Sometimes quickly summarizing an article into three-sentence blog bytes doesn’t do it justice. That’s why we’re inaugurating our new Longer Reads section. It’s fascinating articles that deserve to be read in full, chewed on, mulled over, and then commented upon. This week:
- Whatever happened to street style? The Business of Fashion worries that today’s “street style stars” – with their head-to-toe labels and “photographer bait” outfits – are stifling true personal style.
- You might have missed this unexpectedly touching tribute to Kate Moss “written” by Naomi Campbell in The Standard. As Kate turns 40, her best friend recounts their early days together, and how they formed a nurturing and committed friendship in an industry not known for fostering warm fuzzies.
- When a reporter outed transgender scientist Essay Anne Vanderbilt, she felt dehumanized and eventually committed suicide. Now The Advocate looks at The Deadly Effects of Outing.
- It’s Grammy day! It’s Grammy day! From Grammy.com: A look back at Mchael Jackson’s historic and game-changing domination at the 1984 Grammy Awards, and the impact and legacy of Thriller. Interesting takeaway: “Michael would do many, many vocal takes. We were doing ‘Billie Jean’ at Westlake Audio in L.A., and we did 91 vocal takes. The final take that went on the album was take two.” CUH-RAAAAAZY
- A sweet profile in the Pacific Standard about an out gay couple living in the ultra-conservative farming town of Red Cloud, Nebraska.
- Chances are your favorite TED talk is just a string of lies, and Salon thinks the creative class has never been more screwed.
- Why, exactly, is Peter Pan always played by a woman? A history of the casting of the casting of JM Barie’s legendary character over at Slate.
- PR experts at the New York Daily News weigh in on Justin Bieber’s image crisis and figure out how to fix it.