"As I’ve written elsewhere—and argued, often drunkenly, at cocktail parties—the four friends operated as near-allegorical figures, pegged to contemporary debates about women’s lives, mapped along three overlapping continuums. The first was emotional: Carrie and Charlotte were romantics; Miranda and Samantha were cynics. The second was ideological: Miranda and Carrie were second-wave feminists, who believed in egalitarianism; Charlotte and Samantha were third-wave feminists, focussed on exploiting the power of femininity, from opposing angles. The third concerned sex itself. At first, Miranda and Charlotte were prudes, while Samantha and Carrie were libertines. Unsettlingly, as the show progressed, Carrie began to [...]
"Dear Nerds: If you’re getting upset that fucking Hollywood is too diverse for you, you need to have a long, hard look at the inherent racism of your racist-ass medium."
"Whether Jimmy Choos, Pumas or Toms, shoes let us stand out as individuals while fitting into similarly shod social groups. The complex relationship between the social and the personal is why it’s so hard to tell much about a shoe’s owner from a photograph alone — and why shoes are so interesting. Their meanings require, and sometimes reveal, broader cultural context."
"The act of nail-clipping at least once a week is a pleasing task to undertake for its strange mercenariness, and also incredibly satisfying once the results are seen."
"Photography was once an act of intent, the pushing of a button to record a moment. But photography is becoming an accident, the curatorial attention given to captured images."
"In a time when feelings of insecurity run high and people shy away, the selfie is an instant of boldness."
"When people say it makes more sense when you see them live, that’s usually a surefire sign that their record is going to suck."
"[T]ravel with handsome luggage, as schlepping around a lousy, ugly, torn and/or unpractical bag is depressing."
"The worst thing about travelling is having to drag stuff around, so please forget some purists’ mantra that wheelie bags are a no-no. In fact, rolling carry-on luggage is one of the most fabulous inventions of the 20th century."
"A hashtag is the Greek chorus of the Internet. It tells everyone what the theme is, but it doesn’t do it very well. It’s the laugh-track-gone-concerned on an ‘80s sitcom’s Very Special Episode—that hushed 'ooh'when something bad (yet solvable!) is about to happen. It’s what you mutter to someone in line next to you—who’s not listening. It’s lazy writing. It’s tell, don’t show. It’s a group of backup singers, lip-syncing."
"If you know how to play chess and you know how to box, you know how to chessbox."
"Twitter may not be something you want to be good at, but to being good at twitter means being as much like a sixteen year old as possible."
"Food could be love of a sort, but chocolate won’t text to say it misses me during the day."
"That whole phrase exists because there was no definition for what was actually going on. When all the artists were doing what we now call Impressionism, they couldn't name it at the time so they just said, 'squiggly painting,' 'crazy artists.' That's what 'famous for being famous' sounds like to me: a person not being able to properly define what a movement is and what that movement was doing." —For those of you who always had the sense that Paris Hilton was some sort of art project, here is your sweet vindication.