Get Feral Tonight: Novella Carpenter reads from her new book Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild at Town Hall tonight. Carpenter, who is a former inhabitant of this city and a generally excellent person in person (she always looks at you when she talks), made some waves in the urbanist world a few years ago with the book Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer. If the city of the future hopes to be sustainable, it will have to see the return of farm animals.
Sit Your Ass Down at the Olympic Sculpture Park: The sculpture park is owned by Seattle Art Museum, but really it’s largely the legacy of two backers, Jon and Mary Shirley. Mary, who died last year, was a salty and passionate person. The board of trustees got together and pooled some money, and now there’s a silvery bench in her honor near the pavilion at the park. It looks a little like a curvy sliver of cloud, the silver lining, maybe, or maybe a curl off of one of the cigarettes she was always smoking. The artist is one of Shirley’s favorites, Ginny Ruffner, herself a gem.
Minimalism Is the New Maximalism: The new issue of Spartan, the local literary magazine with that bills itself as a home for "minimalist prose," is available for free online.
The George Lucas Museum! WTF.
Robin Thicke Is Just Asking for It: Read all about how Robin Thicke's Twitter interview turned into a PR nightmare:
If you HAD to choose, would you rather be remembered for a rape anthem, the public stalking of Paula or cultural appropriation?#AskThicke— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) June 30, 2014
Twice as Thicke: In other Thicke news, The Vulture published a survey of some of the worst moments on Thicke's new album, which is an uncomfortable ode to his wife Paula Patton, who recently dumped his ass.
The Pause That Refreshes: It's hot out there. Why don't you let this guy pour you a nice cool glass of Thai iced tea?