It would be great to post about something other than politics

It would be great to post about something other than politics

But it’s just all-consuming.

Here’s a good article about “corrosive privilege“, containing a killer Great Gatsby quote.

BONKERS! Dizzee Rascal says it best:
And all I care about is sex and violence
A heavy bass line is my kind of silence
Everybody says that I gotta get a grip
But I let sanity give me the slip
Some people think I’m bonkers
But I just think I’m free
Man, I’m just livin’ my life
There’s nothin’ crazy about me

I like it a Latte

I like it a Latte

Actually the coffee is a flat white, not a latte, because this picture was taken in New Zealand! It is one of my favorite pics from the NZ trip in March. Simon had just found that cat t-shirt at a thrift shop (called an ‘op-shop’ in NZ), and we stepped inside a cafe for a slice of Kiwiana… bacon and egg pie.

This photo reminds me that even though the worst sort of people are attempting to be the boss of America right now, there are still happy moments galore.

AND there’s great television.

I’m loving the Starz American Gods series, based on the Neil Gaiman book of course. I (and many other people apparently) signed up to Starz just to watch this series and it’s so much fun to look forward to a new episode each Sunday night!

The tv series is really highlighting the topic of American immigration, and boy is the timing terrific. It’s almost an antidote to the xenophobic bullshit that’s plastering the airwaves right now. One of the story’s premises holds that whatever people believe in, becomes physically manifest, as a god… believe in Jesus, and he becomes a reality; believe in the Stay-Puft marshmallow, and now a 200-ft marshmallow man is in charge.

This seems like a fascinating explanation of why Donald Trump was elected president. People believed in a heroic, straight-talking businessman-turned political leader, and the power of their belief was enough to temporarily create him.

I haven’t been able to justify signing up for Showtime on top of that, so I’m trying to avoid all news of the Twin Peaks reboot. #NOSPOILERS

Pintastic

Pintastic

I had a great time working on 2 pins for the WeMake “Pin That Shit” competition. (Stuff It and Mutha are my designs… shout out to Ashley Pieren and Callie Anderson for the others!) We chose a theme of female empowerment for our pins, which was a wide-open and awesomely fun brief! I’m proud to say our set of pins won Best in Show… more info here.

True Lies

True Lies

I watched this little video on my phone, and the whole time I was thinking, “Man! Paul Reiser is so articulate! And political! I am extremely impressed!”

For me, the highlight of the video was this bit from Salman Rushdie:

We are the guardians of the culture.
The culture is under attack.
And we’re going to lose a lot of those battles.

But we have to … as artists, we have to subscribe to joy and beauty and value and the things we care about.
And we have to make those things.
We can’t have an America that doesn’t have those things.

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The other day, I was struck by the title of Suzanne Sundfør’s song “Meditations in an Emergency.” Google tells me that the title is based on a 1957 poem by Frank O’Hara. It’s pretty bleak, but it all seems appropriate.

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But hey. Maybe all the Democrats should just give up and start being assholes too?

I felt such seething anger towards Trump voters when I read this article that it felt kinda good. I can see how you can get a bit addicted to rage. When I read the phrase “Gerontocracy” I was like OH MY GOD YES. Then I read this epic, epic burn by Drew Magary, author of The Hike (a book I just read and enjoyed!) and I felt even BETTER.

I guess those things might not be the kind of value Salman Rushdie is talking about.

 

A tiny GIFt from the universe

A tiny GIFt from the universe

In what I consider to be a direct apology for the state of Everything Lately, the universe showed me something neat the other day….

If you listen to Tei Shi’s “Bassically” while watching the animated GIF favicon from AlfaType (I think Firefox supports animated GIFs but Chrome doesn’t), the GIF syncs up to the music!

I mean, it’s something. Think positive.