Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Let's keep the night from leaving

I had an extra day off this week because I have one less day off next week, so here's a little rundown of what I've been up to:

* I've already seen 11 movies this month, and I've also finished two books. More on all that to come in the regularly scheduled "My [Blank] in Media" post.

Have you watched 'Dead To Me' yet? You should definitely watch 'Dead To Me.' I finished it all in one weekend, and it's so good. Also, if it inspires you to watch more things that the cast has been in, I recommend the Christina Applegate-led '90s cult classic 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead,' which greatly impacted my fashion sense and is currently on HBO.

I've been casually rereading Rob Sheffield's 'Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke' which, like all things Sheffield, remains great. Sample: "['Livin' on a Prayer' and 'Don't Stop Believin'] express the karaoke worldview at its most extreme. The idea of a lost and lonely solitary voice, fading into a massive communal chorus, lifted up by all these other streetlight people. We're all just strangers wandering through the night, with nothing except this song to bring us together. But we've got each other, and that's a lot."

I just kept adding my recent Spotify monthly playlists together, so I decided to go ahead and turn March/April/May into "Spring 2019." I might make it a regular thing because I kind-of like the idea of examining my listening habits by season. Standouts: I've been regularly listening to CRJ's 'Dedicated' (but mostly "Too Much"), Aly & AJ's 'Sanctuary' (but mostly "Not Ready to Wake Up") and a lot of DNCE and Jonas Brothers.

I've gotten into doing this thing where I share my favorite Instagram posts of (approximately) the week on my stories, and I don't know if anyone else likes looking at them, but I like doing it so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This weekend, I went to the Austin Record Convention – allegedly the largest record sale in the country (it was, in fact, massive) – and purchased the 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' soundtrack, Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Gold & Platinum' and Aerosmith's 'Live! Bootleg' on vinyl + a handful of band pins because I'll always be who I was when I was 14.

Things I should be saving for: a new computer, unfortunately, as mine is still working but now says it has "no battery available" (LOL) and trying to replace a battery in an eight-year-old computer sounds like a losing battle. Also a new skillet because mine is in rough shape. Things I want to be saving for instead: some sort of kitschy paper towel holder; a new dresser (mine has been through A Lot), preferably vintage, maybe mirrored?; and clothes that will not make me feel like I am slowly melting into the sidewalk.

Cool things I've got coming up: seeing The Dirty Nil on Tuesday at The Parish; Maggie, Melany and Dylan's "housecooling party" in June; and Aly & AJ at The Mohawk the next night.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

My April in Media

Only clocked six films in April, but watched a truly stunning amount of television. There are only so many hours in the day.

Field of Dreams
Here's an obvious fact: I don't watch sports. I do understand the passion for them, to an extent (I went to a high school where Ball Was Life and definitely sipped the Kool-Aid despite being desperately uncoordinated). But they're just not my thing. Ironically, something that is my thing? Baseball movies. I love baseball movies! All of them! There's something about films like The Sandlot, Bull Durham, A League of Their Own that feels so summery to me. I want to change into some cutoffs, brew some sun tea and have a hot dog. Until this month though, I had never seen one of the Baseball Movie Classics, Field of Dreams. It's a very American movie, about dreams, change, fathers and sons – and yeah, baseball. I liked it a lot, and not just because there's something about Kevin Costner. It had good characters, a good story and James Earl Jones. What more does a movie need?

Unicorn Store
I liked this film so, so much. It's unique, inspiring and a little unexplainable. I liked everything about it and have thought about the exchange "Why are you wearing a costume?" "Oh, these are just my clothes" every day since I watched it. Proves indisputably that Brie Larson really can do anything.

Homecoming
My primary takeaway from Homecoming, "a film by Beyonce," is that if Beyonce were good at any one of the things she's good at, she'd be an incredible force. But she's great at all of them. While some of the stylistic choices of the documentary portions were weird to me (why do all of the interviews with Beyonce sound like they were recorded on a tape recorder that was left in a drawer??), I was still very impressed by the show itself and the obvious work ethic behind it. Plus, I clearly have a soft spot for Texas women who incorporate bee iconography into their lives.

