I liked so many things this week. Here they are, in no particular order:
“Into the Trenches in Red and Blue” by Adam Hochschild (New York Review of Books
A review of a book of WWI color photography. Includes some very pretty pictures.
“The Reinvention of Taylor Swift” by Josh Eells (Rolling Stone)
A very interesting (I thought) profile of Taylor Swift.
“Not Like Most Girls” by Anna Fitzpatrick (The Hairpin)
“I’m not like most girls. I’m three kids in a trench coat.”
“If I Knew You Were the One” by Richard Twice
“42 Crosby Street, New York City” by John Herrman (The Awl)
A history in newspaper articles.
“The Death of Adulthood in American Culture” by A.O. Scott (New York Times)
The title pretty much explains what it’s about.
“If Pokemon Were Named By British People” by Robin Edds (Buzzfeed)
My brother Dayton’s standup performance from last week.
There are 3 videos. This is just the first one.
“Call Across Rooms” by Grouper
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.
This morning, I dreamed that I created – or maybe was just playing – a video game. Basically the game works like this: you, the player, receive a randomly generated woman who is somewhere between the ages of 50 and 100 and then you have to care for her and try to keep her alive. Kind of like The Sims, but everything seemed a lot more dire and way less whimsical. Anyway, your woman can live to be up to 1000 years old, which is very old but totally possible in the realm of this game. HOWEVER, you actually have no control over when your woman dies. It just happens. So, that was a cool dream.
Then I had another dream that involved a video game. This one featured me as a character and was based on an adventure that I had in the “real life” of the dream world. The me of the game wore a sort of Ash Ketchum outfit with a backwards hat and a long ponytail. The actual story of that dream is boring. I just thought it was worth noting that I had two dreams about video games.