This week I attended my first poetry workshop at a New York Public library. It made me realize how much I miss the structure of school. I may have not enjoyed writing papers or having deadlines, but school brings with it a sense of purpose and form that shaped my time. I thought that I could return to having a simple structure through this blog, that I have been less than faithful to, by attempting to post each day. On Sundays, I have decided to post podcasts, articles, songs, etc., that have inspired or made me think this week.
Why Are Voters Angry? It’s the 1099 Economy, Stupid by David Dayen from New Republic
This article sums up many of my frustrations when it comes to describing the US economy. We are not creating lasting or full time jobs, but rather giving out 1099s that benefit employers, not workers. 1099s do not allow for benefits and, as I have done for the last 6 six years, workers have to save their money to pay for their taxes at one time. Ugh.
Sooo many white guys hosted by Phoebe Robinson and WNYC
The concept: a show without the presence of white men. Great! What I sometimes get worried about with this kind of concept though is that then the show continues to discuss one’s relationships with white men, usually comparatively. The barometer for success then is still white men, rather than the persons own worth. I just finished listening to Phoebe’s interview with Ilana Glazer from Broad City and I thought it was incredible. Phoebe asked Ilana about Broad City’s cultural appropriation of black culture and why Ilana is going back to stand-up comedy. Ilana’s responses were spot on and humble. I can’t wait for new episodes.
BoJack Horseman, Season 3
Last Friday, Season 3 was released on Netflix and I watched all 12 episodes in two sittings. This season has taken far more creative liberties than either of the two seasons, especially with episode 4, “Fish Out of Water.” I recommend this whole series as it raises the issues of depression, happiness, and loneliness as never have been done.
Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home”
Mr. Robot Season 2, episode 2 has an amazing montage and this song plays in the background. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.
Lastly, Movie Trailers
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Super excited for all of these, especially Luke Cage. I wish I was at Comic Con!
Thanks for reading, watching, and listening to my recommendations for this week!