On Ke$ha’s hit 2010 song, Blah Blah Blah, she says “zip your lip like a padlock”. I never even questioned this 7 years ago but I’ve been thinking about it lately. It makes no sense. Padlocks don’t zip.
please tell me i’m not the only one who has those songs that you go back and listen to like “hey, i used to really like this” and then a wave of nostalgia hits you and you remember that you used to listen to that song on repeat all day every day while playing toontown
Time for #Fridayreads! Here’s what we’re cozying up to:
Elizabeth Blair: Philip Hook’s Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A-Z of the Art World. Whimsical, blunt tutorial in art movements, rivalries, miseries, fakes, markets, etc. by a longtime auction specialist for Sotheby’s & Christie’s.
Lynn Neary: National Book Award finalist Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A dystopian future novel that centers around a wandering troupe of Shakespearean actors and musicians. It was the Shakespeare angle that initially caught my attention, though it plays a lesser role than I expected.
Karen Grigsby Bates: About a quarter through The Paying Guests, which everyone seemed to love, and to which I’m still warming up. And Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Cosby in The Atlantic.
Carline Watson: Because the holidays are coming, and because I am a sucker for cookbooks, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Fast, which is a huge book, but I love Bittman; and Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table because it makes cooking accessible and fun, and uses ingredients that are readily available in the place where I shop – and that’s not necessarily Whole Foods!
Petra: I’m prepping for my John Cleese interview by reading a self-help book he wrote in the ‘80s called Families and How to Survive Them.
Camila: Just finished Boy, Snow, Bird!
Colin: Wrapping up Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves. I picked it up after Halloween made clear to me just how unread I am in horror books. It’s half-blown my mind and scared me witless – but now I’m afraid it won’t wrap up neatly, almost as much as I’m afraid it will.
Intern Rafael:Best Music Writing 2011 edited by Daphne Carr and Alex Ross. Contains the most analytical long-form review of a Ke$ha album I may ever read.
Intern Cecily: I’ll be keeping warm this weekend with Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s biography The Dirty Version by his right-hand man, Buddha Monk.