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On Cristina Scuccia and Our Enduring Love for Singing Nuns

@Slim Charles@facebook Agreed. Whoopi, Kathy Najimy, and Maggie Smith? I would watch every movie with that cast. Plus, the pacing on those movies is tiiiight (*coughsoundofmusicsaggyfinalactcough*).

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm 0

On Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith in Conversation

@rathermarvelous If you like non-fiction, Zadie Smith's book of collected essays "Changing My Mind" is really great.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm 0

On "We Must Do Better": In Praise of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie is pretty great--she deserves the exposure that Bey's callout will give her.

This bit confused me:

"...the poverty-stricken and dependent continent, barely changed from the one so contemptuously illustrated by Rudyard Kipling"

Surely it is Conrad, rather than Kipling (whose most famous work is set in India), who is usually set at the heart of this vision of Africa? Compared to Conrad, or Haggard, or even Karen Blixen, Kipling's Boer War material is very obscure.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm 0

On This Moving Animated Short Features a Fiona Apple Cover of "Pure Imagination," Is an Ad for Chipotle

@leonstj This is such a hard issue, because the food system is so f-ed up, and people get super prescriptive. What works for me is really focussing on locality. So, farmer's markets, obv, but also looking for local or regional brands in the supermarket (my regular market helpfully labels these). Some things are never gonna be local to my area (oh, pineapple, I love you), but I try to choose the local option when I can. This means I'm not getting a lot of Big-O Organic things, because those are usually from the west coast. I'd rather buy lettuce from the farmer (and then not have lettuce in the off-season) than have it shipped across the country to me.

For meat--I just think anything from the factory-farm system is right out. This means I don't eat much meat, because of higher prices. For a while I was eating almost vegetarian, but then I discovered that my supermarket's own-brand "natural" beef is sourced from a humane meat company, so now I eat a lot more steak!

There's no doubt that eating ethically requires brainwork--but so does doing most anything ethically. What is hard, I think, is getting past the notion that you can have anything you want at anytime and still live by your values--I think there's a basic conflict between living with ethical standards (whatever those might be) and modern consumerism.

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm 0

On Janelle Monae Danced All Over Letterman's Desk Last Night

@Lily Rowan Thanks for that link--I had to quit reading halfway because I read (and scroll) like three times faster than that article could load.

Also, something about the gifs was really weird and off-putting to me. Creepily voyeuristic.

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm 0

On Janelle Monae feat. Solange, "Electric Lady"

So, so, so looking forward to this.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@chrysopoeia Kdramas are suuuuper addictive! I wouldn't recommend Boys Before Flowers, tho'--I found it massively classist & misogynist. Try "City Hall": a romance/political drama/office comedy with Kim Sun Ah (from My Lovely Samsoon) acting her butt off. For more zanyness, "Greatest Love" is an incredibly hilarious/absurd comedy about Korean pop culture (loooove the Hong sisters).

Oh, I know what I'm doing with my weekend....

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm 0

On Where Have All the Good Book Covers Gone?

@rosencrantz Yeah, he's not feeling nostalgic for these book covers. These kind of trend pieces always pick and choose from the best of the past--holding the 10% that's great up against the 90% of now that's crap. Maybe trend writers need remedial maths?

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm 0

On What Is Your Personal Garbage Music?

@TheLetterL The worst thing about that song is that, musically, it's actually really great, but the male POV is such an entitled, passive-agressive, quasi-abusive d-bag that it just sprains my aesthetic sense. Basically, gotye breaks my ability to comprehend art. Ugh.

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm 2