Surprise me View in browser
Detail from Women by Kenesha Sneed  

This week
I hit some deadlines. I sent 74 emails (by the time you're reading this, 75). I took several long walks in the park. I said yes. I said no. I laughed and cried at Pop Up magazine. I had a Lyft driver tell me about his chameleon-breeding business and confirm that it's the ultimate stoner pet. I called my reps in Congress and emailed my city councilperson. I made something called a cromlet. And on the podcast, Amina and I talked about being new in town.

I'm reading
A solitary journey across Antarctica. The biggest farm in America. For young immigrants, the future is on hold. Are border-wall prototypes "art"? What American kids are learning about slavery. What is "credible," and who is #MeToo really silencing? Rampant harassment in the food-service industry, at WNYC, and at indie movie theaters. Is there a smarter way to think about sexual assault on campus? A short story about retroactively considering an office dynamic. On misogyny as a systemic issue, not a personal bias. Historically, male critics dislike stories of female friendship. The poet, author, and sociologist Eve Ewing on challenging your own ideas of failure. When every brand looks the same, how can you tell what's a ripoff? How witchcraft got whitewashed. What it's like to be evicted. How Facebook is killing comedy... and really most fun things on the internet. A deep dive into Sophie B. Hawkins' "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover." Timotée Chalamet in conversation with Frank Ocean. Barbara Kruger is an inspiration. A brief history of how women started shaving, and how fembots took over social media. "Kim Jong-un’s Ivanka." FEMA is failing Puerto Rico. A postcard from Hearst Castle. The most influential job in America is open right now. How a collective organizing effort freed Bresha Meadows. A man who uses a supercomputer to monitor his own body. What babies do to female ambition. The surprising persistence of the Farmer's Almanac. The case against sidewalks. "Sometimes you can just cut out the thing that doesn't work."

Also, whoops, last week I accidentally linked to 2017's National Magazine Award nominees. Here's the link to this year's industry favorites.

Members only
Join the few, the proud, the 10% of subscribers who support me with a little cash each year: Become a paying member for just $5. What are you missing, besides my undying gratitude and affection? This week, it's a pie chart about snacks marketed to women.

I’m looking & listening

It's a great time to remind your representatives that you want them to protect DACA recipients. [gif via Small Victories]

I endorse
Rejecting the following request:
"Dial down the feminism" with the two options being "Complicit in my own dehumanisation" and "raging feminist"
via Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes

A milestone!
I'm approaching the 5-year anniversary of this newsletter. Can you believe it? I've sent almost 250 of these things. (Holy mother of Gmail.) I'm planning a very fun anniversary edition and I want to know: What's something you've done on a weekly basis for at least five years?

March 6, L.A.: In conversation with Joy Press at Skylight Books about her new book on women in TV
March 13, L.A.: In conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch and Amber Tamblyn at the LA Public Library's ALOUD series

You endorse
It's not exactly a secret that "art history and comprehensive survey art museums have excluded work of and by artists who are black," writes Susan Sawyers. She sent along this TED Talk by Titus Kaphar, and recommends the work of Jacob Lawrence, Gwendolyn Knight, Bettye Saar, Lorna Simpson, Derrick Adams, Gordon Parks, Janes Van der Zee, who are "but a few of a long legacy of names and faces whose work is often excluded from the academy."

And when it comes to the modern canon, the Black Contemporary Art tumblr, which Kimberly Drew created in 2011, is a great resource.

Would you like to un-whitewash a corner of history or culture? Submit your thoughts and links here.

The Classifieds

Want to read things longer than a social media post but short enough for lunch hour? Try Inbox Stories. Story + recommendations each month.
NOT MADE TO BE PRECIOUS. Leather & Hemp Weekenders, Briefcases, and Portfolios by Kámen Road. Portland, Oregon. Women Founded-Owned.
With over 3 million members and 18,000 classes, Skillshare is basically Netflix for online learning. Take classes in marketing, business, technology, design and much more. The first 100 Ann Friedman readers can get 2 months of unlimited access for only 99 cents here. Start learning today!

We spend hours reading the internet every day, then assemble the best of it into a short, meme-filled summary. You should check it out:

Meet Juno, a new mag bringing urinary incontinence out of the shadows. Read real women’s stories, submit your own, and join our community!

This Valentine’s Day #treatyoself by joining the exclusive virtual co-working space for solopreneurs. Unlike your spouse, we’ll never get bored talking about your business. Apply today.

Stop waiting around for people to find you and
introduce yourself directly with a classified ad.

"Just read the pie chart in @annfriedman 's newsletter and I feel so seen. Forever glad I subscribed! #HappyFriday" -Katrina. This newsletter aspires to see and be seen.

"Our team Slack is having an intense debate on what newsletters do not suck. Honorable mentions: @erinruberry @lauraolin @s_m_i @annfriedman @girlsnightinHQ @anotherround" -Tammy Gordon. Always happy to be in the "does not suck" category.

This newsletter has never dialed it down.
To keep it 100, hit forward.

Ann Friedman

Email Tumblr Email


Manage Preferences | Unsubscribe | Ladyswagger, Inc.
PO Box 26932 | Los Angeles, CA 90026
© 2018