Someone Great
Delightful from start to finish. A romcom about how much you can love your friends. Also I would not be mad if we just started putting Gina Rodriguez in every movie. (I do have some questions about the romcom's preoccupation with journalist protagonists/love interests though.)

Captain Marvel*
Listen: Brie Larson singing Lita Ford karaoke in a cutoff Guns N' Roses t-shirt was an attack on me specifically. But more broadly, Carol Danvers is awesome. I left this movie feeling inspired and excited. Plus, it has a killer soundtrack and the cat is named Goose because of Top Gun. I mean, c'mon.

A Quiet Place
I didn't love it? But I think a lot of that was that I would've benefitted from seeing it in a theater and from seeing it before I saw Bird Box. That being said, it is still interesting, the sound editing is obviously very good and Emily Blunt could've (should've?) won an award on that bathtub scene alone. Insert Patrick Stewart "acting" gif here.

I also watched: a couple of episodes of The Newsroom (not sold yet), the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and The Bold Type, all of The Act (some people, y'all), some of the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and about an hour of The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (before I turned it off because it was bad).

Book-wise, I continued my slow but enjoyable journey through The Shining. I've always had mixed feelings about the Kubrick film (mostly because Kubrick is The Worst™), but reading this book just further convinces me that it's not actually a good movie and is also a terrible adaptation. It's like Kubrick scanned through half of the book, was like "I'll take the names, thanks" and then pretended the rest didn't matter? If you've ever watched The Shining and thought "this doesn't really make sense??" you should read the book. If you've watched it and haven't thought that, congratulations.

I'm also reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng which, like Ng's other novel Everything I Never Told You, is very good.

Other things I read this month that are good:
  • This piece explaining the greatness of Keanu Reeves is almost as great as Keanu himself. Fave quote: "Nothing gold can stay, except Keanu."
  • I love this piece by Kelsey McKinney on being a woman who loves baseball and the perfect film representation of that: Annie Savoy in 'Bull Durham' (a fantastic film).
  • Not everyone likes Marilyn Manson. In fact, it's fair to say that most people I know probably actively dislike him. But this essay he wrote in June 1999 in response to Columbine – and the unfair treatment he received as a scapegoat during the coverage that followed – is incredible and gut-wrenching in its present-day applications. Fun fact: When Manson was Brian Warner from Ohio, he was a music journalist. Here you can tell.
As far as music, I mostly listened to Lizzo's Cuz I Love You 100 billion times, but I also added some other songs to my heavy rotation. I also saw John Corabi (who was Mötley Crüe's lead singer for one album, which happens to be my favorite one and the one almost everyone else hates) in San Antonio and Seth Meyers (who I love) at the Paramount.

And Too Hot To Live time is already upon us, y'all. It's gonna be a looooong summer.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

My March in Media

I got to see seven of these 12 films before they were released to the public, so I truly lived my best life in March.

Pink Wall*
Like a few other films I've written about on here (The Tale, Tully), Pink Wall is a very good movie that doesn't make you feel very good. It kills it in every regard: cinematography, writing, acting, sound editing. It's Tom Cullen's directorial debut, and I have high hopes for his career. Plus, I obviously love Tatiana Maslany so much (she's that cute in real life, y'all). Read my full Professional Review™ here.

The Beach Bum*
This movie is ridiculous, but I couldn't help but like it? As Melany said before it started, "You're about to see Matthew McConaughey at his most Matthew McConaughey." She was right. I also got to attend a Q&A with Harmony Korine, McConaughey, Stefania LaVie Owen and Isla Fisher right after, which included some great behind-the-scenes stories and proof that McConaughey really is Like That in real life. Read more about that here.

Sword of Trust*
I can't really explain why this movie is good? Especially not without giving away a bulk of the plot. But if you like Marc Maron, you'll love it. If you like screwball comedies, especially of the heist variety (think Fargo), you'll like it and you may love it. If you just like movies with surprising, refreshing writing, you'll like it.

Little Monsters*
Wanted to love this one, but didn't. I consider myself a horror-comedy connoisseur, and this one was just passable. Lupita Nyong'o is good in it, but she's good in everything. Read more about why you should rewatch the better zom-coms of the world instead of watching this one here.

