Got A Girl Crush on 25-year-old Australian Singer/Songwriter, Courtney Barnett
So you’re sitting at a bar and minding your own business and you overhear someone telling a story. Despite your best intentions to not be nosy, this person’s voice, their delivery, everything draws you in. You hear a subtle punchline in their mundale tale and before you even turn to look at their face you know you want them to be your new best friend.
No, I didn’t meet Courtney Barnett this week, but this is the best way I can describe how I felt when I discovered her unpretentiously droll music via CMJ coverage. Apparently I missed many an opportunity to see her live, delaying our inevitable bestfriendship. I’m not worried, Courtney. We’ll find each other one day.
Got a Girl Crush On: Rachel Kushner’s “The Flamethrowers”
Motorcycles, New York’s art scebe in the 70s, the Italian Opposti Estremismi, sex, the need for speed—stories woven upon stories. If you need a good-can’t-put-it-down book rec then this is the one for you.
Got a Girl Crush On: Bronx Hip-Hop Collective to launch a ‘Radical’ library for youth
MOTT HAVEN (South Bronx) — Rappers feed off great beats, but they’re nourished by great books.
That’s one message the hip-hop-centric Rebel Diaz Arts Collective hopes to convey to local youth with a community library they will soon run out of their headquarters in a former candy factory by the Bruckner Expressway.
“I tell them, ‘The more you read, the iller you’ll be as an emcee,’” said Rodrigo Venegas, aka Rodstarz, one-third of the rap crew, Rebel Diaz, and a founding member of the cultural collective with an activist bent.
The roughly 20-member collective has partnered with Bluestockings, the independent Lower East Side bookstore, to amass about 300 mostly donated books on radical politics, Hispanic and black history and hip hop.
Got a Girl Crush: Mad Maxine, Punk Female Professional Wrestler
Even though she only wrestled in 2 matches in WWF, Max went on to breifly start her own lady wrestling troupe in the 80s. And even lesser known fact:
"She is a trained journalist with a degree from University of South Florida, Tampa. During her wrestling training period, she was editor of the Black News after infiltrating a KKK rally on freelance assignment. She became a professional wrestler in order to write a topic for her thesis paper, which was a requirement for obtaining her master’s degree. Maxine retired from professional wrestling in 1986 to return to the field of journalism." [wiki]
Apart from having one of the coolest museum experiences in town*, the New York Transit Museum acts as a fantastic historical troubadour of this awesome city — told through its public transportation system. The Meet Miss Subways is one of my favorite anecdotes in New York’s underground history.
In an exhibition currently showing at the museum, Photographer Fiona Gardner and journalist Amy Zimmer track down and catch up with the former beauty pageant contestants, turning out a lovely portrait series.
Got A Girl Crush On: The simple and whimsical collages of Katrien de Blauwer
Belgium based artist Katrien De Blauwer combines only two images in each piece, yet magically creates a fascinating & mysterious story. Oh, and don’t even get me started on her amazing color palette, created solely through found images and found paper that she somehow manages to maintain throughout her entire, huge, gorgeous portfolio. Love with a capital L.
…And, as a little post-nod to the Oscars, here are three pieces from Katrien’s series, “Cinematic Cuts”:
Got A Girl Crush On: Bandit Brand’s vintage shirts for the Old Lady in all of us.
This line just speaks to my biker’s old lady / 70’s groupie within. After seeing these, I can’t not just throw out my entire wardrobe and deplete my bank account for every single one these shirts. If I haven’t scratched enough heads as the young, often hungover, rare book librarian before — I surely will now. Don’t bro if you don’t know me.
Got A Girl Crush On: The Original Riot Grrrl, Shirley Temple
Was Shirley Temple the original riot grrrl? I loved this outfit, which Shirley wore in The Little Princess. When I was in Grad School, I pretty much tried to dress like this. Get the look at ModCloth with these cute picks: