I apologize for going MIA. As with anyone living in these United States, I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on such important things as police brutality, anarchy, racism, intersectionality, liberalism/free speech, and cancel culture. In between wrapping up my senior capstone project, taking my last undergraduate final exam, and figuring out what I’m going to do with myself post-graduation, I was consumed with reading, watching and learning everything I could, and that meant that stupid clothing content just felt unimportant to write about.
I’ve been looking to comedians, ironic yet inquisitive, to help me make sense of the past few months, and Black Lives Matter is no different. Dave Chappelle had an incredibly raw and powerfully self-reflective take on George Floyd. The rage with which he presented the black experience will surely turn any existing nonbelievers. He also rightfully understands that no one gives a shit about what celebs have to say. He meanders without a clear structure — a perfect reflection of how everyone feels right now. We’re still making sense of things as they change by the day, and he has shown that it is okay.
Cancel culture is still alive and well, as my favorite YouTube chefs can attest. That has resurfaced questions I’ve always had about who should be cancelled, for what actions, how long ago. I took immediately to the ‘muh-free-speech’-ness of Jonathan Chait and Andrew Sullivan, both of whom bring up compelling arguments against the woke left. However, as I start to see the parallels between cancelling and looting, and how both are necessary for greater change, I’ve made my peace with the issue. It’s collateral damage. If cancelling Alex Delany (who I am a big fan of) also means removing Adam Rapoport, I’m fine with that; if the desecration of 5th Avenue also means that black people can be free, you take that trade.
To me, this time is strangely hopeful. Even if you’re unhappy about cancel culture, rioting, looting, occupation and all the rest of it, it’s a good thing that police brutality and the white suprematist system supporting it is on everyone’s minds. It seemed like the Overton window shifted dramatically in the span of 72 hours. For once, it seems like we’re on the brink of positive structural changes to a creaky system that helps only the privileged few.
I’m also hoping that America will finally restore its global moral leadership Yeah let’s not be silly.
And everything else:
Robert Pattinson Profile by Zach Baron for GQ
A weird, weird read that captures well the messy mind of Robert Pattinson.
Ray Eames, Out of Her Husband’s Shadow by The New York Times
The real carry behind the Eames duo.
Jun Takahashi Profile by Eugene Rabkin for 032c
An interesting look into a great designer. The article talks about the Off-White collaboration, which, IMO, was terrible, a little.
The Dysfunction of Food by Kim Foster
What a heart-wrenching article on the emotional relationship we can have with food, and fast food at that!
The Prophecies of Q by Adrienne Lafrance for The Atlantic
American conspiracy theories scare the shit out of me.
The Fundamentals of Bodyweight Strength Training by Steven Low
For weeks, I have been yearning for the cold, abrasive knurling of barbell grips. Gyms around me have started to open up, but I’m not sure if I should get back in it just yet. For now, this will suffice.