Something that everyone who knows me has probably observed, but is too nice to say: I am a fountain of facts. My sentences frequently start with, “Well, I was reading this fascinating story about …” Or, “Did you know that ..?” Or “The New York Times said …”
I have a broad range of interests–non-fiction reading is the spice of my life! But this is my weekly post where I select my favorite stories that I think you should read. Because they are interesting, because they are cool, because they are useful, and because next time you get together with your peeps, you’ll have some very interesting and well-informed opinions to add to the conversation. (And guess what? No one asked me to put in these links. I chose them completely of my own accord.)
- SNL welcomed its first female and black cast member, and she is hilarious. Just watch this great short where she recounts a tale of street harassment. Girl manages to make me laugh and also shrink her harasser down to three inches tall at the same time. (Because you know this is a topic dear to my heart.)
- Jon Stewart says what I’ve been thinking about all those people saying the cold snap disproves the existence of climate change. Except, of course, he is way more hilarious.
- This video shows all the ways in which New York City streets has gone from death trap to cycle-friendly over the past decade.
- Are GMO haters the climate deniers of the left?
- My friend sent me this story of a health nut who found herself with hyperthyroidism and five cavities. Thus proving moderation is the key to life. Yes, even moderation of juicing and veggies.
- MaxMara is going sustainable with its Weekend collection! Which is kind of surprising to me, but why not? I’ll be there when the dresses hit the store.
- London is thinking about a bike superhighway. Can we have one too, pretty please?
- Eek! That annoying feeling of dried-out winter hands drops my happiness levels by 15%. So I was pleased to find this recipe for natural hand cream.
- Sharing is Good. How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption seems like a lovely primer on the collaborate economy, especially how to participate.
- New York City is going to start heating home using food waste, thanks to the new compost collection program.
- I found this New York Times opinion discussing how systemic evil makes good people do bad things–within corporations and government organizations, not just Nazi Germany. It’s something to keep in mind if you ever wonder how oil, food, and pharmaceutical corporations can justify what they do to themselves.
- Gwen Stefani is launching an eco-friendly fashion line. In other news, she’s looking really pretty and classy lately, right? This might actually be pretty good.
- If you want to encourage long-term thinking–like saving money, eating healthfully and focusing on your work instead of Facebook–just make sure you often see some lush natural ecosystems. It can even be a picture, though obviously a real tree is better.
- Where is sustainable fashion headed in 2014? Juliette Donatelli summarizes the changing trends.
- Would you eat eco-friendly, paleo bars made of crickets? Because they are hitting the market soon.
- Earth Tu Face, a farm-to-vanity skincare brand, is safe enough to eat.
- Anthony Bourdain is opening a huge, global food market in NYC.
- This must be the prettiest guide to ingredients to avoid in your beauty products I’ve ever see. I mean, you could frame that shit.