I'm really sorry that these pieces of shit in the commenst think this is an appropriate time or place to give us their unwanted opinions.
I think this is one of the best pieces the Awl has ever published. I hope writing this was helpful to you in some way. I hope you're getting what you need, whatever that might be.
1) I'm so glad you posted that backstage "Wild Heart" clip because it's my favorite video on YouTube, hands down, even more than all the dumb cat videos so dear to my heart.
2) I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, then, on rock critics' general adulation for Kate Bush. She also got a lot of dismissive 'fairy sprite' talk, but she also got praised as a creative force and is credited for her huge influence over later artists.
Hahahaha, you were asked for your most embarrassing reads and you guys listed Raymond Carver and Virginia Woolf? You guys are the ones who go to job interviews and say your greatest faults are that you work TOO hard and care TOO much.
I notice it's mostly the women who got really honest about the terrible shit they've read. Lurlene McDaniels? Oh yeah, absolutely. (The trilogy about the Amish guy!!) Sweet Valley High? Excellent. But come on, nobody is actually embarrassed to have read Stephen Fucking King, dudes. Tell me about your Chuck Palanhuik phase.
Thank you for this list, I'm adding all of it to my reading list immediately.
I'd also recommend Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary, which is another example of those "I don't have a narrative history of the world" books, this one focusing on the history of Islam in the Middle East.
I met him last year and there's a picture of us somewhere on the event photographer's website still. I just now realized I have never ordered a copy of it. I was thinking I could align it next to a copy of that picture of Lil' Clinton meeting JFK and cross my fingers and hope for the best.
Also he didn't make me swoon, to my deepest disappointment, but he looked skinny as HALE. Though if Hillary had been there I would have started fanning myself.
Because I enjoy punishment, I follow Housing Works' wonderful Tumblr account even though I live on the West Coast. When I eventually make it out that way, I'm pretty sure my excitement about visiting Housing Works will outrank that of, say, the Empire State Building.
@IBentMyWookie I live in San Francisco and I used to do fancy political fundraising and now I work at a major museum. In both of these worlds DeDe Wilsey is inescapable. Sometimes my friends who work at the other fine arts museums like to sneak up on each other and whisper "Dede's coming today..." to watch everybody start sweating.
Why would any woman voluntarily choose to meet Redditors? I've never seen such a misogynistic, hateful bunch of white 20something dudes. Every time I visit that website for more than five minutes I have to stop and think about my real life male friends before I start to think that all dudes are that creepy, needy, and secretly hateful of women.
Guys, listen, you GUYS, this is just perfect because I live in San Francisco and yesterday I tried out Humphrey Slocombe ice cream, right around the corner from my house, for the first time. Their signature flavor is called "Secret Breakfast" and it is BOURBON ICE CREAM with CORNFLAKES, and it is the greatest ice cream flavor ever devised. They will make a float out of it with a bottle of coke (right?) and homemade BOURBON CARAMEL. I needed an excuse to go back today and eat that for the second day in a row, and here I see it's Bourbon Day. Thank you so much.
I'm not saying this explains everything about my first couple boyfriends. I'm just saying this explains a lot.