March 29, 2019

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Spring Landscape, adapted from Vecteezy

Mmm, good morning. I am writing to you in my bathrobe, delighting in my spring break week off! I heard a guest on a podcast talk about how she took “two years of rest” before her 30th birthday, and it got me thinking about rest. I’ve been taking so many naps this week, making me think I had a serious sleep deficit to catch up on. Taking time to rest doesn’t come naturally to me (it’s often the last thing I think of), but dang it feels good.

  1. Fighting the Scourge of the ‘30 Under 30’ List, Vulture. I hope for the young creative folks who read my blog, this quote will help you focus on doing the work you love and ignoring the comparison temptation: “The success of other people doesn’t mean anything for your own. There isn’t a finite amount of success in the world, and if they’re in a glossy magazine, it doesn’t mean you’ve lost any achievement points. Sit down and physically map out your measures of success: a career that inspires and enriches you? Financial stability within that career? A support network of fun, trustworthy friends? An enduring romance? Whatever combination you’re going for, it’s a myth that they will be achieved by some faraway editor deciding that you’re worthy of press coverage.” Also, wisdom for all ages: “There is a reason most Nobel Prizes in medicine are awarded to people in their 60s, because that’s usually how long it takes to change the world.”
  2. Shrill’ Is the Mona Lisa of Body Positive Television, Vice. This piece is written by Sophia Carter-Kahn, who runs She’s All Fat and who I pretend is my friend in real life. She sums up the thrust of body positivity: “At its core, body positivity is a feminist political movement that centers some of the most marginalized—fat people, very fat people, people of color, people marginalized by gender, disabled people—and works for social and political change to make the world a safer place for bodies of all kinds to live in.” There’s also some great behind the scenes detail about the life-affirming pool party sequence in the 4th episode. (Here’s a short clip of that scene!)
  3. The Costumes On ‘Shrill’ Show What’s Possible In Plus-Size Fashion, Nylon. I’ve been hearing that most of the costumes Aidy Bryant wore (which are adorable) are custom-made, and this is an interview from the costume designer on that process. “It took me a second to sort of reorient myself and say, ‘Okay, wow, I cannot believe that this door is being shut so hard and in so many ways for somebody who is pretty average sized for America now,'” she recalls. “I think there was a part of me that felt kind of responsible for the fashion industry. Like, why isn’t there anything happening and why is it such a strange concept that somebody who’s over a size 8 would actually want to be stylish? Why is that so foreign?” YES.
  4. What Makes #2 Pencils So Special? Mental Floss. I love these yellow guys! And in this article I learned that Henry David Thoreau is a part of American pencil history. Also, apparently it used to be illegal to own a pencil sharpener!
  5. Instagram-friendly Bibles Are Here to Court Millennials, Vox. This is interesting from both a faith perspective and a design standpoint. A comment from the creators: “Christian art and design can come off as really cheesy,” says Brian Chung. “But faith, like everything, needs to meet the culture where they are. So we’re creating materials that are approachable, and also represent the intersection of art and faith.” And from a religious studies professor: “I do find it interesting that this company says it aims to give readers ‘a fresh visual experience and heightened level of contemplation’ by adding photos,” she says. “I wonder, in that statement, is it implied that textual sources without images — or even their specially chosen images — are then, by extension, somehow less conducive to higher contemplation?” I’m not sure how I feel about this version, but I appreciate the interest in making the Bible more accessible (although, not for everyone, since the price of these books $38 per paperback…).

Bonus features:

  • Broadly: The Gender Spectrum Collection – “The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés.” Love it! I love finding inclusive stock photo collections! (this page might load slowly for you because of all the images)
  • I watched a billion How It’s Made videos online with friends over the weekend, and here are some favorites: Smarties, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Rainbow Sprinkles.

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