May 05, 2017

“Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself."

Modern Adventuress

5 MAY 2017

Hello letter friends,

I hope all of you are doing well. I’ve been a bit busier than usual lately, and I’m currently fine-tuning my overall balance. It’s deceptively hard work sometimes. But also, overall, a good process to be engaged in.

I find I often take the weather as an emotional metaphor, as hundreds of poets have probably done before me, and it’s been unseasonably cold, rainy and gray lately. My mood hasn’t suffered, but I am feeling like we have another fifteen minutes in the waiting room before spring calls us in, which makes me feel like I should just flip through a magazine rather than invest in doing something productive. How’s that for some metaphors, poets. Anyway, the point of all this is to stay hydrated and stay moving. Spring’s coming.

Today I have for you some links, recommendations and a VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT. At least, exciting to me. Your mileage may vary. But I hope you’re into it too.


A good piece on how pseudoscience profits off of making women perpetually unwell, plus its disturbing biological essentialism.

How museum curators deal with the issue of race.

“We were rebellious and we wanted a different world and we wanted more acceptance.” A profile of 1980s all-women skateboard gang from L.A. called The Hags.

How one generation changed the way we think about furniture.

This profile of Kyle MacLachlan is delightful.

An essay on the setting (both physical city and cultural period of time) of one of my all-time favorite films, Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train.

A soundtrack for city people who grew up in small towns.

The world’s most stubborn real estate holdouts.

I particularly like poet Morgan Parker's approach to collecting tattoos as reminders.

Fitzgerald’s troubled final years.

 “Writing is basically an act of love, and a kind of joyful thing to do.... It's an immensely positive act, nothing to do with sadness or depression or any of these sorts of things, no matter what you're writing about.” The love and terror of Nick Cave.


Kubo and the Two Strings
Directed by Travis Knight

This one recently hit Netflix and if you haven’t seen it yet, do so immediately. An utterly gorgeous stop-motion animation film from the same studio that produced Coraline, Kubo is really just wonderful. It’s funny and touching and, most of all, gorgeous. Here’s Kubo's trailer, if you want a taste.

My Favorite Murder podcast

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m currently obsessed with the My Favorite Murder podcast. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it, since it’s a little over a year old now. But I just caught on a few weeks ago, and I’ve already worked my way through the entire back catalog. This one is for the others out there who have always liked true crime but who have also always learned to be a little sheepish about talking about it. In this podcast, you are among friends—funny, feminist friends. Here’s an article that gets it.

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
Ann Shen

A charmingly-illustrated coffee table book that features short stories about historical women who broke the rules in one way or another. I mention it not only because I like it, but because it dovetails nicely with my next item.


All right, I’m far enough down the path I believe I can announce this: within the next couple of months, I’ll be launching a new podcast. It’s called Antiheroine, and it’s devoted to telling stories about scandalous women in history. I’ve been looking for a new storytelling outlet for a while now, and I’m excited about how this project is coming together. I’m still working on the episodes for the first season, but if you want to make sure you hear about it right away when it’s available, you can subscribe to the Antiheroine podcast mailing list. As I get closer to launch, I’ll be posting links to the website, social media and, eventually, the prologue episode here in the newsletter.

That’s all for today. Thank you for reading.

Keep practicing.



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Today’s subject line quote from Miles Davis.