READ: Stories as Cultural Currency

What is something you believe in strongly?

This is a question rarely posed in everyday parlance, as it is usually reserved to separate the wheat from the chaff on college applications and during ho-hum job interviews. When asked to expostulate on one of my most firmly-held beliefs this week, the answer seemed weirdly top-of-mind rather than buried deep and murky.  I answered — ‘I believe in the importance of authentic, compelling storytelling.’

I have loved reading — and second to that, writing — since I was very young. I’ll avoid telling the whole story of my introverted childhood and offer this anecdote in it’s place — that my inner world of books and journals always seemed so much more natural, accessible, and comforting than any elementary school friendship.

This hunger for good storytelling continues as a leitmotif of my life as an adult.  Initially satiated with good writing and compelling copy, a second paramour –excellent photography, authentic art direction, sublime styling — has entered the picture, and I can’t remember what one looked like without the other. A  new focus on what it means to be a talented storyteller in today’s visual, internet culture continually motivates and inspires me.

I have been reading the the enthralling Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle
 this week and this quote on the joys and trials of reading is worth inserting here:

In one sense, reading is a great waste of time. In another sense, it is a great extension of time, a way for one person to live a thousand and one lives in a single lifespan, to watch the great impersonal universe at work again and again, to watch the great personal psyche spar with it, to suffer affliction and weakness and injury, to die and watch those you love die, until the very dizziness of it all becomes a source of compassion for ourselves, and our language, which we alone created, and without which the letter that slipped under the door could never have been written. 

 

So, without further ado, here’s a little mid-week reading list of some of the best things I’ve read on the web so far.


 

In addition to offering some beautiful basics knits and sumptious sweaters, online retailer Lou & Grey also serves up a delectable blog. Filled with stories that share their brand of contemporary craft paired with modern, laid-back femininity, this interview with Anne Serrano-McClain of MCMC fragrances caught my attention earlier in the week.

this interview with Joanna Macy, buddhist scholar and translator of my favorite poet (ps it’s Rilke) on being and what it is like to mourn the loss of those you have known most intimately.

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month — a post by one of my favorite writers, Molly Wizenberg on being a writer with a capitol W.

Currently on my bedside: All-American, Volume 1 by Bruce Weber  and Detroit 1968 by Enrico Natali

And finally — This post about what happens after you’ve found the perfect pair of jeans . Cue the dancing lady emojis.IMG_4499.JPG