Library Haul

I’m back in the United States which means I’ve checked out an inappropriate amount of books and movies from the library.

Here’s what they are:

Books:

  • White Negroes: When Cornrows were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation, Lauren Michele Jackson
  • Women who Run with Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and Sublime from Tin House
  • Forty Stories, Donald Barthelme
  • In the Gloaming: Stories, Alice Elliott Dark
  • The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations, Toni Morrison
  • A Village in a Valley, Beverley Nichols

 

Movies:

  • Pick of the Litter
  • Becoming Astrid
  • Cold War
  • Good Manners
  • Land of Mine
  • Room 237
  • Maria by Callas
  • Mandy
  • Night Comes On
  • Shadow (the one from last year)
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Miss Hokusai
  • Prospect
  • November
  • L’Amant Double

A Decade of Films: 2013

This is a short list, in large part because I’ve missed a large number of films from 2013.

But I did enjoy…

  • From Up on Poppy Hill: It’s a cute anime!
  • Blackfish: A devastating documentary about what captivity does to orcas!
  • The Conjuring:  A great modern horror film that has since created an expanded universe of lesser modern horror films. Excepting Annabelle: Creation. That sh*! was nasty.
  • Her: Joaquin Phoenix falls for disembodied AI Scarlett Johansson. Relatable.

I have not yet seen (but do intend to see): Room 237, In the House, The Hunt, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, 12 Years a Slave, Oldboy, and The Past.

Links 6/15

Hi hi hi. I missed the links post last week not because I didn’t have enough to share, just from pure laziness.  So it’s a bit heavy on the links today, but I have broken them down into bite-size and easily digestible categories.

Trailers:

Father’s Day:

  • A wince-worthy compilation of Dad Jokes.
  • The New Dad: What the evolution of stock photos shows about our changing understanding of paternity and parenthood.

Identity:

Miscellaneous:

  • How ASMR became an internet phenomenon.
  • This Parisian restaurant only lets you in with a baby or a bump.
  • I’ve been following this illustrator for a long time and now she’s selling some of her prints of Etsy!
  • Bumblebees use scent and color patterns to tell flowers apart.

Links 6/4

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Due to a weekend-trip hiatus (NYC was great, thanks), this links post is a bit later than usual.  Coincidentally, many of these links seem to have a bit of an LGBTQ theme.
Happy Pride!

Let’s get the smell stuff out of the way first:

  • Auklets are a bird species in which males demonstrate fitness not only by very fancy and sexy crests, but seemingly also by emitting a strong tangerine scent, research finds.
  • Study finds that activation of a certain smell receptor speeds the progression of prostate cancer, suggesting new treatment methods via blocking of the receptor.
  • Department stores reevaluate traditional beauty and fragrance marketing techniques as the beauty industry changes.

All the feels:

Film thoughts:

Current events:

Odds and Ends:

Friday Links 5/11

boop.jpgHappy Friday and Happy Mother’s Day weekend!
Do you have any plans?
In a few hours we (my parents and I) will be going up to Belfast, Maine to spend the weekend with my Aunt Susan and Bill, whose mother owns an alpaca farm.  There will be alpaca shearing, vegan food, and tactful discussions about Infinity War without mentioning to movie fan Bill (it’s so nice to be around other movie fans) that I never plan to see it.

I’ve been reading a lot, falling behind on the films I have checked out from the library, gardening for hours a day, and enjoying the springly weather. I also cooked some interesting pancakes yesterday so that  have foods when I return next week. I will report back.

What’s happening on the worldwide web?

