April 10, 2015

Yaaasss. No, totally.

This week:

On the latest episode of the podcast, we talk about the California drought, the Illuminati, Tidal, and a little concept called "body's choice"—aka letting your body make all the decisions for you.

I'm reading:

Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance and Kate Bolick's Spinster. (Reviews forthcoming.) "You go from a traffic stop to someone being killed. It just didn't make any sense to me." A portrait of Toni Morrison, and a self-portrait of the artist as an ungrateful black writer. Leslie Jamison on Chris Kraus, and belatedly reading I Love Dick. (I read it decades late, too.) Jamie Lee Curtis interviews Sigourney Weaver. On beauty and jealousy. Coming out as a first-generation college student. One Direction and modern fandom. The hidden language of ~the tilde~ and the politics of picky pesto-eaters. Apocalyptic schadenfreude and the drought debate. "The terrible things I learned about my dad." The state of our species. Condoms are the worst. Are we overthinking everything? YaaaaasssNo, totally.

DVR:

Amina was on Silicon Tally. Waxahatchee giving me 90s feels. So excited for a new Frank Ocean album; listening to this and his cover the Isley Brothers.

GIFspiration:


How to improve any meal. (There is also a zine about this.)

I endorse:


Feminist Hackerspaces
: A zine about hacking culture, not devices. Brought to you by Emily Alden Foster and Amy Burek, available to download for free as a pdf, or you can order a paper copy.

Also, this ladies of NPR t-shirt.

Live! In person:

April 18, Los Angeles: I'm moderating a panel of hilarious women writers (Mallory Ortberg, Issa Rae, and Pamela Ribon!) at the LA Times Festival of Books. It's gonna be so good.
 

Testimonials:

"Another wonderful, action-packed newsletter." -Jacqueline Church. Have you ever considered a career in film reviewing? I think these are the same adjectives Peter Travers used to describe "The Equalizer" starring Denzel Washington. 

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Very glad to see @annfriedman's newsletter. It's unexpected though and I wonder if she ever rests" -Evren Kiefer. Spent most of this week by a pool in Palm Springs drinking alcoholic slushy bevs. (I put whiskey and Vernor's ginger ale in a blender with ice. It was a revelation.) Don't you worry 'bout me.

"Sitting by the waterfront enjoying the first creemee of the season & reading the @annfriedman weekly. Life couldn't be better." -Tori Houston. I LOVE a good regional dairy treat.

"Your newsletter is amazing, and it's the only one I read. Do you build it throughout the week, or write it all in one sitting?" -Paul Balcerak. I save links throughout the week, but I write in one sitting. Or in today's case, one reclining. I am still in bed. 
 

This newsletter would slay for a Culver's concrete right now.
Forward it to someone who shares your taste in regional ice cream.


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