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.
@chevyvan Haha, yeah he totally would.
Sasha Frere-Jones had this great line in his review of Morrissey's Autobiography: "...Morrissey and his band members do not get along. They really don’t get along, and Morrissey is so eager to detail this not getting along that you come away from “Autobiography” thinking that Morrissey maybe started the Smiths so that he could be joined in the unholy union of protracted legal dispute for a long time, and with several people."
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.
@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.
So, so, so looking forward to this.
@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....
@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?
@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.
Aaaand this is the exact reason I haven't seen more than ten minutes of 'Luther'.
Oh, this is a great interview. I really love her book of essays about gardening.