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Weekend Reads: August 21, 2015

Our special guest this week is BuzzFeed culture writer Doree Shafrir sharing some of her favorite stories recently.

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In Grantland, Molly Lambert explores why it’s rough for women in Hollywood (or, maybe, anywhere) who are more successful than their partners. Favorite line: “The Hollywood dating pool is apparently so small that even Taylor ‘Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)’ Swift has decided it’s cool to let besties recycle dick.”

Danez Smith is one of the most searing, beautiful writers out there. He's written a poetic essay for Gawker that got me right in the heart: “You don’t know what you are but you know you shouldn’t be. but you know that when D’Angelo sings how he sings looking how he looks, inside you something breaks open & then that odd flood of yes, a storm you can’t call a storm but the wind sounds like your name.”

In New York Magazine, Alexis Swerdloff has written one of the most delightful profiles I've read in awhile, about the wild genius Erin Yogasundram, the 23-year-old founder, CEO, and public face of teen fashion company Shop Jeen. The store's aesthetic, Swerdloff writes, is “a twisted combination of a vintage Oriental Trading catalogue, some sort of high-concept New Museum Triennial commission, and one of those stores on Canal Street that sells FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING FUCK T-shirts.”

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