Friday Five: Lena Dunham’s Version of ‘Oleanna,’ The Best Use of Rihanna And PJ Harvey At The End Credits Of A Show, And The Most Flattering Blouse Of All Time

+ Moonlight won! I know everyone’s talking about that Best Picture Oscar craziness, but I still am so psyched that a small indie microbudget movie about a poor black gay male’s coming-of-age experience won an Academy Award. If you haven’t seen it, please rent it — or see it when it hits theaters again this […]

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Friday Five: The Last Self-Help Book I Will Ever Do, TV Shows Galore And A Gym Outfit To Please My Inner Goth

This has been what I call a “FEEL ALL THE FEELS” week. Emotionally gritty and draining for a few reasons: job stress, family issues that aren’t mine directly but still hard to bear witness to, usual routines gone to anarchy. Everything’s been kind off for me: exercise, eating, sleep, stress, emotions. Ironically, the least stressful […]

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Friday Four: Re-Watching Gossip Girl, A Concise, Non-Overwhelming and Un-Soul-Crushing Way To Keep Up With 45’s Political Horrors, And A Beautiful Story By Elizabeth Barker

What a rough week! Everyone at home has been sick, including little Budgie. He’s usually a good sleeper, but with second-year molar madness happening and this cold, nights are really long now. I just want to lie in bed and read, but that seems impossible, what with work, family, job and whatever. Here are a […]

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Friday Five: A Mini-Review of Amazon Prime Pantry, The Dang Ed Sheeran Song That Haunts Me And When You Wear Headphones As Earmuffs Because It’s So Cold Out

Oh, man, winter doldrums. I’m feeling them pretty hard this year, mostly because I think I’m still feeling a bit of exhaustion from a busy holiday and New Year’s season — and starting all these new duties at my job — and haven’t had much opportunity to really recover. I’m pooped and feeling very unmotivated, […]

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Friday Five: My Fave Outfit This Week, The Young Pope, The Lobster And Lea Seydoux’s Absolutely Stellar Resting Bitch Face

Is anyone watching “The Young Pope”? I wasn’t initially going to watch it — a drama about the Vatican sounds like a bit of a sausage fest to me, which isn’t my thing. But I caught the first episode and was mesmerized by it. It was genuinely filmic, with superb lyrical camera movement, cinematography and […]

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Friday Five: Young Thug’s Accidental Exercise in Postmodernism, Yay to Women’s Marches and Finishing My Epic January Re-Reading of Harry Potter

+ While I wasn’t able to march in one this weekend, my heart was with all the people who participated in the women’s demonstrations. It was a historic event, and also the first time in awhile I’ve felt some semblance of hope and vibrancy about the U.S., politics and the future in a long, long […]

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Friday Five-Plus: My Top Things of 2016

What else can I say about 2016 that I haven’t already written yet? I wrote the “deep dive” stuff yesterday, so here instead I’ll mention the fun things, because an account of the year isn’t just insights and enlightenments — it’s all those little memories and experiences that give it texture and spark. What was […]

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