GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.Read More
This week in news, based on this PR pitch subject line: "Royal Baby odds and bettors banking on Jamie Lannister death"
Here’s some reading material:
That's how big The Avengers cast has gotten: They had to book out a convention center for the premiere. The Avengers: Endgame Cast Marvels At Packed Film Premiere (Vanity Fair)
If this was how the show ended in its entirety, I'd be OK with it:
Arya did it right. (If you have a problem with her age or thinking you watched her grow up so this is wrong, then you are the one with the problem. Stop infantilizing women.) If it were your last living night in Westeros, how would you spend it? (Vulture)
Podrick Payne, the One True King. Game of Thrones Fan Favorite Daniel Portman Has Big Pod Energy (Esquire)
I just finished paying off all my student debt, and I'm still fine with absolving student debt for others because I understand the known and unforeseen (and often, unfair) burdens that come with student loans. Elizabeth Warren Wants To Erase Most Student Loan Debt (NPR)
I nearly lost an entire day to one cookie. (It was an accident, I swear...) Still, my god, this sounds like a nightmare. I Made Weed-Infused Cacio e Pepe and Lost an Entire Weekend (The Cut)
Nothing is more iconic than Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole sitting in a convertible outside of Notre-Dame, plotting how to...steal a million. (YES I SAID IT) Notre-Dame: 12 gorgeous photos of the cathedral in film Notre-Dame: 12 Gorgeous Photos of the Cathedral in Film (Vanity Fair)
Here’s stuff to read to pass the time before Game of Thrones returns on Sunday. Because that’s all I can think about.
The season premiere isn’t even here yet, and I think we’ve run out of GOT stories. Which Game of Thrones Guys Are Keeping Their Beards? (Vulture)
I wore my leather jacket to work on Monday, thinking it would make for a power Monday. But it's already too warm. How did this happen!? How the Leather Jacket Became the New Power Blazer (Fortune)
On a more serious note, a deeply heartfelt and insightful read from one of our most diligent writers. I Thought I Understood Facebook. Then My Dad Died (Fortune)
Service journalism in the name of…journalism? How to use your Apple News Plus subscription to get around paywalls (The Verge)
I'd wager most Americans still have no idea about this. I have not seen it mentioned even once on cable news in the last few weeks. Just online/print outlets covering, minimally at that. Justin Trudeau the subject of a massive scandal in Canada, and his feminist cred is in tatters (BuzzFeed News)
“Pearl and Ash, Cherche Midi, DBGB, and Rebelle” Ugh, the opening graf reads like a Game of Thrones death list. Tabletop Hibachis And Pizza Boats At Greek Party Spot 'Karvouna' On Bowery (Gothamist)
If someone is holding their dog—especially one this large!—off the ground, then they should just be let on already. The pups are better behaved than most human passengers. MTA Conductor Doesn't Let Pathetic, Beautiful 'Bag Dog' Get On Subway (Gothamist)
This would solve the Netflix/Oscars problem: Netflix theaters. Netflix in Talks to Buy Historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (The Hollywood Reporter)
The headline is perfect. And the infographic work here is sublime. The Royal Baby: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know — and Some Things You Didn’t (New York Times)
At least, by the time this is published, it will be Friday. Why It’s So Upsetting That It’s Only Tuesday (The Cut)
I wrote about a new Game of Thrones book for the 3/1 issue of Fortune. No, it's not about The Winds of Winter. Sorry.Read More
Another feature that consumed much of January for me—thus, keeping me away from the blog—was a magazine piece in the February issue of Fortune about the marvelous Ms. Kondo and her runaway hit on Netflix, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.
There have been many hot takes about her show—some inspiring, some provoking, and some that were downright racist—but we chose to focus specifically on what her signature “KonMari” method might mean for fast fashion trends and sales in 2019. Here’s an excerpt:
“We’re now in a time of transformation, and we see the trend towards ‘slow fashion’ away from ‘fast fashion’ as much more powerful than a fad,” says Jen Redding, a senior equity research analyst at Wedbush Securities.
Kondo, of course, isn’t the only change agent here. “Fast fashion looks to have lost its luster,” Redding says. “It’s being displaced as Millennials place growing value on experiences, environmental, and human rights issues than in recent generations before it.” Fast fashion wreaked havoc in retail over the last decade, Redding explains, and consumers are now less interested in cheap, disposable clothing.
The 2/1 issue is on newsstands now, but you can also read this one online.
Interest in the feature also led to my first TV appearance as a talking head. Thank you to Cheddar for inviting me. The producers and hosts were very welcoming. Cheddar films on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It was a thrill to finally visit the floor, although I have to say, the environment does not stoke confidence in the economy.
That said, here’s a link to the clip. (And if you’re wondering about #OOTD: Jumpsuit was by J. Crew, glasses by Warby Parker, hair styling by Drybar. Truly a millennial look for a millennial news show. Fun fact: Anywhere else, I would have worn sneakers or rain boots that day given it was pouring, but NYSE has some archaic footwear requirements, so I was wearing Tory Burch kitten heels.)
I wish it had gone a bit better, but it could have gone worse. Now, go forth and spark joy of your own.
Illustration: Tres Commas; Photo: Getty
Spoiler: Insatiable is not pleasing on the palate.
There are few times when the reviews for a TV show, movie, or book are better than the material itself. Netflix's deplorable and not palatable Insatiable is one of those entities. I tried to watch this after a few glasses of wine to see if I could down it faster or easier, and no, it was revolting.
Normally I'd say one 30-minute episode is not enough to gauge a show, but in this case, it was.
You know what was much better than the show? THE REVIEWS.Read More
Let's be honest: it's rough out there in the news cycle right now. There are no shortage of studies or articles that all argue that constant exposure to news can be detrimental for your long-term mental health. We all need a break now and again—even those of us in the news business!
If you want to tune out the news but don't want to turn off the TV, here are a few delightful, healthy antidotes to binge, each of which feature food and wine, and might even restore a little faith in the future.Read More