Nothing Stays the Same: The Story of the Saxon Pub*
I didn't have any expectations going into this film, and it ended up being one of my favorite events for all of SXSW. It's about an Austin institution and how it's managed to hang on even as its fellow music venues have lost their lives to high taxes and high-rises. I got to see it in a theater full of locals who felt strongly about the Saxon and the film's message, and it was delightful. You can read more about that experience here.

Pet Sematary*
Woof. Apparently, the entire Internet saw this movie and came away with a different conclusion than I did. But listen: it's bad. Read more about how bad it is here.

The Dirt
I actually watched The Dirt three weeks before it was released because Bryan got a screener for work and didn't want to sacrifice five years of friendship by watching it without me. But I rewatched it when it was released on Netflix on March 22. And ok: I'm biased. I've been a Mötley Crüe fan since I was a small child because of my parents and a huge fan on my own since I was 12. I read The Dirt a million times (after I got it for my fourteenth birthday, yikes), I saw them live six times, I wrote my college admissions essay about Nikki Sixx's battle with heroin addiction – I'm who this movie was made for. But I also waited 13 years for it (the rights were originally purchased in '06) and heard a lot along the way that made me almost as anxious about it finally happening as I was excited. But you know what? I like it. It's ridiculous and raunchy, the timeline doesn't make sense and I have no idea why anyone who isn't already a fan would watch it. But it was made for me, and I like it. I might not have believed that was possible a month ago.

Bad Reputation
I love Joan Jett with my whole heart. She very well may be the coolest person on the planet. And this is a great documentary explaining all the reasons why.

Studio 54
The moral of this story is: "Everything popular is corrupt." Studio 54 was a fascinating, absurdly successful juggernaut – and it ultimately fell apart because human beings can't be trusted to have power and money and not be criminals about it. This doc does a fairly good job of examining the criminality of what happened at Studio 54 – but it's also pretty smug. Like, it's truly Something to listen to a bunch of people talk about how inclusive and diverse their establishment was when it was also an establishment built on exclusivity. Also, the most fascinating part of the whole thing to me was that everything about Studio 54 was/is so '70s, but at the same time, with our current emphases on ~experiences,~ Instagram and #FOMO, I think something like it could happen again any second.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I'll be real: I didn't watch all of this. It was on in the background of a TMNT-themed potluck that I, someone with no connection to the turtles whatsoever, attended (it was bring-your-own-pizza, obviously). But I think I saw more than enough. It seems ridiculous, and I'm sure everyone that saw it as a child thinks it's the greatest movie ever made. Maybe they're right.

Poltergeist 
That final act! This movie was super fun. It was also pretty scary, with some effects coming across a little dated, but others still very impressive. I'm sure it's scarred children the world over and rightfully so. Plus, the last 30 minutes were completely unpredictable, crazy and delightful. I feel like this one would be a great one to see at a drive-in theater.

Mamma Mia: Here I Go Again!
A delight, obviously. Just as fun and campy as the first, plus the casting of young Donna, Rosie and Tanya is perfect. Could be carried just on the strength of how adorable Lily James is.

I finally finished Vampires in the Lemon Grove and my takeaway was mostly "meh." I did really enjoy "Reeling for the Empire" and "The New Veterans," and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" were quite good as well. I could take or leave the rest.

I also started reading The Shining – which will take me 90 years to finish, but I'm sure will be great – and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which I've wanted to read for months. Elsewhere in reads: I really connected with this piece about collaging as a form of expression, as someone who can't last four months in a bedroom without plastering the walls with photographs and scraps of magazines.

My most listened to music of the month was definitely The Dirty Nil's Master Volume, but I also discovered/rediscovered a few other great songs.

Let's enjoy these few great months before it's too hot to live, yeah?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Would you take a walk through the tombstones with me?

What's this? A blog post that isn't a "My [Blank] in Media"? With the old familiar: a song lyric title?

Yes, my friends. I did so much at SXSW this year that I couldn't possibly not write about it – and what's even better was it was my job. Like, I got a SXSW badge for free and got paid to cover stuff I would've been stoked to be at anyway. Yes, I might be bragging a little.

I kicked off my SX coverage on the first Friday by attending the activation for Amazon's forthcoming show, Good Omens, which was set up in what I assume is usually an empty lot. The 'Garden of Earthly Delights' included violinists and cellists playing Panic! at the Disco, very cute "hellhounds" and a ton of free stuff, from a tote bag to a full-size umbrella. It was awesome. Afterward, I worked an entire regular shift which almost killed me but didn't.

