I want to take a time out to talk about the book I’m currently reading, because it’s amazing. If, like me, you do things like read New York Magazine and listen to NPR, then you’ve already heard a lot about Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. (Or, if you’re Maddie, you’ve never heard of it, which is cool too.) It’s a super smart exploration into what it means to be a modern parent, specifically, children’s effect on their parents, not the other way around. It also contains some of the most beautifully written descriptions of the emotional depth and otherworldly joy of parenting. If you’re at all interested in the subject, read it. Seriously.
Otherwise, in a week where Lena Dunham is on one of my magazine covers and Elizabeth Moss is on another, let’s just meet in the link roundup, why don’t we?
Open thread below!
Highlights of APW This Week
Bridal shows: they’re ACTUALLY shows! And a little bit scary to attend without a flask, honestly.
Choosing a wedding dress. Sometimes you have to admit that you you do, in fact give a fuck.
Mourning singledom. Will I miss my clawfoot tub? Spoiler: yes.
It takes courage to want something. This post on childhood vulnerability broke my heart (open).
New York Magazine’s photo essay of a day-in-the-life of Jemima Kirke really stuck with me, because it gives a not-usually-viewed image of motherhood that jives far more with who I am. Even if I don’t tattoo my shabbat guests.
You shouldn’t need a reason for not wanting to have kids.
Lena Dunham on feminism, body image, and women supporting women (watch the video!), plus badass pictures. (You have to buy the print magazine for the whole interview, which I for sure did.)
Elizabeth Moss, on how she needs to be friends with me. (Needing to be friends with Lena is too obvious to mention.)
My (now, actual, real life) friend Maggie on how to answer “What do you do?” when most descriptions of your job make people think you’re unemployed. (Me.)
Makeup that addresses the many shades of women.
Eternal Sunshine destroyed the idea of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl before it even existed.
L’Wren Scott never wanted to be identified as “Someone’s Girlfriend.”
“It might be that the greatest act of kindness on the Internet is to be quiet.”
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