What are you up to this weekend? I'm hoping to finish seaming a wee sweater and to get the hang of riding a bike (a skill that never quite stuck with me).
- Two eye-opening reads: In "Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights"(The Hairpin), Susan Schorn folds the story of her creative family into a discussion of the Hobby Lobby contraceptive case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide by the end of the month; at NewYorker.com, Amy Merrick wonders why college students—who traditionally have fought for better working conditions in factories—continue to support fast-fashion chains like Forever 21, where cheap clothing comes at a high human cost.
- How about Kate Davies's wonderful series of posts showcasing the Great Tapestry of Scotland?
- I grew up not far from Oak Spring, the garden estate of Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon, but was unaware of its existence until I saw this story in the New York Times Style Magazine. According to a Vanity Fair profile, Mellon's design philosophy was "Nothing should be noticed."She clearly made an exception for Yellow Expanse, the glorious golden Rothko painting that leaps out of the third image of the Times slideshow. I wonder what will happen to it now. (Mellon died in March 2014.)
- Minneapolis is bursting with world-class museums. Last Saturday I spent a happy afternoon exploring the third floor of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Walker Art Center and the Mpls Photo Center are next on my list. (My summer goal is to be able to bike to the Walker and back.) The latest Art Assignment video, How to Visit an Art Museum, is full of wonderful advice, even if you're a relatively seasoned visitor. Even better is the debate in the comments—I love seeing people get so passionate about art.