Another week has passed and my summer of doing pretty much nothing continues to be delightful, in case you were wondering. I pass the time by reading things on the internet, thinking about researching for a thing that I want to write, making playlists that mostly have the same songs on them, and checking my horoscope constantly. I can’t say that I’m unhappy about this? I’m going to have to find some motivation soon, but for now this feels chill.
While I read a lot of stuff I liked this week, I picked these five to share with you (mostly because I saved them on Instapaper):
1. “The Down and Dirty History of TMZ” by Anne Helen Petersen (Buzzfeed)
2. “Why I Have to Be So ‘Rude’” by Jia Tolentino (The Hairpin)
3. “The Jenny Lewis Experience” by Jeff Himmelman (The New York Times)
4. “Grandmas Rise Up Against Millenials’ ‘Grandma’ Lifestyle” by Cathy Lew (The New Yorker)
5. “‘Jesus Loves Winners’: How ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ Found Cult Success As A Flop” by Louis Peitzman (Buzzfeed)
And while I’m telling you what to read, let me urge you to check out this thing I wrote for my friend Sarah’s project, Ten to Life, last week!
This week was sloooooow. I had a lot of time for reading, so I mostly worked my way through The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – which I’m almost done with – and re-read a few of the chapters in Songs in the Key of Z just because I felt like it. The one really exciting thing that I did this week was…finally book a flight to London! I’m going for a week in November, so hit me up with all of your suggestions. I’ll also be stopping over in Iceland for two days at the end of the trip, so if you have any suggestions for that, I’m all ears.
Here are five things I liked this week:
1. “The Men Who Dare to Be Demented” by Katie Notopoulos (Buzzfeed)
2. “Scout’s Honor” by Rosecrans Baldwin (Oxford American)
3. Fly Art
(This is a Tumblr of classic artwork mashed up with hip hop lyrics.)
4. “The Letters That Warren G. Harding’s Family Didn’t Want You to See” by Jordan Michael Smith (The New York Times)
5. All of the songs I’ve been listening to this week, on one playlist
I feel like I had about 1 free hour to consume media this week, but somehow I read/watched/listened to enough stuff to make this very short list. I haven’t managed to actually write anything in, um, weeks. Please don’t give up on me! I promise I’ll be back to writing some longer pieces soon. For now, here are five things I liked this week.
1. “A Young Adult Author’s Fantastic Crusade to Defend Literature’s Most Maligned Genre” by Kathleen Hale (Nerve)
2. “It’s Raining” by Irma Thomas
This song felt…appropriate this week. Today, especially.
3. “The Trials of ‘Entertainment Weekly’: One Magazine’s 24 Years of Corporate Torture” by Anne Helen Petersen (The Awl)
4. “For Hire: Dedicated Young Man with Down Syndrome” by Michael Bérubé (Al Jazeera America)
5. “Lean Out: The Dangers for Women Who Negotiate” by Maria Konnikova (The New Yorker)
This week, a simple list.
1. “Lana Del Rey Is Anyone She Wants To Be” by Duncan Cooper (The Fader)
2. How To Dress Well’s “No Words To Say” Mix
3. “Gradual Impact” by Alison Bechdel (The New Yorker)
4. “Laugh Track: Jenny Slate’s Winding Road From ‘SNL’ to ‘Obvious Child'” by Carrie Battan (Rolling Stone)
5. “The MacGuffinist” by Mark O’Connell (Slate)
(This last one is about Geoff Dyer, which is not super clear from the title.)
I’m back from maybe the longest break – two weeks! – I’ve ever taken from this blog. I don’t know how refreshed I’m feeling writing-wise, but I can at least put together a list of a few of my favorite things I saw on the internet this week.
1. “Angelina Jolie’s Perfect Game” by Anne Helen Petersen (Buzzfeed)
I loved reading this, especially as a former employee of a certain celebrity weekly.
2. Beverly’s “Honey Do” Video
I’m still obsessed with this song and now am obsessed with the video.
3. “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic)
It took me almost a week to get through this, but I did it and I think everyone else should read it too.
4. “The Food Politics of Pokémon” by Monica Kim (Modern Farmer)
I’m a pretty big Pokémon fan, but this was maybe the weirdest(/best) thing I read all week.
5. “Tiny Islands” by Emma Straub (Medium)
This is an excerpt from Straub’s latest novel, The Vacationers, which I’m very excited to read.