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    LisaR
    2 Oct 2020
    8:56am

    Space 1999! My brother and I still occasionally discuss about how terrifying that show was for us as children (it seemed like in every episode they were running out of oxygen) yet we continued to watch it.

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    cw
    2 Oct 2020
    8:51am

    Normally I “save” these links for downtimes over the weekend, but for some reason today I jumped into the Are You Aging Correctly essay. Woozier. What a great one to read. Thank you!

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    Helen
    2 Oct 2020
    4:17pm

    My Octopus Teacher is a beautiful documentary and deserving of all the praise.

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    Michele Godwin
    2 Oct 2020
    9:21am

    Are You Aging Correctly article…holy shit! So good!

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      sc
      2 Oct 2020
      1:16pm

      Pure FIRE. Best thing she ever wrote. Also – this narrative is trash, created by weak men who are trash. Nancy Pelosi is powerful AF. Look at RBG – our pain of her loss is in part bc she was such badass well into the twilight of her life. Maggie Smith. Toni Morrison. Meryl Streep. Viola Davis (she is aging like Lenny Kravitz, damn). And many many more…

      This age shit is an evil fairy tale shoved at us, but we do not have to believe it. As the youngs say – “representation matters” – so let’s elevate women who are smart and wise and older and beautiful on their own goddamn terms – Let’s allow ourselves, role models of our future selves be seen.

      I’m with Heather – I’m not buying or participating in the trash narrative. I fully intend to rage against the dying of the light – and rage against some other shit too… Our rage right now is needed. Let it be power source.

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        cw
        2 Oct 2020
        4:34pm

        Julia Louis-Dreyfus (powerful Instagram messages) and Tina Fey to add on to your list!

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      Meg
      2 Oct 2020
      11:15am

      Man that piece is YES. Just the jolt I needed to get my heels on and out the door on a rainy Friday in Geneva.

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    Jen
    2 Oct 2020
    9:35am

    Yes, Space 1999 WAS scary! I still remember episodes today. It’s odd that it was British. I don’t remember any British accents, and it was definitely shown on American TV.

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    Kim France
    2 Oct 2020
    5:14pm

    Ladies, I just have to say this was a delightful day in the comments. That’s all.

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    Stephanie
    2 Oct 2020
    5:22pm

    I can’t wait to watch the octopus movie — it looks like a very beautiful exposition of my entire world view. Thank you for pointing it out. PS. Really loved the podcast this week. Jenny Lumet is wise + hilarious.

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    Mae
    2 Oct 2020
    1:40pm

    I will never forget the look of glee in a close relative’s eyes when she commented (at a family wedding) that I’d gained weight since she last saw me. That happened nine years ago (I was 52) and reading “Are You Aging…” felt like a brand new punch in the gut. It should say more about the person who spewed the venom than it does about the target, but the target will forever remember the comment. My relative better be glad I don’t live anywhere near her. If I did, I’d go flatten her fucking tires right now.

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    Lynn
    2 Oct 2020
    1:41pm

    The Cut essay was not what I was expecting. Thank you for sharing.

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    Rae
    2 Oct 2020
    2:18pm

    I second Katy’s rec of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and add that Girlfriends is now available to stream on Netflix. New Girl is also on Netflix though skip to the end of Season One — it took a bit of time to find its feet, its very funny and absurd feet.

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      Viajera
      2 Oct 2020
      4:39pm

      Oh, good, thanks! I’ve pretty much seen all the Girlfriends episodes, but I still re-watch them quite a bit. (I miss Toni!) That series should totally be revived. Or, maybe a movie. Can’t decide.

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    Celia
    2 Oct 2020
    2:24pm

    I love The Bureau. Blew through the first season on a 10-day free trial (you have to subscribe to Sundance or AMC, I think). Dying to watch the second season and will eventually break down and subscribe just to finish the series. Super fun.

