- These modernist homes are so amazing to look at, and most of them have been in the movies. (Messy Nessy Chic)
- Check out the new Maya Angelou quarter, the first in a series honoring legendary American women. (Kottke)
- This piece—about the wild and wacky world of estate sales—is pretty great. (New Yorker)
- Robert Altman is one of my favorite directors, so I was very much down for this oral history of his 2002 movie, Gosford Park.
- Sidney Poitier died this week; here’s a thoughtful guide to his work.
- Did you listen to the latest episode of Everything is Fine yet? We’re a bit all over the place, but it’s pretty fun. (Apple Podcasts)
- “The Perpetual Rage of Motherhood”—fascinating. (The Cut)
- Here are all the movies arriving in theaters or streaming this month. (A.V. Club)
- And here’s your rabbit hole of the week: “52 Things I learned in 2021.” (Flux)
- Olympic figure skating outfits and scandals through history—this was fun. (Go Fug Yourself)
- A fascinating piece on sex after 70. (NY Times)
Robert Altman was one of my favorite directors too.
I just returned to another really good director (well, a great iconic director) — Ingmar Bergman — after watching the HBO tribute and remake of Scenes from a Marriage, I watched the condensed movie version of Bergman’s original with Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. I really liked it and Ullmann, wish I could watch the full 6-episode miniseries too.
I enjoyed this week’s EIF podcast. I’m Chinese and wasn’t offended by Kim and Jen’s conversation about Sixteen Candles. The acknowledgement that the movie is racist was good. I didn’t take their “but” as a comment to dismiss the racist and rapey aspects. My 80s teen Sixteen Candles experience was a simultaneous identification with Molly Ringwald’s character and a feeling of being evicted and cruelly mocked because of the treatment of the Long Duk Dong character. While I still find Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) super duper hot (btw, he’s supposedly a woodworker who makes furniture now, even hotter) and understand other charms of the movie, I haven’t been super keen to revisit it in adulthood. Often my attitude towards John Hughes — find him charming, but not unproblematic. The other hugely problematic movie I still return to over and over is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s still a great enjoyable classic (mainly Audrey Hepburn’s and Patricia Neal’s performances, fashion and the 1960s New York setting) and I try to ignore the sections with the horrible Japanese stereotype played by Mickey Rooney in yellowface. I can still enjoy the other parts of it. While the discussion of poke could have been more diplomatically fleshed out with more context and disclaimers, what I heard was mainly a casual conversation about personal food tastes and preferences. This is what I like about the Kim-and-Jen-only EIF episodes — they are informal conversations. I wouldn’t want to lose that aspect. Finally though, I’m not presenting my POV here as being a contradiction or rebuttal to other POVs, but just as one POV.
I’m interested in this topic as well as the use of other mind-expanding drugs as an adjunct to forms of more traditional types of therapy. Why not get an expert on the show…Michael Pollen maybe?
This weeks podcast was a really good one. I’d like to learn more about micro dosing as that has been recommended for my son so maybe an expert or someone super knowledgable about that method as a future guest? Great list of links as usual, Kim! Hope everyone has a safe weekend!