  • Speaking of movie people, this film looks like it could be amazing. Also really excited for The Seagull, an adaptation of one of the few Chekhov pieces I’e actually read.
  • A beautiful essay that I’m at a loss as to how to describe.
  • The Duchess of Northumberland sounds like a fun lady- she created the garden at Alnwick Castle, possible the deadliest garden in the world.
  • How does Deadpool always win the promotion game? This is genius.
  • One of the greatest things about being back in America is the access to SNL’s youtube uploads. I know the main story (DESERVEDLY) is the release of This is America by Donald Glover- but let’s not forget about the Barbie skit.
  • #MeToo and Junot Diaz: Cycles of victimization and victimizing, sexual harassment, celebrity and race.
  • When two celebrity ladies (internet fashion personae?) give birth in close succession and get together to share their experiences with the early days of motherhood.
  • I love this Public Place Meditation Guide– it’s very closely related to some wisdom my mother shared with me years ago: practice seeing the divinity in everyone around you.
  • A mathematical model may explain how two brains agree on the experiential profile of smells.
  • Possibly the most charming interview I’ve ever seen. I think I may have just fallen in love with all three of these men.
  • Have you liked any pages created by Russian bots?Ask Facebook.
  • A complex algorithm predicts the likelihood of final season Game of Thrones deaths. Bye, Daenerys.
  • An amazing photograph. I love whales.

All The Magazines

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The full title of this post was going to be ‘All The Magazines I Ever Subscribed To’, and then true to form I got pissed off by the dangling preposition and ‘All The Magazines To Which I Ever Subscribed’ was a bit pretentious.
It’s better to hide how pretentious I am until the actual meat of the post, and keep the title innocuous until all reading visitors are trapped.

I’m going to try to divide this post up into a rough chronology, but the magazines don’t actually fit clear delineations so well, and there was more overlap than I’m going to present in this post.  All in all, the time segments are, in actual fact, much more wiggly.

Elementary:
The only magazine to which I can REMEMBER being subscribed in Elementary school is Ranger Rick.  In case you weren’t blessed with Ranger Rick in childhood and have not run into it in any other way, it’s a wildlife-focused publication for kids ostensibly helmed by a cartoon raccoon.  There are puzzles and stuff.

Early Middle School:
In early middle school I had an odd mix of the following:

  • Seventeen
  • TeenVogue
  • Young Rider
  • Horse Illustrated

I got caught up in the fashion magazine thing after reading a few after sleeping next to them on my cousin Megan’s floor.  The first TeenVogue I had was the one with Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, and Ali Michael together on the cover.  It’s kind of bittersweet because since then two of them have become hugely famous top models.  Ali Michael has struggled with anorexia (much as I have).  And I can’t say how much of it was fed by the beauty-and-body-focused publications of Seventeen and TeenVogue.  And it was my first experience with really being exposed to rampant consumerism and the heartache of wanting so much and desiring so many out of reach beautiful things was new to me.  Growing up is weird.  Mixed in with the pain of discovering life as an adult are also the glimpses back at simpler things (Traumarama! Stupid personality quizzes! Horoscopes!).

And then as I got more serious about riding I spent a fair amount of time poring over Young Rider and Horse Illustrated.  I have particularly strong memories of a Horse Illustrated guide to nematodes and how to deworm your horse.  Other standouts: sheath cleaning, recovery from colic, poisonous plants (yew!), and how to say goodbye to your horse when it needs to be put down (I cried reading it).

Late Middle School into High School:

  • Vogue
  • Elle
  • Allure
  • Marie Claire
  • Elle
  • Lucky
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Practical Horseman
  • Dressage Today

From Middle School to High School I guess I just took a step up all around to more serious publications, both with regards to sartorial whatevers (I don’t think I was ever subscribed to ALL of these at once) and horsemanship.

High School Addition:

This Old House I added in High School. I loved TOH and would still love it if it hadn’t changed hands and altered in many ways afterward.

Earring Porn: Fauna

I’ve written before about how I’m never going to get my ears pierced (well, never again) because it would add needless complexity to my life, largely via increased accessory options.

That still doesn’t stop me from marveling at great works of ear ornamentation, especially when it’s in the form of various animals hanging off your lobes, which is all any of us really ant in life.

 

Elizabeth Cole:
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Seaman Schepps:
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Anoushka:

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Dolce & Gabbana:

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Les Nereides:

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Brent Neale:

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Elizabeth Cole:

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