Hello friends and welcome to your Sunday. We have our friend Kim Baldwin here with our Sunday offerings. Let them ease you through this never ending January feeling (I know it’s February I don’t want to talk about it). My humble offering is the coffee I suggest you make for yourself and the above confetti chocolate chip cookies because when all else fails, eat something rainbow. I’m so glad you’re here. Now, here’s Kim! —–>
Happy Valentine’s month! I hope you’re ready to be depressed! Just kidding, only one of my links will make you mad. Okay, two tops. Listen, anger is the only thing keeping me tethered to this mortal coil. Just let me have it. As usual, I’ve got a couple articles to make you think, some tv shows and podcasts to recommend, and you know I’m going to tell you about a book. Let’s get to it!
• This essay is a gut punch. I operate as a woman on the internet, so when someone like Aubrey sounds the alarm, I pay attention because this isn’t where it stops. This is where it starts. That’s How It Works When You’re a Woman on the Internet. (Substack)
• Abrupt pivot. Have you watched Yellowjackets? I LOVED it. Honestly, it’s worth the Showtime subscription. Here is Doreen St. Félix on the nineties-era survival drama your whole timeline is talking about: Horror and Hormones, Grief and Gore, in “Yellowjackets”. (The New Yorker)
• I struggle with plantar fasciitis, which, turns out, is a chronic condition. Fun! To try to help my broken feet, I joined Lauren Leavell Fitness and started taking online barre classes. Lauren was just added to SELF’s inaugural Future of Fitness advisory board, which is so cool. Read about how this board is challenging the way the fitness industry treats fatness. Lauren Leavell Fitness / Self)
• One of my all-time favorite authors is Hanif Abdurraqib and he wrote a children’s book. It’s called Sing, Aretha, Sing! and I have already ordered a copy. Do I have children? No. Am I going to read it to my cat? Yes. (Parnassus Books)
• Speaking of reading, in an earlier post, I talked about how reading is becoming a competitive sport on Instagram. Here is Kimberly Harrington reminding us that productivity culture is going to kill us all and to read like no one is watching. (Substack)
• In the past week, you may have heard “West Elm Caleb” and thought, do I even want to know what this is? I was listening to Pop Chat because they were talking about Euphoria and I accidentally learned what West Elm Caleb is. It’s both a journey and an education. (cbc.ca)
• Sticking with the podcast beat, Roxane Gay has a new podcast called The Roxane Gay Agenda and her first episode with Tressie McMillan Cottom has a ton of Nashville content. It’s the mullet conversation you didn’t know you needed. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
• It’s here! Virginia Sole-Smith wrote part 2 of Jeans Science. If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so hard to find a good fitting pair of jeans, especially if you’re above a size 6, this will explain it. (Substack)
• Fellow Nashvillian and supporter of all my cat-related content, Love and Olive Oil has a sour cream chocolate cake with glossy chocolate frosting that I am 100% making for Valentine’s Day. Lindsay, if you’re reading this, meowza.
• ICYMI: I’m teaching Social Media for Writers in Nashville on February 19. Right now the class is scheduled to be in-person. If it changes to virtual, I’ll announce it on my Instagram. (Porchtn)
Thanks for reading. See you in the comments!