Feb 2020, Fave Media

When I released the expectation of writing a non-fiction blog post a month, one flew right out of me for February. So I spent the back half of February just letting myself write slowly on whatever struck my fancy. Honorable reading mention to Stephanie Garber’s Caraval.

Books

Fed Up by Gemma Hartley

Hartley got this book after her article on Harper’s Bazaar went viral. I read the book because I struggled immensely with the article (for personal reason). I was very surprised at how much I loved the book, and was even more surprised when it took a Brené Brown-like turn into perfectionism.

The Assassin’s Curse & The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

These books were damn fun and a breeze to read. I love Annanna’s voice as our 1st person narrator, that she’s a pirate, and she bucks her arranged marriage. Also love the manticore who just wants to be groomed and eat manflesh. XD Also, magic/psychic bonds. Also also, kudos to the author for that ending, which would usually drive me to fanfic, but instead made me sigh wistfully.

Note: both books were subsequently republished in one volume as Magic of Blood and Sea.

Short Fiction

Alyssa Cole’s Bulgom Pamplemousse of the Knights Doudou

An adorable addendum/epilogue to A Prince on Paper. Spoilers if you haven’t read A Prince on Paper though.

Michael Robertson’s Charlie Tries to Interview Her Nanny

Oof, my heart.

Carrie Vaughn’s Sinew and Steel and What They Told

Yet again, oof, my heart. But this time because love! And what the narrator was sent out to do.

Articles

Kyle Buchanan’s interview with Linda Hamilton, Linda Hamilton Fled Hollywood – but ‘Terminator’ Still Found Her

Alexander Chee’s How To Unlearn Everything

  • Invaluable advice on writing the Other.

Frances Stead Sellers’ How America developed two sign languages — one white, one black

  • “I’m always told by deaf African Americans, ‘I am black first; then I’m deaf,’” Redd said. “White deaf people are deaf first and then white.”

HB’s Good girl, bad boy: can we neutralize gender in dirty talk?

  • Had never thought about this before!

Rebecca Reynolds’ A few awkward thoughts on the love language of physical touch

  • Note, the author does come from a religious angle and mentions things like “celibate gays.” But I do strongly relate to what she’s getting at with touch.
  • “You get what I mean. There’s no other love language that requires such abrupt, formal, measured interaction. Those love languages are all considered “safe,” so our culture has no built-in barriers or limits on how these languages should be offered or received….

    This is more like an innate need to be constantly surrounded by a mass of golden retriever puppies, the need to constantly stand in the crash of an ocean, or the need to feel breeze on your arms.”

Steve Rubenstein’s Once was enough, says Oakland principal who rowed from Chile to Antarctica

  • This is the most rower thing I’ve ever read; I cackled when I read it.

Podcasts

Duolingo Spanish

Season 6 just concluded. Highly recommend it. I get to listen to Spanish speakers from different parts of the world with different accents, and learn more about history and culture. I appreciate how Duolingo as a whole has incorporated LGBTQ characters in their lessons, and in their real life stories. Transcripts for each episode are available.

The Heart

It’s back!! While Kaitlin Prest is no longer hosting (Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter have taken over), I am so excited to see this back in my feed. Donate.

This Land

I love SCOTUS stuff, and I found this to be really informative on Indigenous history and law in the US. Told in a storytelling binge-able style.

Misc.

Cirque Du Soleil’s AmaLuna

She should’ve gotten with the lizard instead of the boy! Ok, now that that’s out of the way… It’s always amazing to see what the body can do. Magical, impressive, gasp-worthy, amazing. Definitely recommend seeing a Cirque Du Soleil production if you have the opportunity (and $) to do so.

SF Ballet’s Infinite Ocean (choreo. Edwaard Liang) & The Big Hunger (choreo. Trey McIntyre)

I saw an excerpt from Infinite Ocean a couple years back, and leapt at the chance to see the piece in full. It did not disappoint. I love the music, I love the delicateness of the dancing, and I love that ending when the last dancer turns back to look at the audience and jumps.

I can’t say I loved The Big Hunger the same way I did Infinite Ocean, but I love what it did with the gendered nature of dancing. One of my biggest pet peeves when I danced was that as a female dancer I would’ve been tracked into pointe, while the men got to the partnering and big jumps. There’s no reason men can’t do pointe or women the big jumps. The Big Hunger removed those markers for the most part, and you couldn’t tell the gender of the dancers. It was wonderful to see the men dancing “femininely” and comprising the corps de ballet.

Nike’s Lunar New Year ad

Who amongst us has not had to politely deny money we wanted?

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