Weekly Roundup 6.9.19
Our next door neighbors inexplicably got a rooster. I say inexplicably because - why just a rooster, why not also hens? I’m confused, but I’m also lol-ing at this big orange dude strutting around and crowing every morning. Linda, our dog, just watches him through the fence and low-key ignores him.
Because I’m me, I have a book on animal symbolism. When a new animal shows up in my life, I like to look up its ‘symbolic’ meaning. The rooster is associated with resurrection (?!) and is considered the enemy of ghosts and evil spirits. I mean, duh. It’s also a sign of enthusiasm and humor and holds clues to your powers in the future.
What does any of this mean? Who knows! But it’s one hell of a cliff hanger. Guess you’re just going to have to come back next week to find out if I resurrected anything.
Here are some things that entered my orbit this week.
Tig Notaro is one of my favorite comedians, and even though it’s a little weird that she has a talk show sponsored by a smart speaker, this 7-minute first episode with James Van Der Beek is legit lulz.
Meaty and We Are Never Meeting In Real Life are two of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Samantha Irby is a national treasure (she also wrote the pool party episode of Shrill) . This week she wrote this piece for Medium on the ridiculous food she eats.
Speaking of national treasures, if you ever get the chance to see/hear Roxane Gay speak, please go. She came to Nashville on her Hunger book tour and I can’t tell you how often I think back on something she said that night. This NYTimes Op-ed is a heaping dose of real talk, and it’s a must-read.
I was at a party recently with a group of lesbians in various stages of family planning and a woman there I didn’t know, who came with a male date, starting asking all of the women who’s egg they’re using, where did they get the sperm, who’s going to be “the mom”, etc. It was very delicately handled, but please don’t be that person. Here are some tips.
Well, I watched all four parts of When They See Us and it completely rewired my brain, and my spirit. I’ve actually dreamed about it most nights this week. I lived in NYC during some of this, but I didn’t know most of it, and what I did know, I forgot. Watch it, and then go to Color Of Change to turn your emotion into action.
P.S. Missed last week’s links? Catch up here!