 On Saturday morning, I headed to the ZACH Theatre to see Pink Wall, the directorial debut of Tom Cullen, starring his girlfriend (the amazing) Tatiana Maslany and Jay Duplass. I liked it so much. I was afraid I was going in a little biased as a certified member of the Clone Club, but it was actually so good. Definitely one of those films that doesn't make you feel great, but that doesn't mean it isn't great, you know?

I honestly don't remember at all what I did Saturday afternoon, but I know it involved eating a very good, overpriced hamburger and writing my Pink Wall review in the bougey Mercedes-Benz media lounge in the convention center (shoutout for the free Dr Peppers). But Saturday night, I got to go to one of my fave events of the whole festival: "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Event," also at the ZACH. Y'all, again, I cannot stress this enough: It was my job to sit in the same room as these delightful men. And yes: Everything Neil Gaiman says is perfect, David Tennant's Scottish accent is even better IRL and Jon Hamm really does look that good in a suit, while also having the audacity to be funny too.

After the Good Omens event, I ended up at an unreasonably swanky CBD-themed dinner. Because, you know, SX.

Sunday morning, I didn't intend to cover anything because I was working that night. But then Melany told me Alamo Drafthouse was doing a screening of The Beach Bum, the collaboration between Harmony Korine and Matthew McConaughey, after which both of them and others would be doing a Q&A. Basically no Texas girl can resist McConaughey, least of all me, so obviously I went. The movie itself is absolutely ridiculous, but in a way I still enjoyed. McConaughey in person is even more ridiculous and more enjoyable.

On Monday, I had originally intended to cover the Shrill premiere, but about halfway through the day, I found myself going, "You know what? I just want to have fun today." And I did! I spent the afternoon wandering around downtown, listening for music I wanted to check out. Which led me to stumble upon Big Wy's Brass Band, one of my favorite finds of the week. They 100% seem like frat boys who, after too many PBRs, decided to randomly get great at brass and woodwind instruments. They're very good. They cover "Bye Bye Bye" and call themselves a "brass boy band." I love them.

Monday night, I went with Bryan to see Sword of Trust, a movie I knew nothing about except that it starred Marc Maron and had something to do with the Confederacy. It's much better than that pitch implies, but I can't full explain why, so I'll let Bryan do it. Caution: spoilers abound.


Tuesday, I saw Little Monsters, which I thought I would love, but didn't. I also briefly ended up at an NPR Tiny Desk concert in a church because, again, SX. And then I saw Joan Jett because when you're given the opportunity to see Joan Jett on a Tuesday night in the misty rain, you do it. She remains one of the coolest people on the planet.

Wednesday was a killer day. I saw the world premiere of Nothing Stays the Same: The Story of the Saxon Pub in the Paramount (a beautiful building that is terrible for SX screenings) with a bunch of locals who made the screening feel like a concert. It was delightful. At one point in the day, I ate some very good and almost painfully spicy hot chicken. Later, I spent approximately 10 minutes at a K-Pop event that took me about 30 minutes to get to.

And then at the end of the night, I went to see The Dirty Nil on Bryan's suggestion. It ended up being one of my best choices of the week because they are so good. I've had their albums on repeat for days. Also, on stage, their lead singer/guitarist wears one of the best shirts I've ever seen.

I had to work regular shifts on Thursday and Friday, so Saturday was my last day of SX craziness. I worked a full shift, then headed to Still Austin Whiskey Co. to see Bryan play in his latest band, Reen and the Renegades.

Then we both headed back downtown to attend the Pet Sematary premiere. The entire Internet will have you believe that remake is good, but here's the thing: it isn't.

Once we were done yelling at length about what a waste of time that film was to watch, we headed to a show on Rainey, where we ended up meeting David Fricke from Rolling Stone. Casual! NBD! I wanted to catch Quiet Company's set, but we missed it (for that very good reason!), so we went to a weird hip-hop showcase for exactly the amount of time it took me to drink one Eastcider. Then it was time to head home, away from the madness.

