Last week’s Link-a-palooza, a few days late

Oh gosh. There are so many things to rail about today (the Voting Rights Act, SCOTUS generally) and so many things to celebrate (Wendy Davis, DOMA’s defeat). I’ll get to that in future posts once I have a chance to dial down the excitement/rage and write coherently.

And so, I realize that my Link-a-palooza for last week is a little late, but last week was an intellectual wringer for me. My mind is full of stuff about PRISM, privacy, protest. And then it’s full of things about Ag Gag laws and the treatment of the animals that I eat and what kinds of responsibilities I have to the universe and to feeling creatures as a person who eats food. And it’s full of breakthrough moments about who I am as a writer, my voice, who I’m trying to be and who I don’t have to be.

There’s a lot going on in my brain. I will probably write some things about it. That will come later. When the world becomes overwhelming to me, I tend to retreat. I absorb in isolation and then come back out with my ‘guns blazing,’ so to speak.

For now, here’s a round-up of what I was paying attention to last week (aside from everything else).

Two Videos and One Thought-Provoking Read

Bitchy Resting Face
For serious, “bitchy resting face” is what I privately called my default face until this video made it public. Yes, y’all. This is real, and I’m not going to change my face and walk around with a gigantic creepy smile instead. Deal with it.

Russell Brand Destroys MSNBC Talk Show Host for Treating Him Like Shit
I don’t know enough about Russell Brand to be a fan of him or not, but this is pretty fantastic. It gets uncomfortable reeeeeeeal quick, and I’m okay with that. In my limited experience with morning talk shows, it seems like many hosts really don’t have their shit together. Maybe they haven’t had enough coffee yet? Or is our society too used to passive-aggressive and/or indirect confrontation? It is startling to be confronted directly and to be called out on your bullshit, for sure, and I’m glad Russell Brand creates these moments of friction for the hosts and for the viewers.

VICE Magazine got all Necrophilic on Female Writer Suicides
This…okay. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure you can find it on the interwebz somewhere. Everything surrounding this VICE spread is gross.  The glamorization of suicide, of the deaths of female writers, that it’s a fashion spread.  And I’m tired of the non-apologies. The “sorry-I’m-not-sorry-you-can’t-understand-my-art” and “sorry-if-you-felt-like-this-was-offensive-and-hurtful” apologies.

Your Long(ish) Reads

Why is Contemporary American Poetry so Good?
I’m also really tired of the sentiment that poetry is “dead” or that poets only write for other poets or that poetry has no relevance in contemporary times. I’m tired of the idea that poetry as an art is impenetrable intellectually or emotionally, and that poetry is inaccessible. Poetry is alive and well, and the good shit is for the people, by the people, and it’s an act of revolution. This article is a good starting place in learning why poetry is not “dead” or “bad.”

A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes
This will probably happen at least once a week, but I haven’t read this all the way through yet. But I am 99% sure that it will be worth your time. (Last week’s Paisley Rekdal article, “Some Thoughts on Biracialism and Poetry,” was definitely worth it.) Patton Oswalt is becoming a hero to me.

Well, this edition of Link-a-palooza felt a little rant-y, but I didn’t go too far (I hope). Read the stuff, watch the vids. I’m at work on compiling good resources for getting informed on all the rigamarole going on this week. Happy reading! Also, happy thinking!


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