Weekly Culture Roundup: LOLs, Frida Bday, & Near Death Experiences
Hey mom! Hope you had a great weekend. Check out this cool stuff from last week:
Great op ed on laughter in texts. Turns out, people rarely change the way they text laugh.
I guess I'm an "Ahahah!"-er for life.
July 6th was Frida Kahlo's 110th birthday. Refinery 29 reran some photos of her clothes and "accessories" that were locked in a bathroom (?!? something's fishy here) until 2015. She was in a trolly accident that almost killed her when she was a teenager and life was pretty painful after that. Didn't seem to stop her one bit. I mean... the woman was literally shattered and gored with a iron pole. So, then she just does everything the fiercest way possible, including fashion. She was SERIOUS about fashion.
Look at this wedge heel she made for her prosthetic leg. Flawless.
And this dress. She was unapologetic about everything, especially wearing traditional clothes. Crazy to think she'd hang out in Paris with Elsa Schiaparelli (Chanel contemporary) wearing this!
Quick synopsis: After her mother's death, Danticat is obsessed with near death experiences and the notion that she could die in the blink of an eye. She references Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking (Didion's account of her grief after the death of her husband and daughter in the same year).
The last three paragraphs are sad but hopeful. In the end, Danticat is consoled in her fear that death will be meaningless by the recollection of a conversation from the novel, The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje
Dang! She's good.
Ok enough about dying, mom, time for something upbeat... Blue Ivy's freestyle.