Substance over Style: the July edit

Valli backstage

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Backstage at the Giambattista Valli aw 2014 couture show

This month I made a conscious effort to spend some time away from the screen, encouraged by the arrival of summer in London and promises of picnic and boating and woods in the city. I’ve been thinking a lot about online content and how I read it, I’m certainly guilty of skimming. I love the idea of Paper Later, a new service that takes stuff you don’t want to read online and prints it in your own personalised newspaper. Genius, or just an excuse to litter my ‘office’ with unread papers? One suspects the latter….

Why being judged by the Esquire metric is sooo last year (New Republic)

Jill Abramson: ‘Is it hard to say I was fired? No. I’ve said it about 20 times, and it’s not‘ (Cosmopolitan)

Related? Most newsrooms are more than 60 percent men, whereas 73 to 85 percent of PR professionals are women, depending on how you tally it (NY Mag)

The Princess Effect: a dissection about how ladymags write about female politicians (Politico) vs. Marie Claire contributing editor Alyssa Mastromonaco: being informed and fashionable is natural for women (Washington Post)

The trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a fundamentally sexist one.. I’m sorry for coining the phrase (Salon) Nathan Rabin‘s original essay can be read here

‘He said’ vs. ‘she said’ (The Guardian)

Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas and rules to create meaningful new ideas (Business of Fashion)

How to make it as an independent filmmaker in America. He should know, he directed the Pineapple Express (Dazed Digital)

Love this! Dressed to serve: costume in the The Grand Budapest Hotel (Clothes on Film)

The tidy narrative may advance with clockwork precision, but the clock’s most prominent feature is the snooze button. Woody has ruffled some feathers. (New York Times)

Bonus read: how to be a better online reader (New Yorker)

Bonus bonus read (I really need to practice brevity): the New Yorker archive is open. And free.

Valli backstage

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Backstage at the Giambattista Valli aw 2014 couture show. All images via

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