Quoted

People shouldn’t have to appear always, you know, stable and content, because people aren’t always stable and content. And it makes it harder…because we don’t have the freedom to express all of these darker sides of our emotions. Because we’re supposed to keep everything very, you know, friendly and polite and appropriate all the time. And I think that every emotion is appropriate whenever it arises.

– Fiona Apple

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Reading…

Injun by Jordan Abel. Technically for the thesis. I don’t know that this is my favourite of Abel’s works. It’s fascinating, but in a lot of ways I feel like he did the same things only better in Un/Inhabited.

 

Watching…

All the season premiers! Seriously one of the best times of year for me. Two favourites: The Good Place (Kooky and a little absurd, Kristen Bell is absolutely in her element in this one) and This Is Us (Because since Parenthood ended, I haven’t had something that is guaranteed to make me cry every week, and this one definitely fills that void. Plus Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley.)

 

Listening…

The cover of “Jolene” that Pentatonix recently released with freaking Dolly Parton. I love love love this song in pretty much all iterations, but this one takes the cake in a lot of ways.

Quoted

I have this theory about words. There’s a thousand ways to say “Pass the salt.” It could mean, “Can I have some salt?” Or it could mean, “I love you.” It could mean, “I’m very annoyed with you.” Really, the list could go on and on. Words are little bombs, and they have a lot of energy inside of them.

— Christopher Walken

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Reading…

I’m actually still slowly making my way through Meghan Daum’s The Unspeakable. Her essay on being someone who loves animals perhaps a little too much really hit home for me. Can we talk about the fact that I tear up at lost cat posters? Or maybe not. It might make me cry.

 

Watching…

Re-watching New Girl. I needed a sitcom-y palette cleanser. I’ve been tired this week. I loved the early seasons just as much upon re-watching them. I’ve just reached the point where I stopped watching last time because I was starting to feel kind of “meh” about the whole series, so we’ll see how things go from here on out.

 

Listening…

THE NEW JULY TALK ALBUM. Listen to it. Love it. Seriously.

Read This

Required Reading. This is what it is like to be a woman in this world. And it makes me angry. It should make you angry too. Read it: Marry Karr’s “The Crotchgrabber“.

I particularly appreciated these paragraphs, early in the essay:

“In case you haven’t been on the receiving end of this sort of assault, you should know the primal physiological response it evokes—in this woman, anyway. The stomach drops, as if you’ve been shoved backward from a skyscraper and are flailing through space. Time dismantles. There are more frames per second, and people’s facial features become very specific. This guy had a squashed-down forehead, wide-set eyes, and heavy but neatly waxed brows.

Cops later told me my description was uncannily detailed—the result, I think, of the kind of change in perception post-traumatic-stress experts call “hypervigilance.” The reptilian area of the brain jolts you either to do battle or to bolt. Adrenaline and cortisol juice through you like a hit of meth, so you might find yourself still up and jittery at 4 a.m. (maybe even watching something as god-awful as “Waterworld,” the way I later did).”

Read the whole piece here.

Quoted

Only a man who knows what it’s like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win.

— Muhammad Ali

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Reading…

The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum. When I discover a writer I genuinely like, I have a tendency to dig deep into their body of work. My interest in Daum started with a piece in Harper’s Bazaar about choosing not to have kids. Then it was the collection of essays on the same topic, edited by Daum. Next I finally picked up her personal essays. In what is perhaps an illogical or contrary approach, I started wit the most recent collection first. The writing is fantastic. It is easy to see why Daum is lauded as a master of the personal essay. Her unflinching, at times mildly horrifying, honesty in this collection has won me over. It makes me uncomfortable, sometimes, to recognize myself in the essays. But that’s kind of the point. These are things no one wants to talk about, but things we all deal with.

 

Watching…

Law and Order: SVU. I did it. I jumped down the rabbit hole. My well-documented obsession with the Chicago shows, also created by Dick Wolf, means that I have watched a handful of crossover episodes prior to this, but I hadn’t really felt an interest in watching the show beyond this despite consistently being told it was good. And then I did. And I get it. It’s damn good. To be fair, I started with what was on Netflix. I jumped in at season 13. But I love it. Maybe the back catalog is next?

 

Listening…

The Cat Empire. I started listening to them on the advice of a friend. So now I pass this advice on to you. Listen.