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@Poubelle Baba yaga's answer, while honest, was kind of tough love - I like your approach to it. Very positive. Very classic Hairpin.
So heartbreaking, so relatable, but also I had managed to repress all memories of the "pit of despair" experiment and those poor little monkeys and now I remembered and I think I just need a minute I'll be outside maybe I should make some tea and take deep breaths does anyone have a tissue?
I feel like this is a conversation that could go on and on, because of exactly everything that Vanessa mentions in her piece, as well as all of the preconceived notions that go along with not only race and beauty, but also celebrity, and how all three are unfortunately connected in such a twisted way.
I do, however, want to say that I'm glad that at the very least, this doesn't seem to be applying to Lupita Nyong'o at the moment, because I think we can all agree that she's basically everything that we would want out of a movie star. She's beautiful, talented, has impeccable style, so graceful and composed, and seems to be so intelligent. So, like, I can't even imagine someone like her NOT being famous and successful. I know that there are so many more factors at play, but she is proof - in person - that everything Vanessa discusses is awfully unfair.
@jazzloon On Saturday I drove through the country (sort of) and there were so many farms and orchards selling fresh produce and I wanted to stop at every single one and buy everything.
@Lisa Frank yes! It's called Mile End (since that's where bagels come from, etc) and if you go, please report back!
@everyone else I'm pretty sure Mamie Clafoutis is on the way when I go get my hair cut, and yes, I try to walk as slowly as possible when I pass it because it smells so delicious.
@jazzloon aw, Jazmine, you are the best! I'm glad you enjoyed your bagel and I still have no idea how Montreal bagels stack up against New York ones. Come back anytime! There are still more Canadian food items for you to try.
@jazzloon In Canada in general, you mean? Yeah! It's mostly seasonal because of climate but yes, we definitely do. Quebec strawberry season is the #1 best reason to live in Canada.
(Also good: apple season starting now-ish, Ontario peach season which is happening now, blueberries, and I can't remember where my grapes and raspberries were grown. They might also be Canadian.)
Five Things I Liked This Week:
1- Yay new staff at the Hairpin! Thank you for an awesome first week, ladies.
2- Looking forward to a gluttonous feast tomorrow, at an out-of-town restaurant I made reservations for months ago.
3- I had another stand-up performance and it went okay! Not as well as I hoped, but I learned a bit and I had a good night. The other comics were really friendly.
4- Is it okay to write "I don't think I cried at work this week"?
5- Haven't been sleeping well, woke up in the middle of the night to find the cat sleeping right next to me and purring.
@jazzloon Just wondering who answered your questions about Canada, as I thought that was my thing, but it's ok, because I'm Canadian and wouldn't get upset about such things. Maple syrup and apple picking for everyone!
Thank you for keeping this going, Jazmine. Really important, and certain media outlets weren't covering it much (or properly) to begin with, so obviously now that weeks have passed, coverage isn't improving. Hopefully Ferguson itself is, but that might be wishful thinking until we see some real consequences for the police.