weekend links: genderless nipples, beach reads, 1,000 eggs

Marius Sperlich,  Painters  (2018). Image courtesy Gabriel Wickbold Studio and Gallery/ Artsy .

Marius Sperlich, Painters (2018). Image courtesy Gabriel Wickbold Studio and Gallery/Artsy.

Instagram has become the home of many fledgling artists trying to build a base, but for those artists working with nude subjects the platform is proving difficult to acclimate to. Instagram’s guidelines and algorithms are constant obstacles for nude artists, and the wrath of Instagram is as swift as it is arbitrary. Kelsey Ables talks to nude artists, discusses the biases that inform Instagram’s algorithms, and calls into question the capitalist roots of censorship. [Artsy]

What is a “Beach Read” if not simply a book that you read at the beach? Allison Duncan tackles this question in this detailed and funny analysis of the informal genre. Duncan also makes a point to include a massive variety of Beach Reads in her piece, so if you’re looking for a good book to read this season look no further. [Vulture]

The Rarámuri people in Mexico have been forced from their homelands and into the city of Chihuahua due to increased violence. But they have not let their severance from their homeland become a severance from their identity and continue to practice their customs, most notably their creating and wearing of incredibly intricate dresses. These dresses form the basis of the Rarámuri culture, but also inhibit the women’s economic mobility. [The New York Times]

When adapting a book into a movie some content has to be cut, but what remains becomes entirely fleshed out on screen. When adapting a book into a graphic novel, not even the scenes that remain get fully showcased. Tobias Carroll takes the reader through the process of turning novels into their drawn counterparts, and how creators decide what gets added and what gets dropped. [Lit Hub]

Taking a road trip across America is a rite of passage for many Americans, but beyond the coming of age ritual, what does the open road offer? Joshua Greer’s book Somewhere Along The Line explores this question, and in this interview he talks about his book and the inspirations and methodology behind it. [VICE]

To Olivia Campbell, a ballet dancer’s goal is to perform not as a person but as an abstraction of one. To do so, the ballerina requires pointe shoes, specially designed footwear that enables ballerinas to stand exclusively on their toes. Campbell writes about the origins of the shoes, and how they have evolved over the years to their present form. [Aeon]

1000 eggs + teenagers dressed as phalluses + Will Ferrell = a performance art piece that lets women do everything society tells them not to. [Hyperallergic]

—Nicolas Perez