Quick & Quotable: April 26th

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On The Palace You Can Be Anything You Want to Be— The Outline

“Dollz were especially popular with women, who generated more diverse avatars through pixel editing, which is seen through saved files from the time. The anonymity that the space brought forth created its own challenges, but it was the feature that let girls and women on the internet experiment with power, identity, and creativity. A users’ avatar could stand naked in a crowded room, experiment in gender or sexuality, or tell their secrets. Women in that time understood already what it meant to perform online, and were already experimenting with ways of subverting that,” Evans said. “It was just a more fluid time on the internet.”

How Shia LeBeouf Became a Style Icon in Uggs— The New Yorker

"Intriguingly for a star known for public outbursts, LaBeouf’s style has stirred interest not because it is outrageous but, rather, because it is just the slightest bit off—revealing in its small but significant diversions from the norm the underlying conventions that most of us adhere to, and opening up a path to reconsider them anew.”

Net-a-Porter Founder’s Next Act Is a Venture Capital Firm— Business of Fashion

"Ms. Massenet has teamed up with Nick Brown, an investor in consumer start-ups, to form Imaginary Ventures. The new firm announced on Tuesday that it has raised $75 million for its first fund, money that the two expect to pour into direct-to-consumer start-ups like Glossier, which sells beauty product to millennials, and Keeps, a hair-loss prevention company.”

The Mad Dash to Buy Vintage Clothes on Instagram— Bloomberg Businessweek

“You don’t think about it as much when it’s a race to buy it first,” said Rose Soiffer-Kosins, a 21-year-old student who runs her own Instagram shop, Ecru Vintage, out of Claremont, Calif. “If you miss out on a vintage piece, you’re probably not going to find it again. It’s a new kind of consumerism.”

Novelist and T Editor Hanya Yanagihara on the 'Slap-You-In-The-Face' Power of Magazines— Adage

"For every child who's growing up in a small town, magazines really were the portal to something bigger. I remember getting the Village Voice and getting Colors magazine when I was a teenager in Hawaii. Especially when you live in a provincial town, magazines really were a way of reminding yourself there's a bigger world out there," she says. "The power of finding a good image, of having it slap you across the face, of having a story find you I think are what magazines still do in whatever form they exist."