Happy Sunday, darlings! Over at Literally, Darling, we’re trying to find meaning in life after the Royal Baby festivities, and we hope you celebrated in style. Take a restorative sip of some perfectly steeped Earl Grey and join us for another Literally Links, our weekly wrap-up featuring the things we obsessed over on the internet this week.
Jazmine: HBIC & Awesome Lady Emily Nussbaum defends Sex and the City from its banishment to just a pathetic punchline
When people talk about “good” or “quality” television, HBO inevitably appears; the shows that are mentioned most often are programs like The Sopranos or The Wire. Deserving? Of course. But we forget about the show that basically put HBO on the map: Sex and the City. The over-the-top fabulousness and initial voiceovers clash with the successful comedies of today – most notably the ones that employ a pseudo-cinema vérité like The Office and Arrested Development, but SATC gave us what so many TV shows lacked: the first female anti-hero, Carrie Bradshaw. Emily Nussbaum reminds us of Sex and the City‘s pivotal role in the history of television for The New Yorker.
Katie: Hayley Campbell’s Blog
While I was stumbling through non-stop Twitter bitching about the heat wave last week – I’m guilty of this too – I found a link to Hayley’s “An Open Letter to Hot English People.” Now, I admittedly clicked on it thinking it was regarding the attractive British among us. But no, it was a letter from a transplanted Australian living in London and laughing her ass off at the 30 degree (Celsius, which is about 86 degrees Fahrenheit) heat wave that was plaguing the nation. I quite literally cried I was laughing so hard, and promptly began devouring the rest of the blog. I can’t recommend it enough, she’s utterly hilarious. If you don’t trust me, ask Neil Gaiman:
“My conviction that Hayley Campbell is one of the great comic writers of our day is reinforced by this open letter.”
– Neil Gaiman
Enough said, I think. Read her. Tweet her: @hayleycampbelly. Love her.
Molly: Jay Z’s 99 Problems
We all know Jay Z has 99 problems (but a b*tch ain’t one). Old news, right? Wrong. Graphic designer Ali Graham has taken to Tumblr, sharing daily illustrations of the rapper’s lyrical struggles. Our most recent favorite? Jay Z’s newfound issue with the hyphen.
Kate: “We Can’t Stop” Thirty-Seven Times: the latest pop reworkings curated by Mabson Enterprises
Are you also obsessed with “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, and the insanity that is her new music video? It’s okay to admit that you’ve got a little love in your heart for this decidedly grown-up summer jam by the former Hannah Montana, because Miley isn’t just for your kid sister anymore. If you want to protect your street cred and still enjoy this guilty pleasure, check out Mabson Enterprises compendium of “We Can’t Stop” remixes, brought to you by some seriously legit – and eclectic – DJs and remix artists. Kyle Mabson has facilitated the deconstruction of other pop gems, like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” but there’s something uniquely satisfying about this latest installment. Personally, I can’t stop listening to the remixes by Dan Deacon, Extreme Animals, Party Trash, and COPS. Name your own price and download now.
In this day and age, you never know what people can and can’t eat. It can be awkward in group eating situations to both present personal limitations, and to respond to the dietary limitations of others. I know I often find myself hosting dinner parties with an array of limitations from vegan to gluten free. Design Sponge offers great advice on how to manage the social side of dietary restrictions.
H.L.: Kings of Summer
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age tale about three teenagers who are tired of living life according to the rules set out for them by their parental units & society. Inspired to break away from the day-to-day drudgery, they go to the woods to build their own house so they can abide by their own rules. If you’re in the mood for a quirky comedy, you’ve got to check out this indie gem!