On the podcast, we discuss natural sponges, flibanserin, and white people. I talked to the Chicago Tribune about critics and haters, and to the Dinner Party Download about Japanese moss-viewing excursions. (I also agreed to pose for this weird photo in their office.) Plus! I went to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and talked about subtle sexism in the workplace. I used it as an excuse to take glamour shots with a Mars Rover and make this Sally Ride tampon fan art.
I guarantee that at least one of these GIFs will match whatever song you are listening to at this moment.
I absolutely loved Kitchens of the Great Midwest, the delightful debut novel from J.Ryan Stradal. Of course, I say this as both a friend of J.Ryan's and as someone who is from the Midwest and still enjoys elaborate deviled eggs and the occasional cheese ball. But even so! Trust me, I would not endorse a novel by a straight white dude unless it was really good. Read an interview with him, and his personal essay, "I was a Midwest Teenage Foodie."
"Are we in a golden age of newsletters? @annfriedman 's is very good." -Juliet Lapidos. Are we in the golden age of editors? Juliet is my editor at the LA Times and she is very good.
"I don't have Summer Fridays, but I rec'd @annfriedman's newsletter, so it's basically like I got one today. Later, rest of my workday." -Ryan J. Simons. I am in favor of taking Summer Fridays by force. (And Ryan, because you also sent me the "looking good" gif above, you are the MVP of this week's newsletter.)
"The @annfriedman newsletter >" -Claire Shriver. Ok, this structure makes it look like Claire was saying the newsletter is better than she is, which is clearly a lie because this endorsement tweet is twice as clever as anything in last week's newsletter.
".@annfriedman weekly = right click, save to pocket + right click, save to pocket + right click, save to pocket. The limit does not exist." -Hailey Persinger. A++ for all testimonials featuring Mean Girls quotes.
This newsletter is listening to Channel Orange for the millionth time.
Forward it to Frank Ocean. Please.