t feel like we need to know everything,” and I keep thinking about it, because he’s right, and I knew that before, but it had never been said out loud to me like that. Essays with personal material can be personal without needing your entire life story behind them.