week in review 04: let’s try this again shall we?

Whoopsie, I kinda dropped the ball on this whole blogging thing didn’t I? Here’s hoping this second attempt goes slightly better than the first! In the spirit of Haley Nahman and her incredible Maybe Baby newsletter (legitimately the best thing in my inbox every single week), here are 15 Things I’ve Consumed Recently:

  1. In a possible stroke of brilliance on my part, I had my first therapy session ever on March 13, 2020 — 5 days before San Francisco went into shelter-in-place. One of the things I’ve been regularly discussing with my therapist is just how much trauma we’ve all had to process in an incredibly short amount of time. It seems like every single day we are faced with a new horror and because the wheels of capitalism must keep on churning we are having to quickly “be okay” while never having the space to truly process everything that has happened. Our tanks are depleted but there’s never been more pressure to act as if they are full! It’s exhausting! Anyway, I’ve been having a hard time fully putting all of this into words so when Anne Helen Petersen slid into my inbox with her essay on the habituation of horror, I immediately forwarded it to my therapist. One of the best things I’ve read in weeks.
  1. Related: this tweet
  1. I tried on a pair of Good American jeans recently and ????? I’m in love.
  1. Learning that Harry Styles will be co-starring in a movie with Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and the queen herself Dakota Johnson is possibly the only good news of 2020 so far
  1. Obseeesssssssssed with this Blink-182-ified cover of Semi-Charmed Life. I love that you can tell when he is singing as Mark vs Tom. It is truly brilliant. It also made me feel nostalgic for something that never fully existed?
  1. This piece about the pandemic’s effect on the most vulnerable people living on the fringes in Orlando. This is a side of Orlando that I was completely oblivious to when I briefly lived there and it was heartbreaking to see so much human suffering in the shadows of the most magical place on earth.

  1. Like most people Online I read the Emrata essay earlier this week and felt truly indignant on her behalf. But then the more I thought about it, there was something about it that felt….very off to me. Luckily Haley Nahman was there to break it down for me in her latest newsletter (seriously the cream of the crop among newsletters).

  1. I enjoyed the Fast Times at Ridgement High table read so much more than I thought I would. Everyone was talking about the Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt of it all, but I really think we should be talking about the fact that this is Shia LaBeouf’s world and we are all just living in it.
  1. I’m Thinking of Endings Things: a book I loved and a movie I did not.

  1. This Esquire piece from 2016 on The Falling Man in one of the most iconic photos from 9/11

“Maybe he jumped to fulfill the terms of a miracle. Maybe he jumped to come home to his family. Maybe he didn’t jump at all, because no one can jump into the arms of God. Oh, no. You have to fall.”

  1. This…..song……is……..perfect?????? Still a hard pass on Euphoria tho
  1. My friends and I have become increasingly obsessed with watching/reading/listening to things that scare us and I recently learned that this is actually a common coping mechanism for people with anxiety. Validation!
  1. I’m having a hard time not listing a different YouTube video for every one of these, but I’ve honestly spent most of quarantine reading books and watching YouTube so *shrug emoji*. Anyway, I recently fell down the rabbit hole of vocal coach Natalie Weiss’ sessions with her students and she’s so good. I can’t sing at all, but even I feel like a better singer after watching these. The power of the YouTube!
  1. This podcast episode on the appropriate number of times to shuffle a deck of cards was delightful

  1. Okay, this last one is kinda cheating cause this is something I would like you to consume which is my new booktube channel! I’m having a lot of fun with this new quarantine hobby and would really love if you checked it out. Here’s my latest video:

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