March 17, 2017

“When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

Modern Adventuress

17 MARCH 2017

Hello letter friends,

I have a light missive for you today, for no particular reason except that sometimes that’s what feels right.

So, what’s up with you? You’re kind of quiet. I hope you know that I appreciate you and think you’re pretty great.

Also, enjoy some links.


Why is Silicon Valley so awful to women?

"Since woke misogyny can come with a hefty dose of gaslighting, it’s difficult to tell whether it’s calculated or not.” Beware the woke misogynist. I wish I had had this article a few years ago.

Several things about Jessa Crispin’s new feminist manifesto had struck me as suspect, so I was glad to come across this well-written article that explains why.

The harsh reality of a trans woman’s struggles through life until death. Warning that this is difficult to read.

Photographing New Orleans’s only black women’s motorcycle club.

We have no idea how bad the fashion industry actually is for the environment.

How to solve the design problem of smart systems that don’t know when they’re wrong.

Humans made the banana perfect—but soon it will be gone.

The saga of the Irish Giant’s bones.

On missing Mad Men as the last great “water cooler” television show. Also, that led me to this fantastic oral history of the Mad Men lawnmower incident, which I so clearly remember reacting to on first airing with the rest of Twitter. Those were good days.

Netflix has committed to completing and releasing Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind.

Backstage with Billie Holiday.

"Fire, I decided, turned people strange. Or turned them more fully into themselves.” Why I burned the forest.

"I’d like to make all my decisions based on how I imagine Dolly would: work hard, be proud, be gracious, and have fun with it.” Lessons learned from Dolly Parton on creative life.


Today I recommend taking a nice, long walk. Suitable for most audiences. If not suitable, please substitute another favorite activity, and enjoy it.

That’s all for today. Thank you for reading.

You can do anything.



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