As promised (threatened?) I’ve watched approximately 39 hours of Love Island UK.
If that number seems high to you, clearly you are unaware that I have at least 20 more hours to go. But Kim, you may be wondering, aren’t you feeling the ick? Is the math really mathing? And you know what? It isn’t. This time change is not my friend. Neither are the number of days this week that have been hovering around 20 degrees. Spring, please enter the villa. I’ve got my thong bikini on (I would never) and I’m ready to graft.
In a surprising twist, I am able to read and watch 39 hours of television. I know. How does she do it? This week’s offering is long. In the words of our fearless baking leader, take only what you need.
• Kimmy Styled, a fat positive content creator, started a group for folks who desire community, fun and freedom from diet, wellness, health and weight-loss talk. I profiled her for the Nashville Scene.
• Lindy West wrote about The Whale for The Guardian and it’s a powerful read, especially if you’re unfamiliar with how great of a film critic Lindy is.
• If you’re a memoir reader, add this one to your list: Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H. I read it for Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club and it blew me away. It’s a coming-of-age memoir about being Muslim, queer and an immigrant. It’s one of the best memoirs I’ve read. (Bookshop.org)
• If you want to try before you buy, listen to Lamya H. on The Stacks podcast. They talk about the book and why Lamya writes under a pseudonym.
• Speaking of Roxane Gay, she was profiled in The Guardian. She talks about burnout, writers’ block and being extremely happily married, which I love for her.
• Virginia Sole Smith put out a great episode of her Burnt Toast podcast on anti-aging and the intersection of pro-aging and body liberation work. Listen here. (Substack)
• I love this profile on Penn Badgley by Nichole Perkins for Harper’s BAZAAR.
• “Allyship doesn’t rely on evaluating trans people as morally deserving, but rather on recognizing everyone’s right to the resources and public goods that raise our quality of life,” Jules Gill-Peterson for them.
• Imani Perry on how fraught our healthcare system is for Black women. Read it here. Related, her book South To America is amazing if you haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet. (The New York Times, Bookshop.org)
• Tennessee has already signed into law two anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ bills and is working on more in the coming months. If you’d like to help the people in Tennessee being directly targeted by these discriminatory laws, here is a list of local resources. (Nashville Scene)
• ICYMI: I’m hosting two events in Nashville. On March 23 I’m hosting an author event with Lacie Waldon at Parnassus. On April 22 I’m teaching a social media workshop for writers. (The Porch Tennessee)
• An argument for Chaka Khan. (TikTok)