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      Ellie
      3 Oct 2020
      9:59am

      Le Bureau is so good! Although to pick up on the convo about Are You Aging Correctly?, it is super discombobulating to realize that Matthieu Kassovitz, who has been the “hot young director” for my entire adult life, is *middle aged*!!!

      Also super annoying that Amazon just moved it from regular Prime to some new “Channels” ish that costs extra.

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        Kim France
        3 Oct 2020
        10:18am

        Tell me about it.

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    Ramonaquimby
    5 Oct 2020
    11:45pm

    Love these. Love Heather H please have her on the podcast. Thought of it immediately when I read her essay— so very happy to see it linked here as well

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    HickfromStyx
    2 Oct 2020
    10:27am

    The link to the French spy show is broken, but here’s a spoof on French spy shows on Netflix.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Very_Secret_Service

    They even spoof Canadian French.

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      Ellie
      3 Oct 2020
      10:01am

      If you like A Very Secret Service, the same people also made a couple of spoofs of Bond films, starting Jean Dujardin, which are hilarious. Check out the OSS 117 movies. They used to be on Netflix.

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    HickfromStyx
    2 Oct 2020
    10:32am

    …And perhaps that was the debate to end all presidential debates. Trump has Covid, so until he gets better, it looks like the mics will be silenced.

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      Shannon L Thornton
      2 Oct 2020
      10:59am

      Perfect timing.

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    Suju
    2 Oct 2020
    10:53am

    Are you Aging Correctly – great article. I can never get over how many men think they can just openly criticize women’s looks. And, yes this is mean, but men who look like they crawled out from the bottom of the ocean. As if their opinion matters so much. Makes me crazy.

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      Suju
      2 Oct 2020
      11:01am

      I should qualify this by saying that I don’t think attractive men have the right to criticize women’s looks publicly, either. No one does!

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        Mary
        2 Oct 2020
        1:18pm

        Drives me crazy too, Suju! I’ve heard men, who are nothing to write home about in terms of weight management, make fun of the physiques of women.

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    Jennifer
    2 Oct 2020
    11:43am

    The Heather Havirilesky story was a sock in the gut. She is so good at evoking those feelings. Great article. I strive to get to her level of peace and wisdom of self.

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    ceejay
    2 Oct 2020
    12:03pm

    The French spy series, the Bureau – so good. Although in the first few seasons there is some fairly overt sexist and racism (the only Black character is called “the Mule”, really?), I am now on season 4 and it has improved.

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    sc
    2 Oct 2020
    12:16pm

    THE BUREAU is one of the best spy shows ever. You can also get it on Sundance TV.

    It delivers all the way to the very end…

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    Viajera
    2 Oct 2020
    12:34pm

    Thanks for the recommendation of the Bureau. I am looking for new shows. What I reeeeally need though is more happy escapist shows like the Gilmore Girls, which I am running out of. I can get all my reality from the newspaper. Anyone know of any?

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      Viajera
      2 Oct 2020
      4:37pm

      Thanks, people!!! This is all very exciting. I love librarians (probly should have been one … oopsie), so a Goth Librarian can only be good!!! I will animate for sure!!

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      Carrie P
      2 Oct 2020
      1:49pm

      Huge Gilmore Girls fan here so I may have a few recs. I am just finishing up Steel Magnolias series on Netflix. Also enjoying Seachange on Acorn. And both Anne with an E and Heartland are light hearted Canadian Series on Netflix.

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        liz
        5 Oct 2020
        11:12am

        I’m watching Sweet Magnolias too. Basically like it for the eye candy.

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      Katy
      2 Oct 2020
      2:05pm

      My daughter and I are having fun watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched occasionally when it was first on but it is her first time. It’s great for a 12 year old girl to see a heroine whose main goal is to save the world from monsters rather than getting the guy though getting the guy is not totally ignored either, which makes it relatable.

