A brief (yet complete) Monday link round-up.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve:

  • traveled to freezing Michigan without more layers than 1 thrift store cashmere sweater (not smart);
  • came up with a seriously half-baked Halloween costume at the last minute (middling smart), and
  • cooked what is arguably the most superb vegetable barley soup on this earth (SMART).

While I wish I’d had more time to find interesting things on the Internet, most of my energy has been focused on work for clients. C’est la vie!Here’s a more organized (than usual) list of things I’ve found recently:

  1. Freemium Access from the New Yorker:  “Never in the history of the modern world has there been a better time to be a cheapskate. All you need is a connection or two—a mother, a father-in-law, a brother, someone else’s brother, some mystery uploader in Estonia—and you’re flush with all the news or moving images or music that you could possibly consume.”
  2. Those of us who think the Pumpkin Spice Latte™ is disgusting are growing in number! Throw some cinnamon in your coffee and get on your way if you’re looking for a real fall flavor fix. That said, I did enjoy this piece from The Awl on the PSL, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the white ladies that love both of those things.
  3. On advertising and the ‘altar’ of creativity: “Our profession is full of people who mindlessly spew their recipes for brand success, but sadly most of what the poseurs say (and do) is total garbage.”
  4. M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the myth of/nostalgia around French food.
  5. Speaking of the French. Flaubert to Maupassant: “You complain about fucking being ‘monotonous’. There’s a simple remedy: cut it out for a bit.” Well, alright.

Back to the week!

Heatwave! Heatwave!!

Blame it on the insanely insane hot weather here in Atlanta, but I’m feeling pretty optimistic on this blazing Monday afternoon. (A lot of that, to be honest, is due to being in an air-conditioned office building and no longer cooped up in my rather stagnant, un-AC’d house.)

What’s been cool on the Internet this week?

  • Who’s Your City?: “Too many places…market themselves as if they are some sort of mini-Brooklyn instead of as who they really are at heart.” I think this lends an interesting perspective to Creative Cities/Class/Economy theories, in which urban renewal/economic development can be reflected by the number of creative entrepreneurs in a metropolitan area (while we’re boiling things down). (LOL.) Should we be relying on sheer numbers of hipsters to define the brand perception of where we live? If so, is Atlanta defined by bearded twentysomethings in East Atlanta Village? Or rappers? Is it gross to say “brand perception” in regards to cities? Questions!
  • Speaking of the Creative X theories, this article on “The Fall of the Creative Class” has been making it around my Internet circles. There are lots of good points to be read here, even if I don’t necessarily agree with all/most of them. I mostly squinched up my face while reading the article because the whole thing smacked of privilege and inconvenience. Which is always an enthralling angle.
  • Why Weird Experiences Boost Creativity: “With your brain re-shuffled, you’ll be in a better position to be creative.”
  • So, I’m someone looking to build a career in social media listening and community-building. This article at Get Sponge discusses how great community managers aren’t necessarily those who’d call themselves “experts” (where’s your self-awareness?), but people who understand how to adapt to needs, grow, and perform accordingly. You do your best work when you’re empowered to be creative and do great things! That’s that.
  • You’ve likely heard about the passing of Nora Ephron this past week. I loved this snippet of hers. What does it say about navel-gazing and blogging and storytelling? Food for thought. (H/T The Awl)

Stay cool, y’all!