RIP Ed Koch, who was the mayor of New York City when I was born in New York City. (Never fear. I can always find a way to make something about me.) I’m still working on finishing his 8-page obituary in The New York Times, but I think it’s great so far! I’m a HUGE obituary fan so, you can definitely trust my opinion on this one.
ANYWAY, happy February!
I started reading The Winners’ History of Rock and Roll columns on Grantland this week. Highly recommend, especially if you’re a person who likes talking about non-mainstream music.
I also spent a very large chunk of time reading/clicking on every single article linked in this Wikipedia article on Appalachian Music. (Did you know that in the Appalachian Hall of Fame lies the famed “Murder Banjo”?)
Also, I discovered that the Wiki article on Rockabilly is TERRIBLE.
It’s still the Year of the Fleetwood Mac Remix.
I’m so so so happy that I read What Made ‘The O.C.’ Great, Bitch this week. If only because I was once a 17-year-old who wished very hard that Seth Cohen were a real person. (We both were REALLY into The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Death Cab For Cutie, so.)
I watched all of Twin Peaks very quickly last year (and Instagrammed it – see above – for some reason), so this other thing in the same series on The Awl was also a good read for me.
Hillary: The Most Poisoned Baby Name in U.S. History might have been the most surprising/best thing I read this week.
Also, I am continually surprised by how much I enjoy reading about architecture, but I read two good things discussing Snøhetta, the Norwegian architecture firm redesigning Times Square:
1) The Psychology of Space (The New Yorker)
2) The Risk of Being Too Nice (The New York Review of Books)
Finally, did everyone see ‘Paperman’ this week?! <3333