Reading with friends: Caitlin Agnew
Brand new month means another edition of Reading With Friends, I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Caitlin!
#1: Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon
I’ve idolized Kim Gordon ever since I saw Sonic Youth’s video for “Kool Thing” on Much Music way back when. Her badass vibes, nonchalant sex appeal and mod-meets-nineties wardrobe still get me like whoa. Girl in a Band opens with a gut-wrenching snapshot of Kim in Sao Paulo, performing her last show with Sonic Youth as both her marriage and her band are breaking apart. She goes back to tell her story from childhood in Cali then New York as an adult (plus a stint at Toronto’s York University!) and up to today. It’s similar to Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kidsin that Kim knows everyone and, like Patti, is a true artist. And both women seem to get even cooler with every passing day #lifegoals.
#2: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I don’t always have the greatest memory when it comes to plotlines, but Station Eleven really stuck with me and I suspect it’s why I keep having post-apocalyptic dreams. Set in Toronto (maybe another reason why it seems more “real” to me), it follows a loosely connected group of people through a flu pandemic and the subsequent dismantling of civilization. Can you imagine how you’d survive if everything you knew (including the Internet!!!) was wiped out? Me neither. If you’re looking for a page-turner that’s as beautiful as it is scary, this is your jam.
#3: My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seineby Kate Betts
This book was hyped as just one more in the endless line of “Parisian style how-tos,” but it’s actually about the early days in the career of an extremely talented writer successful journalist. Before Kate Betts became the fashion news editor at Vogue and, then, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, she earned her chops overseeing Parisian fashion coverage for Women’s Wear Daily in the 1980s. My Paris Dream chronicles her years there, combining her lessons in perfecting her own version of BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) with developing her voice as a writer and industry expert. And if, like me, you happen to have a certain fondness for insider tales from the Paris fashion world, then all the better.
Happy reading my friends!