Some New Trend

Some New Trend Loves Birmingham by Carrie Rollwagen

n672180380_8413219_5294996We haven’t posted much about it, but one of our favorite parts of this project has been supporting—and enjoying support from—our amazing artistic community here in Birmingham, Alabama.

Last night both Kevin and I had the pleasure of volunteering for and partying with Bici Coop, a local bicycle cooperative doing fantastic community work. The shop is led by our good friends (and Some New Trend contributors) Elisa Munoz, Anna Carrigan, and Alan Barton.

Some New Trend donated prizes for the event—our own American Apparel potato-printed t-shirts and bags, which you can purchase here if so inclined—and one of our t-shirts was modeled by race winner Edwin Marty, a Birmingham celebrity who does amazing work with Jones Valley Urban Farm, a community-based non-profit that grows organic produce and flowers. (BTW, wearing a skirt was a requirement of yesterday’s race—inspired by Bike Skirt—for both men and women. We like how Edwin’s skirt brings out the colors in his Some New Trend shirt!)

Thanks to these community organizations, both for their support of Some New Trend, and for their impact on our city. And thanks to the local media who’ve supported us along the way, especially Sam at freeThinkBham , Carla Jean of Birmingham Magazine, Glenny Brock of The Birmingham Weekly, and The Terminal.


List Wednesdays :: Anna Picks 19th C. Horrific Tragedies by Kevin Wilder
This week’s list comes from our neighbor and friend Anna Carrigan. Anna is both a public health professional and appreciator of countless books. She works at the Homewood Public Library and represents 1/3 the leadership of local BiciCoop. Thanks, Anna!
When I was asked to create a book list for the creative and inspiring book/blog Some New Trend, I decided that it would be a perfect opportunity to show off how well-read and intelligent I am.  So, without further ado, I give you….
Horrific Tragedies of the 19th Century!

These are the gut-wrenching, make you (either) curl up and cry like a baby (or) stare in horror kind of books, so get ready.
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Affairs, death.
2. Villette by Charlotte Bronte – A girl struggles through life, has a glimmer of hope that is opposed by everyone, and gets it snatched away from her at the bitter end.
3. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot -A brother and sister, a father with a grudge, seduction, and a dude with a limp.  According to Wikipedia it has a “dues ex machina” ending.
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – A man murders some folks and then suffers for it throughout the entire book.
5. Anything by Thomas Hardy – Rape, seduction, rejection, deception, hate, murder, greed…this man has it all. Some examples: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
6. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – I can’t think of a way to sum this up in one sentence; it is way too complicated.  I read the abridged version too (which I would recommend, unless you’re really into long descriptive narratives about war and politics).
7. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – Affairs, death.
* The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – ok so it was published in 1915 so it’s technically not a 19th century novel, but come on people! It’s terribly magnificent!