This is really useful to me, so thanks for writing. My boyfriend practices Santeria and just made saint in the process you described above, so I have a lot of questions. Like the not-having-sex thing, is that across the board? Because I wasn't informed? Maybe do you have an email address if you're willing to answer a few other questions?
I think most people recognize that the problems started when SJP started producing, and so the narrative forcefully corralled viewers into empathizing with Carrie. When the show was at its best, it followed that classic-Simpsons manifesto of no cow being sacred. The abrupt, sometimes-gross sex scenes were part of that. It was a very interesting balancing act between two kinds of consumption: beautiful, artificial things and at-times-gross organic/real things.
"but when you wear black, you can just pretend you’re Batman." Rock on, lady.
also I went to a Daisy Fried reading once and "My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again" had everyone laughing. http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Getting-Arrested-Again-Poetry/dp/0822959194
James Tate, brah! And I seem to remember some of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems as being pretty funny. At least one was about farting.
One of her assistants wrote a biography of Marina Abramovic, WHEN MARINA ABRAMOVIC DIES. Like most biographies obviously you have to wonder at what is true and what is not, but I found it very interesting.
Does remind me of Gitta Sereny's books on Mary Bell. The first was on the trial itself, the second a more nuanced look at Mary Bell's life as a whole. Really eye-opening. I'm definitely picking up Iphigenia in Forest Hills.
@jule_b_sorry Try Integral Yoga on 13th st in the village. They are very accepting of all body types and their basic yoga classes are low key.