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      Mary
      2 Oct 2020
      1:30pm

      I like “Life in Pieces” as pure escapism. Not too many depressing themes.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        2 Oct 2020
        2:05pm

        If you’re willing to go the animated route, Hilda on Netflix. Hilda has a pet deer-fox named Twig, which will make you long for this non-existent pet option. When in the library, Hilda and friends are aided by the Goth Librarian. After a harrowing misunderstanding with a forest troll, Hilda cheerfully utters the greatest life philosophy I’ve ever heard, “Such is the life of an adventurer.”

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      Jennipher
      3 Oct 2020
      12:59pm

      Just watched Enola Holmes, quite fun. Not a series, but an enjoyable two hour romp. Rewatching Raising Hope on Hulu. A sitcom from the creators of My Name is Earl. It’s not prefect, but it has such a good heart.

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    Julie
    2 Oct 2020
    1:18pm

    Thanks for the Vogue link. It’s so fascinating to see how people are wearing their masks and face coverings. And so many billowing pants!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    2 Oct 2020
    1:22pm

    Some really great, thought-provoking links this week. Thank you, Kim!

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    HickfromStyx
    2 Oct 2020
    10:59am

    …And one more thing. Speaking of right-wing fringe elements recruiting members of the military, look no further than Canada, where the Proud Boys got started. Active members of the military were among them.

    A reserve member of the Canadian Rangers from Manitoba, where the Proud Boys got started, recently made an attempt on the Prime Minister’s life. He stormed the PM’s property armed to the teeth, but the PM was not there at the time.

    The sickness is spreading, too. when a violent right-wing group crashed a peaceful anti-racism rally in Western Canada and attacked the protestors, the RCMP stood by and did nothing, claiming later that both sides need to be heard, racists and anti-racists alike. The officer interviewed smirked. Apparently “being heard” means freedom to assault people without consequences. Police are complicit.

    It’s getting ugly, and I can’t wait for November. I’m so tired of this.

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      Tally
      2 Oct 2020
      12:47pm

      The founder of the Proud Boys is from Canada, but I wouldn’t exactly say they “got started” here. Gavin McInnes lived in the US when he started it.

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        HickfromStyx
        2 Oct 2020
        1:01pm

        Actually, the Proud Boys got started with McInnes’s Vice Media out of Montreal. The “hipster provocateur” is originally British, some say, but he moved to the U.S. after living in Canada. Like most of these groups, the truth is murky. I’d happily hand him and his ilk off to any nation that wants to claim him and them as their own, though. Anyone want them?

        https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/gavin-mcinnes-quits-proud-boys

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          Dana D
          2 Oct 2020
          1:06pm

          Does anyone find it fascinating that they call themselves “boys”?

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            HickfromStyx
            2 Oct 2020
            2:44pm

            Being a “Boy” has very specific rules, as the Tyee explains.

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              Mamavalveeta03
              2 Oct 2020
              9:54pm

              I thought Proud Boys were all “incels” – involuntary celibates – which just means they can’t get laid.

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          Tally
          2 Oct 2020
          3:16pm

          I get what you’re saying, but McInnes moves to NYC in 2001 when the whole Vice editorial team moved. Vice was crap, but it wasn’t far-right. He started the Proud Boys ok by after he left Vice.

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          HickfromStyx
          2 Oct 2020
          2:36pm

          For more on this dude:

          https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/10/01/Gavin-McInnes-Proud-Boys-Violence/

          The man simply cannot be separated from the movement he spawned.

          If you think that’s frightening, Rebel Media has become accredited in the legislature press gallery of Canada’s most right-wing province. And the premier has started wearing too much self-tanner, like his idol.

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    Krista
    5 Oct 2020
    7:47am

    I just have to say thank you for the Street Style…I really needed that…:-)

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    Jeanne
    2 Oct 2020
    1:27pm

    Yeah I thought that too. I think the nomenclature signals an underlying belief that they act against social norms without responsibility. Boys will be Boys. Old Boys Club. It’s both disgusting and frightening

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      Jeanne
      2 Oct 2020
      1:28pm

      Oops…meant to be under DanaD

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