Weekly Roundup: What To Read This Weekend


This week: playlists for specific summer moods, the impossible “reversed steering” bicycle, ideas versus skills and more.

Music: Three of our new favorite musicians—Lucius, Sharon Van Etten and Kelela—made us summery playlists (just the thing to listen to while shopping summery arrivals), via Spotify.

Food: While it’s not Rand McNally–approved, this map of unofficial state foods is helping us plan our next vacation, via The Cooking Channel.

Travel: We’re giving away a trip for two to LA to see Kelela perform a Madewell Sessions show at our Santa Monica store, plus a stay at Palihouse West Hollywood, a $1,000 Madewell gift card and a Transport Tote. Enter to win here.

Clutter: Four highlights from Japanese organization guru Marie Kondo’s talk on getting rid of everything that doesn’t spark joy, via New York Magazine.

Originality: Renowned design professor Zelda Malan explains why she focuses on teaching ideas instead of skills, via It’s Nice That.

Whoa: In this video, an engineer learns to ride a “reversed steering” bicycle and then shows that, because of our brains’ algorithms, it’s impossible to then unlearn, via Kottke.

Word: jijivisha (n.; Hindi): an intense desire to live longer and experience lots of feelings.

See past roundups here and shop our newest arrivals here.

Photography by Angi Welsch.