Were you expecting an Oscar-related post? Because you're not getting one. Mainly because we did not see enough of the nominated movies this year to form well-rounded opinions on them and otherwise I can't say we're that invested in the whole thing, other than to be attending Mike's annual food pun Oscar party with a big plate of "War for the Planet of the Grapes" in tow. Although, if we have to go on record, then we're in the "Dunkirk" and/or "Get Out" camps. Rather than wallow in the self-aggrandizing of our own industry, we leave you this week with the above photo of a bear from a past trip to Idyllwild (where we ventured last weekend again with good friends) and a new format below for this weekly post. Enjoy!
I'm a big fan of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast and as one of the co-founders was recently diagnosed with endometrial cancer, they are organizing blood drives across the US in her honor. I'm signed up to donate locally on the afternoon of March 24. Won't you join me?
Two books on Kindle sale at Amazon today for less than $2.00 - genre-based Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology and the illustrated Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History. I snagged both and we'll call it "research."
A place to give this week - Sisters in the Storm is organizing a round of national outings to buy out theatrical screenings of "A Wrinkle in Time" for young Black girls in an effort to promote diversity in representation and interests in math and science. They are less than $400 from their goal. $5 will help do it.
Jessica Valenti spearheading a short video essay series for Eater that covers some topics where food, culture, politics and identity intersect. I particularly liked the clip with Cecile Richards, but they are all good.
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention something about the Parkland shooting - opinion pieces aside, BuzzFeed had an incredible article on the "headquarters" (aka parents' living rooms) where the kids are organizing their revolution. I dare you to read it and not be inspired.
I really don't need to embellish this headline at all: Fight over man's flatulence forces flight to make emergency landing
Confession - I'm a closeted lover of this song. After reading this article I fell down a rabbit-hole of revisiting all of Melissa Etheridge's music videos from the early 90s and consequently decided that the video for Come to My Window is highly inappropriate and in poor taste. Sophie B. Forever.
A new cool thing in urban travel is that you can now ditch your bags not only at your hotel, but at a wide array of businesses who are willing to accommodate some luggage-free sight-seeing for a nominal fee.
Ok, one article about movies. Quartzy with some quick blurbs on movies you may or may not have seen this year, including two glowing reviews on our aforementioned favorites.
Do you love Marc Maron's podcast WTF? He's moving out of the Highland Park house and the garage in which he's been recording for years. The Times has a photo essay on the legendary location in case you want a peek before he decamps for another house in Highland Park.