This week: fundamental books, unrealistic real estate, and antique couture.
- I don’t believe in worrying overmuch about whether television characters could realistically afford their homes, but I have to admit, this expert analysis of famous TV real estate is a lot of fun.
- This introduction to great opening film and TV titles features some modern classics, and if you’re in to that sort of thing, the site mentioned, Art of the Title, has long been a favorite of mind. Sometimes it’s a bit on the obscure, technical side, but it’s still fascinating, and the video collection is incredible.
- The Museum of the City of New York has a new online exhibition—with a smooth interface and gorgeous photographs—of nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century couture by Worth and Mainbocher. I’m having a ball looking through the Worth gowns and imagining which Edith Wharton characters would wear which, but even if you’re not semi-obsessed with The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, it’s worth checking out. (Via Jezebel.)
- This Reading Is Fundamental PSA is adorable—and so packed with characters and allusions that it rewards multiple viewings. Plus, it’s impossible to argue with the message. Reading is fundamental.