I'm still tired and probably still not properly nourished. I spent too many minutes in Lyfts and so much time on my feet. But it was so much fun. I'm so grateful that I got to spend an entire week doing what I love.

Life is pretty cool sometimes, y'all.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

My February in Media


Only clocked eight films in February, but they were all completely different!

Isn't It Romantic?*
Full disclosure: I saw Isn't It Romantic? immediately after a karaoke party where I had three drink tickets. So, my opinion may be...skewed. That being said, this film is a masterpiece. It's a satire of rom-coms that clearly still loves rom-coms, which is a stance I can fully relate to. The whole cast is great and there are two (2) musical numbers. It's so much fun.

Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin'
I haven't watched Insecure, so I went into this special not knowing anything about Amanda Seales. But it was great! There is one bad joke (you'll know it when you hear it), but the rest is delightful and Seales's vocal inflections and physical comedy take it over-the-top. I was laughing out loud the whole time.

Personal Shopper
Weird, but interesting. It left me with a detached, indifferent feeling -- but I think that was intentional, based on the film's overall tone. One nice thing: Kristen Stewart Shawn Hunters her hair a lot.

Velvet Buzzsaw
Everyone kept saying this film was aesthetically pleasing, but empty. And that's true, to an extent. Overall, I found it more engaging than I expected to -- but it suffers from bad effects and clunky acting, even from the handful of good actors that are in it. As far as "movies with themes of obsession and/or insanity starring Jake Gyllenhaal" go (there are...a lot), I'd put it above Nocturnal Animals (a truly empty film), below basically all the rest and nowhere near Nightcrawler, the last collab between Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and director Dan Gilroy. One pro: I love an animated credit sequence.

The Fast and The Furious
Listen. I could've probably gone my entire life without seeing a single Fast and Furious movie and been fine. I'd made it this long. But, I decided to give one (1) a chance. It was...very fast. Very furious. And incredibly dumb. But, it ended up being pretty fun to heckle.

Deadpool 2 (Super Duper Cut)
There's no way this movie could have been as good as the first one — and it isn't. But it's still pretty enjoyable. Would've been better with way less Russell (like, maybe no Russell? I realize he's like...the main plot, but meh) and more Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Coolest name ever.

Final Destination
I watched this on a whim because I've been making "Final Destination death" jokes for over a decade anyway. And I actually liked it! It's very unique and pretty entertaining, and it made me want to watch the rest, even though it seems like they all have the exact same plot.

Copycat
This was a decent '90s thriller. It mostly felt like if Criminal Minds had been shot at the same time as The X Files (there was even a tall, dark-headed male FBI agent and a short, redheaded female FBI agent), with obvious influence from The Silence of the Lambs. It had a few plot threads that seemed totally pointless and the 1995 tech did not age well. But overall, it was fine.

I also watched all of Netflix's Russian Doll, and you absolutely should too. It has Natasha Lyonne in it, so it's automatically good, but it's also very well-written, visually interesting and surprisingly touching. I liked it so much. Also, read this Natasha Lyonne profile while you're at it.

On the other hand, I also watched all of Hulu's PEN15, which I'm conflicted about. It's weird and incredibly cringy, but pretty true to life. If you went to a public middle school in the '00s, it will ring familiar and also make you want to Eternal Sunshine everything you did in that time from the brains of everyone who knew you.

I read the bulk of Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, but still haven't finished it. I really enjoyed two of the stories (the titular tale and "Reeling for the Empire," which is fantastic), but the others haven't dazzled me.

Great web things I read this month: a piece on the messy humanness of Ariana Grande's recent work; an article on how Rihanna always serves nothing but Looks; a profile of Lizzo, who I'm obsessed with, which has an incredible headline; an investigative piece about former MySpace Queen Audrey Kitching who is, apparently, still an Internet phony, though a very different kind; and this amazing article about the shape-shifting power of Lady Gaga that I somehow missed in October. Also, of course I loved the Rolling Stone Stevie Nicks interview conducted by Rob Sheffield. Everything she says is the greatest thing anyone has ever said.

Unintentionally, most of the songs I discovered in February were love-related. The sticky sweet Valentine's Day propaganda got me! (On that note, I also put a dumb amount of work into making my Instagram grid pink-tinted this month.) But there were only six new-to-me songs, so I just combined my January and February playlists into one.

