Hey, have you heard New York City isn't so bad? I wrote about it with the tone of condescending wonderment that the The New York Times adopts when describing other places, particularly Los Angeles. And I discussed it on the radio. How manicures became "the one luxury that's really a necessity." Let's talk about periods!
When it's a rainy day in L.A.** and you find yourself singing, "She's a smoothie operator. Smoooothie operaaaator" while you drop the cherries and nectarines into the Vitamix.
Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. I usually don't like reading a book when all of my friends are reading it. (Therefore I don't do book clubs, and I will probably never get around to The Goldfinch.) But I made an exception in this case, and I'm so glad I did. It's a memoir about motherhood and queerness and binaries and words being a woman. It's personal essay, it's theory, it's emotional, it's intellectual, it's everything. Only 143 pages, but oh so hefty. See also: This 2012 interview with Nelson by my pal Ali Liebegott.
"I just wanted to know how much I am enjoying your newsletter. And I usually hate everything (especially newsletters)." -Susan Orlean!!!!!! (Emphasis mine.) RIP, me. I am such a fan.
"And then @annfriedman’s latest tinyletter shows up and I start to have a panic attack about how little I read. Wooooo" -Max Martin. Think of this newsletter as a link buffet. You never eat every item on the buffet, do you? (If you do, I can't help you.) Just pick a few things that seem appealing.
"i've been sitting in my car for twenty minutes reading the @annfriedman newsletter. in metered parking. with the door open." -Kelly Dawson. This is the most L.A. scene.
"I want to hug @annfriedman for her newsletter (Trina! Renata Adler--who taught me at BU! Loneliness!) this & every week. Subscribe already!" -Terry Mtz. I'm surprised no one has created a "virtual hug" app. I would accept your request.