Friday, May 31, 2019

What *is* it about the Kardashians?

Knowing how keenly I'm fixated on the topic of hair, my friend Eric recently sent me this Youtube link of a guy getting a very weird haircut (by Rob The Original).
My apologies for not following the episodes of Life with the Kardashians. I had to turn to Bustle.com to learn the faces are of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters: Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kylie, and Kendall.

Actually, it was easy to find posts about the Youtube post to figure that out. What was less easy to find was a google search for what, exactly, it *is* about the Kardashians?

Eventually, I landed on an article on The Daily Beast. The article, titled "The Dangerous Kardashian Effect and the Profound Impact of the Superficial," is written by documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, on the subject of her movie "Generation Wealth." A very worthy article, and film.

Here's just one quote she offers, from American billionaire David Siegel, who said "money doesn't make you happy. It just makes you unhappy in a good section of town." I read this insight out loud to my husband. He laughed with me, then said "we should put that on our door."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

1970s hair

I've been working on a narrative history write-up of the family, and as I've pored over photos, I've been struck by how dramatically hair styles shifted, especially between the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1967, my brothers and I wore short crops. Mine was called a pixie cut, theirs were called crew cuts. Clearly, the Beatles' hairstyles hadn't caught on with our family.


By 1972, though, my siblings and I had adopted the long-hair fashions. 


A more thorough overview of the hairstyles of the 1960s and 1970s are found at these blessedly uncluttered websites:


Recently I shared the photo below taken in 1972 with my writing group. "Oh dear," my friend Sue said when she saw it. "We all looked like that back then, didn't we?" So we did.