Bye, February! You were very stressful, but you fortified me for the craziness of SXSW. Let the chaos commence! 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

My January in Media

2019 is off to a solid start! Ten movies in 31 days, ranging from the good and the bad of the '90s to some auteur cinema to some franchise films and more.

Never Been Kissed
This movie was so bad. I was physically uncomfortable the entire time and just kept hoping it would get better and it never did. I don't know why I watched the whole thing when I told myself I would stop watching films I'm not into, but I don't suggest you do the same.

Big Fish
In sharp contrast to Never Been Kissed, Big Fish -- which I watched immediately after -- was really, really lovely. I've always loved Tim Burton movies (I was that kind of teenager), and it makes me sad that watching so many of them is complicated now due to A Certain Actor. But he's not in this one! This movie is a sweet, fantastical tall tale that will make you miss any larger-than-life characters you've lost in yours. It made me cry a lot more than I expected to.

Support the Girls
I didn't dislike this movie, but I didn't really like it either. It does a good job of subtly showing the microaggressions and emotional labor women go through every day -- but it never quite nails its tone. That being said, Regina Hall gives a great performance.

Aquaman
"You know how the first Iron Man movie is like they made a movie around how charming Robert Downey Jr. is? This movie is like they made a movie about how -" "Attractive Jason Momoa is?"  Yeah, Aquaman is absolutely ridiculous. But it's also pretty fun -- and, ya know, Jason Momoa is in it.

Chasing Amy
I didn't expect to like this movie, and I still don't know that I did. But it was surprisingly deep and much more compassionate than I expected.

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Everyone seemed to have A Problem with this movie, but I actually liked it a lot! Sure, it wasn't perfect -- but it was fun and it made me super pumped about Star Wars, which is what a Star Wars movie is supposed to do. Also, Donald Glover was every bit as perfect as Lando Calrissian as I thought he'd be. And I need my closet to be half Lando, half Darkheaded Daenerys (er, Qi'ra).

Tully
There's a big reveal in this film that, unfortunately, I had been spoiled on ahead of seeing it. And yet, it still packed a punch. Like the previous collabs between Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody -- Young Adult and, to a lesser extent, Juno -- this is an incredibly raw film that doesn't always feel nice to watch. But it also stands as a reminder that a good film doesn't have to make you feel good. Plus, Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis are incredible.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
How I made it this far in life without seeing this film, I don't know. It's delightful. A perfect companion piece to one of my favorites of all time, Scream, although less (intentionally) funny. I also expected it to be pure ridiculousness, but it actually ended up having a pretty good story!

Eighth Grade
Somehow, the Academy decided to completely shut out Eighth Grade. And while I don't make a habit of complaining about what is and isn't nominated for awards (because, despite my deep love of award shows, they obviously Do Not Matter), that is so messed up. Elsie Fisher deserves a Best Actress nomination. Bo Burnham deserves a Best Director nomination. Josh Hamilton deserves a Best Supporting Actor nomination just for the terrified look he flashes by the fire in the backyard! Anyway. Ignore the Academy and watch Eighth Grade. It's beautiful.

Pet Sematary
For 75% of my viewing experience, I was into this. It felt very 1989, had some horror staples (incompetent parents, an annoying child, a Creepy Local played by none other than Herman Munster). Then the final act happened, and then all I could think was, "...That was wild." I'm not going to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say, I'm dying to know what the remake that comes out in April will be like.

I also watched a ton of TV this month, though I have no idea when? Some new gems: You (terrifying; Penn Badgley was meant to play a sociopath) and Sex Education (I could write a whole essay about why you should watch this, but what more do you need than "Gillian Anderson plays a hot mom/sex therapist"?). Plus, some shows that keep staying gems: The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-NineYou're the Worst, Grace and Frankie.

Oh, and I also read some stuff! Book-wise, I'm currently reading Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, and I'm loving it. As for articles: Everyone you know probably shared this article on Millennial Burnout, either to commiserate or complain, but it really is interesting. And this Rolling Stone profile of Jordan Peele is great. The guy's a visionary, and I'm delightfully terrified of what he's going to do next.

Finally, some jams.

We made it through the first month! As the kids say, let's get this bread.