"We will stop Dong Watch once there’s a female president, zero wage gap, and Swedish-level paid parental leave; once tampons, birth control, and abortions are all available free and on-demand."
"I’m now wondering if the abundance of more freeform music referenced in the text has also had a kind of structural effect in this book. There’s a lot to take in here: stories about groups of friends fragmenting and evolving over the years; unlikely epiphanies; ventures into unexpected corners of history–the Jewish community in Hong Kong, for example. These are characters that surprised me when reading the book: the ways in which they come together, the ways in which they evolve, the ways in which they hold true to principles or abandon them or jettison elements of their life because of them. That blend of groundedness and unpredictability ultimately creates a fantastic sense of the unexpected in Flings."
"A potentially opinion-worthy topic presents itself. A community of professional take-havers finds itself obliged to opine. The takes they generate may or may not be strongly held; they may or may not add up to some sort of dialogue. Regardless, they will be forgotten by next week, when a new object of obligatory opinion-having looms into view."
"Mixing wisdom from Ovid and Mary Oliver with practical descriptions of tools and varieties of wood, MacLaughlin describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand, the strangeness of working as a woman in an occupation that is 99 percent male, and how carpentry changes the way one sees the world."
(via Hammer Head | W. W. Norton & Company)
I survived this week by escaping twitter and the news into Nina MacLaughlin’s beautiful, meditative, and soothing memoir of sawdust, kitchen tile, built-in bookcases, table-making, roofing, and the weight of wood. I’m only sorry that most of you will have to wait until March to read it.
Tortellini soup made with beef stock, pork stock, and chicken stock. Also, grilled kielbasa. #stock tips #soup #food
Oh man, this looks perfect.
Okay, dudes, here are the pants. Honestly, can I wear these in public? Is this a Hannah-Horvath-style please-dress-better-for-your-body-type situation, or are they cute?
New York Times Best Selling Authors, they’re just like us!
Come see me co-host with Isaac Fitzgerald! Look at that roster. You can get Janet Mock, Nicole Cliffe, Mallory Ortberg, and Saeed Jones ALL on the same stage! We’re going to have a blaaaaaaassssssssst!
I immediately bought three tickets to this. Can’t wait!!!!
Bought em! How about you?