READING THIS WEEK...
The full text of Roxane Gay's keynote speech at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute.
I loooooved this Friend at First Sight article in Lenny Letter about friends who meet, fall in friend-love, and then discover they live in different countries.
Kim France: Don't Tell Me to Dress My Age:
"Knowing what looks good on you is very nearly impossible when you’re young and obsessed with hitting all the trends. A woman with a sample-size body can always look good, but I like to see a woman who’s worked with what she’s got to produce a compelling solution."
I've been a reader of Will's blog Bright Bazaar for years, and I'm glad that he weighed in on how he, and other "influencers", should stand up for what's right at the risk of *jeopardizing their brand:
*Sidebar -- throw some extra likes to the local, independent businesses you follow on Instagram because a lot of them are losing followers for things like being at the Women's March, or "liking" feminist posts.
WATCHING AND LISTENING...
I finally watched The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Holy crap! If you haven't watched it yet, believe the hype - it is amazing. And it's streaming on Netflix.
Because no one loves me, I had to find out on my own about The New York Times podcast Still Processing MONTHS after it started. This podcast is hosted by Jenna Wortham (shero) and Wesley Morris. I'm in love.
A memoir by Kim France coming in fall of 2019
An arena full of children singing They Might Be Giants
WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR...
Fake news has been targeting women's reproductive rights for years -- Rebecca Traister
All international laws Trump's Muslim ban is breaking -- Jamil Dakwar
Support Immigrant-Owned Restaurants Jan 28 - Feb 10 Nashville, TN
Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl Sat, Feb 4, 6pm Nashville - Hagan Street
First Saturday Art Crawl Sat, Feb 4, 6pm Downtown Nashville
MESA Festival & Syrian Refugee Fundraiser Sat, Feb 4, 6pm Vanderbilt University Student Life Center
Welcome Home! Fuad & Family Arrive at BNA Sun, Feb 5, 7:45-8:30pm Nashville International Airport
We Are Watching Rally Mon, Feb 6, 3pm TN State Capitol
Metro Council Meeting Tues, Feb 7, 6:30pm Metro Courthouse, One Public Square (can livestream online)
Conexion Americas: Valentine Open House Fri, Feb 10, 8:30am-7pm Casa Azafran
Aminals - New Sculptures by Brett Hunter Fri, Feb 10, 6-9pm Elephant Gallery, 1411 Buchanan St, Nashville
A Night Of: YK Records Fri, Feb 10, 7pm-1am Mercy Lounge