THE BANFIELD SLAM

Totally love Ashleigh Banfield.

Don’t undermine the #metoo movement, Bitches!

DEMONMAN | JULIALICIA CASE

I’ve been a huge fan of short stories since I fell in love with The Gift of the Magi as a freshman at boarding school. Later, in a creative writing class at UNC, my beloved writing professor, Max Steele, turned me on to the work of Cynthia Ozick. It was The Shawl that really did it for me, the power of such a haunting tale told in such sparse, poetic language without a single direct reference to the place and time Rosa, Stella and Magda were enduring. It remains my #1 favourite short story. Then came Drown, by Junot Díaz. I’ve probably purchased over a hundred copies of that collection, pressing it into the hands of my friends and the myriad teens I worked with as an educational consultant. Every single one of them thanking me for introducing him or her to the evocative voice and perspective of Yunior.

All of this to say that this year I will be bringing you some more of my favourite short stories as well as new ones I discover along the way. Here is your first one. Enjoy!

Demonman, by Julialicia Case

TH EMPEROR HAS NO CLUE

Lying Tramp and the lying liars lying with him have reached a new low (but only for this week . . . a new low is just another idiotic tweet away), maligning entire populations from countries they deem to be #$%^^%$#@#$%^&!. I find no better response than this display table, at the Rough Draft Books & Bar bookstore in NYC, of international authors from countries the Dump and his Dumpsters deem unworthy of living in America. Some were born here, some put pen to paper describing their heritages. Read some of them. You will not regret it!

Go back to Mar-A-Lago and STAY. Oh wait. You go every weekend already!

#lyingpiecesofshit #racistpigs #nakedpatriarchy #whitesupremacistshavetheirscoming #theGOPishorrifying

SLACK JAWED

I ♥ LA

 

CUBA IS

Fantastic photography exhibit of the complexities of life on the island today. Make me want to return sooner than later!

Cuba Is also includes archival images and work done on assignment by five featured photographers: Elliott Erwitt, Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano, Tria Giovan and Michael Dweck. An original documentary film follows these photographers as they capture unseen images of life in Havana and beyond. There are hidden 1% ers on the island! WTF?!

There’s also a limited menu of yumminess from Porto’s Bakery & Café. And a cool virtual reality tour through the streets of Havana . . .

I ♥ LA.

@ The Annenberg Space for Photography

MAD LISTENS | PICO IYER + BJ MILLER ON LOSS

Pico Iyer, a favourite writer of mine who has written a lot about travel, spirituality, Buddhist ideals and living abroad, among many other topics, is in conversation with B J Miller, a palliative care doctor specializing in death. Both really interesting and thoughtful men, listen to them discuss loss in this podcast from KCRW and this TED Talk.

Aaaaahhhhh . . . the chatter is delicious. King Midas the Demented must be having round the clock epic tantrums fueled by Diet Coke and McDonalds.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

Love is Love

The Wild World of Milk Alternatives

When Breath Becomes Love

The First Thing I Did After My Wife’s Death

Juana Olga Barrios | Primitivos, 2017

Austin Kleon

“No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.”

Read all about it here.

#thepresentisfemale

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

RIP, Recy Taylor