- I’m not going to be posting regularly for the next week and change, as I am accompanying my boyfriend Paul, who teaches music to kids (and, if I can brag for a moment, founded School of Rock), as he tours with his students and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. Click through to see the tour schedule, which is pretty much entirely on the east coast. But if you’re around, love punk rock, and want to see some outrageously talented kids play with a legend, do come to one of the shows, and make sure to say hi. I am going to try and do the odd post while I’m gone, but expect me back here on the regular August 1. Meanwhile, do check out this clever comparison between New York and L.A. by illustrator Yao Xiao. (New Yorker)
- I loved this social history of mini-golf, and the accompanying pictures are pretty great too. (Messy Nessy Chic)
- So you want to build a sex room: there is now actually a new Netflix show for you. (Curbed)
- A fun piece about the evolution of the Jane Austen adaptation over the decades. (Vulture)
- This inspiring woman is working to protect indigenous women, who—this is so alarming—face homicide rates a whopping ten times more than the national average, and also frequently go missing. (Elle)
- We’ve got a fun Everything is Fine episode this week, so please do tune in. (Apple Podcasts)
- Huh: Pole Dancing Helped Me Regain Control of my life. (Vulture)
- Amusing. (McSweeney’s)
- What is the song of the summer? (Guardian)
School of Rock! That is so cool! And the Butthole Surfers — also cool!
Pretty sure the Song of the Summer 2022 edition is As It Was, by Harry Styles 🙂
A couple I once knew loved miniature golf so much that when they married they planned their honeymoon not to Fiji or Antibes or some other exotic locale, but a driving trip through the West going from miniature golf course to miniature golf course. Not something I would choose to do, but I do admire their dedication and funkexcelence. Have a great weekend everyone. Kim, have a great tour!!
Why did I sing, “So you want to build a sex room?” to the tune of that song from Frozen…
Thanks for the laugh this AM.
My oldest son, Quinn, has been taking lessons at School of Rock since he was 6, he’s 11 now and it has been the very best thing we’ve ever signed him up for.
He’s a quiet kid, but when he gets on stage it’s magic what comes over him. The teachers at School of Rock are the warmest most encouraging gang around and we’re always thankful that we found it. Our town is nuts for sports and it is a crazy competitive environment, but at School of Rock it’s so different….building you up, making you feel good while doing something you love.
Gibby Haynes! I’m looking forward to the post-trip report.
I love School of Rock! So cool! It’s even cooler than it’s something beautifully substantive about the boyfriend. I have family and friends who teach performing arts, subjects that give so much to their students, but get so little curriculum support in a standardized test score-centered climate. So, For Those About To Teach, I Salute You! Also, thanks to reading josei web comics, I already knew that pole dancing is a very physically demanding sport. Finally, my husband said a while ago, “You will not believe what I just discovered on Netflix!” I replied that, yeah, thanks to Kim France, I would believe it.
Gave in to my curiosity and checked out a Youtube video of Paul Green. The eyebrows, the voice, especially the voice…
Ok. Just stop. School of Rock? Slightly chubby guy? This is is my dream. I’m married to a wanna be song writer who looks a touch like Paul Green. Swoon.
Have a great time on the tour!! I think it sounds fun.
My ex-husband was a musician. I used to occasionally meet him for a few gigs. I didn’t think it was fun, but maybe it was the company 🙂
Kim, I hope your trip is a blast!
Sounds like a great trip… Hope you have a wonderful time!
OMG! One of my good friends here in Dallas runs a few Schools of Rock franchises. Small country 🙂