This is the first of what I hope will be a monthly feature. I’ve collected links to some of the greatest things I’ve seen around the internet. Since this is the first Monthly Collection, these are some of my all time favourites.

New York Times recently  ran an article about the joys of travelling alone. The photo above is from that article. Though I am not travelling this summer, I am becoming more comfortable with the idea of spending time alone.

This Vulture article on James Gandolfini is incredible. I was a big Sopranos fan, and thought this was a fantastic article. The world has lost a great actor and a better man.

I read this list of horrible book covers with my dad, and we both laughed until we cried.

An article from The New Yorker in 1996 that Kelly sent to me once. The Science of Shopping explains the psychology behind the things we do when we shop.

I have never loved The Great Gatsby, but I still want this sweatshirt.

This is the story about a man’s encounter with a woman who learned to surf at seventy-seven. The lesson learned: State of mind will always be more important than age.

I came across Chris Arnade‘s Faces of Addiction photography series over a year ago. He tells the stories of addicts he meets in Hunts Point, New York. He takes photos, and lets each person tell their own story. He has connected with certain people since he started the project, and continues to photograph many of them.

This is the beautiful, heartbreaking story of a man who photographed his cat throughout their life together. The collection is called One Cat, Three Lives. I cried when I read it.

In keeping with the theme of photography in New York, Humans of New York is brilliant. Many of you probably already know of it, but if you don’t the stories and photos are brilliant.

If you’re in need of a weekend soundtrack, Frank Ocean’s first mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra is incredible. It’s free to download from the Odd Future website. His version of Strawberry Swing is perfect.

That’s all for July’s Monthly Collection. Let me know what you think of it, and what you think of the idea of starting this as a monthly feature. Have a great Saturday!

Song of the Day: Locked in the Trunk of a Car by The Tragically Hip

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