As someone who prefers to look good where possible, naturally a primary consideration going into this project was “WHAT WILL I WEAR?!” Consequently, for Episode 2 of Twenty Seventy, I got my friend and colleague Mel Campbell in to talk about fabrics, fashion and fit.
“Every time God closes a door, he opens a window. Every time you reach the window, he closes it on your fingers. Every time he closes a window, the door locks. Every time God locks the door, the chimney collapses. You will never make it out of this house.”—Live Every Day - Mallory Ortberg, The Toast (via emmyinabox)
For some reason, Americans believe that the constant and dirt-cheap availability of Mexican food is a human right. Tell them there is nowhere to get an affordable burrito in, say, Merthyr Tydfil, and they will gape in shock, like you just sang the national anthem in Klingon.
The idea that their country has a lot of Mexican food because, er … they share a 800 mile border with Mexico, simply does not compute.
Mexican food should be everywhere. Like oxygen, or laughter. If it is not, the universe is fundamentally misaligned. Chris, Gwyneth is gone. But at least you don’t have to put up with this ridiculous behaviour anymore.
My recent favorite phrases: This, too, shall pass and this is temporary.
Everyone goes through shit. And you get through it. You get over that hump eventually. It’s how you get through and that you get through it that matters.
Life isn’t all flat land that’s easy to traverse. There are mountains and valleys and rocky roads. You keep moving. You keep going. It’s exhausting and sometimes painful but you keep going because the alternative is not something you want to entertain. So over this mountain we go, skinned knees and all. This terrain is just temporary until we reach flat land again.
"I learned how to drink champagne a while ago. But the way I like to drink champagne is I like to make what we call a Montana Cooler, where you buy a case of champagne and you take all the bottles out, and you take all the cardboard out, and you put a garbage bag inside of it, then you put all the bottles back in and then you cover it with ice, and then you wrap it up and you close it. And that will keep it all cold for a weekend and you can drink every single bottle. And the way I like to drink it in a big pint glass with ice. I fill it with ice and I pour the champagne in it, because champagne can never be too cold. And the problem people have with champagne is they drink it and they crash with it, because the sugar content is so high and you get really dehydrated. But if you can get the ice in it, you can drink it supremely cold and at the same time you’re getting the melting ice, so it’s like a hydration level, and you can stay at this great level for a whole weekend. You don’t want to crash. You want to keep that buzz, that bling, that smile."
Here it is, folks, the first episode of the Twenty Seventy podcast! This one’s an introductory effort - stay tuned for upcoming interviews covering ’70s fashion and fit, and the Australian ’70s accent.
Alec Baldwin has, like Shia LeBoeuf before him, decided to withdraw from public life. In admittedly ironic manner, he announced this by speaking to New York magazine. The piece has been reproduced online over at Vulture. I encourage you to read it.
In his piece, Baldwin makes a lot of sensible points with characteristic bombast. But the bombast is kind of the idea – he’s a larger than life character. His problem is that the current model of celebrity doesn’t allow for larger than life characters. And it certainly doesn’t leave any room for flawed characters or people who make mistakes.
I’m disinterested in the things that Baldwin has done (or reportedly done) that have brought him to this decision. I’m interested in the broader idea of celebrity and what it says about us. What does it say about our needs?
When we look back at earlier civilisations, we tend to pat ourselves on the back for how much we have distanced ourselves from their savagery. Roman circuses. Aztec sacrifice. The Reign of Terror. Hundred of years from now, the people who look back at us will pay careful attention to the way we choose certain people seemingly at random, build them up as gods, and then capriciously destroy them.