Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // August 25, 2017

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // August 25, 2017

Apropos of nothing except for that they’re awesome, this is the all lady version of TableTalk. Herewith: great content to spark your discussions of celebrating the wiser, fairer sex.

How Female Chefs Are Changing Restaurant Kitchen Culture

We’ve worked with some super star women chefs: Roxanne Spruance, Patti Jackson, Sung Kim in New York, and Sarah Welch in Detroit have absolutely slayed in past Invasions, and we can’t wait to work with them all again. This Vogue reporter enjoyed the envy-inducing job of meeting with great women chefs all over the country, tasting and describing for us in great detail the dishes, while telling stories of their career paths  and often novel-sounding (yet so logical! and compassionate!) approaches to running their kitchens and businesses.

The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

We’re always looking for great new content for the PlaceInvaders playlist; while you guys only hear it once in awhile, we hear it ALL THE DAMN TIME. We’re pulling tons from this list, and spending plenty of time reading NPR’s commentary on each album, with anecdotes of each artist’s place in their era, and sometimes speculation how the works might have been received differently were they produced another time (or by a man).

My Vision of the Future

Man, do we love Cindy Gallop. And not even only because of the once-in-a-lifetime Invasion we hosted in her epic Black Apartment. Seriously, if you are not familiar with this woman, take a minute right fucking now. She’s just--in her own signature term--fan-bloody-tastic. Cindy sees a future not 100% only based on earning more for the already wealthy that will make the term “work” obsolete, and see us “living what we work and working what we live, based on what we believe in, are passionate about and good at...” Preach, friend. That’s exactly what we aimed for starting this business.

This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley

The very necessary and overdue conversation about the tech industry’s long entrenched history of discrimination against women began to bubble up due to Ellen Pao’s lawsuit against her employer, the VC firm Kleiner Perkins. Her book is out next month; we’re pre-ordering at least a few copies. Pao’s depiction of the “million little cuts” misogyny demonstrates that abuse is not always an explicit, grab-em-by act. This excerpt in NY Mag is absolutely worth your read, and we bet you’ll order a copy, too.

Who Killed Taylor Swift?

Is the old Taylor Swift dead? Everyone on the entire internet seems to have an opinion and she’s only released one audio track (well, and that album art). We find her to be an extremely calculated creator of her own buzz, and she’s killing it once again. To us this song feels very Britney circa 2000. Check the shout out to Right Said Fred in the songwriting credits. 🐍