- Have any of you seen the Alex Katz exhibit at the Guggenheim? I’m dying to go.
- The worst snubs in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history. (Vulture)
- Divorce registries are apparently a thing now. (The Cut)
- The Dutch woman who dressed Kate Bush. (MessyNessy Chic)
- We’ve got the amazing Julia Cameron—author of The Artist’s Way and some 40 other books—on Everything is Fine this week and it’s a quite inspiring conversation, so please do tune it. (Apple Podcasts)
- A smart piece about Poker Face, a fantastic new show on Peacock, starring the always great Natasha Lyonne. (Town & Country)
- This made me laugh. (McSweeney’s)
- This piece—about how women have been misled about menopause really made the rounds this week, and is well worth reading. (NY Times; gifted link)
- The trailer for Daisy Jones and the Six, a series based on this book, looks fun. (YouTube)
Link to Poker Face story in Town and Country needs to be fixed: It goes to Peacock streaming. Here is magazine link: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a42572545/poker-face-review-invert-murder-mystery/
Kim, please go to the Guggenheim for the Alex Katz exhibition, but stay for the Nick Cave exhibition. It’s breathtaking and powerful.
I saw the Alex Katz – was on a tight schedule so missed the Nick Cave, sadly! But Alex Katz is 95 and still working, and his iconic model (and wife) is 94. What an inspiration.
I plan to! He’s amazing.
Yes, the Nick Cave!! I was honestly not bowled over by the Alex Katz but the Nick Cave exhibition rocked my world. Seriously. I told all my arty friends to go, it’s amazing. It’s powerful, angry, witty but most of all, hopeful.
Seconding this! Full disclosure I did come for Nick Cave, and I found some of the Alex Katz stuff interesting but ultimately it just wasn’t my thing.
I was just about to write the same thing. Saw it yesterday. In fact, I’d say go to the Nick Cave first.
That McSweeney’s piece is perfect. Hope everyone is safe and this weekend.
Thanks for the link to to Fong Leng piece! I’ve met her a couple of times and once even got to wear one of her pieces very briefly for a photo.
Poker Face is great! I wish the T & C article made more of a point that it’s an homage to Columbo. The opening titles are identical to Columbo, as are the crimes themselves. She’s got a junky car as Columbo did. Gravelly voice. The article glossed over all of that. My husband’s a die-hard fan, so I’ve seen every Columbo episode.
Ha!! My husband is also a big Columbo fan and I went into Poker Face blind and loved the series from the opening for your precise reasons.
I noticed Tally Abecassis, erstwhile EIF co-host, produced the audio of the NYT article. Great to run across her name and see a bit of what she’s up to.
The performance of Landslide––the inspiration for the novel, Daisy Jones and The Six––is on youtube. To read about it go here: https://thebasicmoms.com/stevie-nicks-and-lindsey-buckingham-the-real-life-couple-that-inspired-daisy-jones-and-the-six-part-1/
Thank you for the nyt gift!
The link to the Poker Face piece takes me to the Peacock sign in…
Alex Katz show is great! Get ready for crowding, unless you can go at an off hour. (Lunchtime during the week is usually a good choice.) I saw Amy Poehler there when I went a few days before New Year’s Eve!
I enjoyed the Kate Bush link – thanks, Kim! And that exhibit sounds totally worth it.
I was glad I saw the Alex Katz retrospective. It gave me a new understanding of his work. I was there on a weekday in early November and it was very crowded.
This is a great lineup of articles, I read them all, thank you.
And thanks for the gift link to the NYT article on menopause. I still remember the day my new (female) physician cut me off, cold turkey, from hormonal therapy. I’d a very early hysterectomy, and was about 50. It’s just about the closest I’ve ever come to hair trigger hatred.
I’m liking the NY Times focus on women’s health. The article on all the things we don’t know about the clitoris was also great
I saw the Alex Katz exhibit late on a Thursday afternoon a few weeks ago. There were people there, but it wasn’t packed. I’d known nothing about him ahead of time and really enjoyed it. Also so impressed he’s painting these massive canvases now at 95. Because I got there so late, I didn’t see all of Nick Cave, but it’s definitely worth giving yourself enough time to see both while you’re there!
Elise Loehnen Pulling the Thread pod drop yesterday talks about you so lovely. It was nice to hear her perspective – makes me feel like I know you a bit better. I recommend her as a guest on your podcast!
Every year at my annual, my (female) gyn makes me verbally state I ‘know and understand the risks’ of staying on HRT- which, incidentally, shut down my hot flashes and ALL OTHER perimenopause symptoms within 24 hours- before she will renew my scripts. This is after her giving me the same outdated, condescending speech about how high risk they are. She actually keeps trying to put me back on Gaba- which made me crazy for the one single day I took it at her insistence. I mean… WTF. If I could easily find another gyn, I would do so, but as it is I already have to drive an hour to see her. All ‘Women’s Health’ doctors in my city are OB/GYNs but will not take someone who is not there to have a baby. It is maddening. I have to steel myself every year for that visit and just try to make it through so I can stay on my HRT (and feel amazing). Such bullsh!t what we are put through- and by women in our same age bracket. Shame on them.
Nick Cave fan here!
That NYTimes article had me sharing it all over my socials & talking specifically about my quality-of-life-saving experience of MHT. I think it matters that a GenX reporter wrote that story. & maybe my/our tiny generation raised on Judy Blume and Our Bodies, Our Selves will leave a legacy of blowing all the menopause silence out of the water. It matters that we talk about it & educate ourselves (there are some great medical resources, including Dr. Lauren Streicher’s podcast) and push back on physicians who are less current on the research that we are. Or take our needs elsewhere. A friend just signed up with MIDI and she declares it a life-changer to have board-certified menopause experts working with her symptoms. Ok. Stepping down from soapbox. Except to say the unnecessary suffering has been, is and ever will be, bullshit.