I want to watch this SNL skit over and over and over again. And have. And just did again.
I think it’s boring how Jerry Seinfeld basically only talks to white dude comedians in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but still loved watching a retelling of the story of Louis CK getting stuck in the salt marsh at Inwood Hill Park.
Yet another horrifying article about Big Agriculture. The videos don’t even deserve the word horrifying. Even if this sort of thing doesn’t make you feel horribly sad, it must make you feel so disgusted that you never want to put food in your body from this sort of production system again. Right? I guess not, based on the number of people I know who are both aware that these conditions exist and still eat regular mass-produced meat and dairy. I just don’t get it.
Hudson Valley Ballers is amazing. (The video linked from “Valley” is particularly hilarious.)
A roundup of great board games that makes me feel as though I don’t have a game closet at all. (I do.) (There are just a lot of great games out there.)
Speaking of board games, Vulture’s “oral history” of the Cones of Dunshire is pretty great. (Though I think you’d have to be a fan of dorky board games and/or Parks & Rec to appreciate it.) However, not so great is their “oral history” of the episode of Sex and the City where Kristen Johnston falls to her death after declaring NYC dead. Interesting, sure, but sort of horrifying in its blatant admission that the producers used the character as a way to prove what could happen to you (death!) as a single woman if you refuse to settle down. Eesh.
I LOVE AMY POEHLER.
Guys, it’s a Christmas miracle. The only other thing on the Internet that I think is worth sharing this week is ALSO AMY POEHLER. This one is even BETTER. I have rewatched it five times already.
OK, fine, there’s this amazing article about homelessness and kids and NYC and schools and everything, too. Way to harsh my Amy Poehler buzz, reality.
But wait! Reality rewards: TRIFECTA OF AMY POEHLER, WITH BONUS TINA FEY.
X instead of read/watch/listen/play etcetera, because there is a lot of stuff here:
Avery Edison’s series on being a transgender woman is fascinating and enlightening. I’ve struggled with what feels like an over-emphasis on traditional interpretations of gender in the trans literature I’ve read in the past. Reading this series didn’t change that for me, but did give me further insight (and empathy) into being trans, which is a good thing.
Hey Yun’s “Brunch Avec Au Pair” webisode (ugh that word) is challenging and great.
An account of working in a 1960s London mortuary.
A New Republic article about 31-year-old Michael Needham’s ascending control of the Heritage Foundation gives insight into the bizarre strategic choices made by the GOP over the past few years. As a 31 year old myself, I am simultaneously annoyed by the article’s suggestion that Needham’s idiocy has anything to do with his generation (it clearly is driven by his privilege and “the moment”), and surprised that anyone would expect anything else out of a 31 year old being given control of a political/policy organization. 31 year olds: most of us know not enough to avoid being total fools (like Needham), but not enough to competently lead an organization charged with defining the goals of one of the world’s most powerful political movements.
I loved my friend Nicole’s post about integrating gratitude into her family’s daily life. This is exactly the sort of behavior I want to cultivate in myself and my future children; it’s great to hear about a real-life example of it working so well.
I’ve been slowly making my way through this Q&A with Art Spiegelman this week. I loved Maus (as have all humans), but just loving something doesn’t mean that I have any real investment in its creator. This interview stands on its own merits, discussing modern American Judaism, counter-cultural movements, the Holocaust, and–most interestingly, I think–the experience of creating a canonical work.