It’s that day again, Thursday. Snazz day. The 7-year-old (I’m guessing) girl sitting next to me at this café is reading a Clique novel entitled Revenge of the Wannabes. It makes me sad, so let’s talk snazzy media instead:
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie- I’m finally finished with it! Though Rushdie writes extremely well, he gave me sensory overload with this novel. I just wanted to edit it. (I’m keeping this short because I’ve been talking about it for the past two weeks)
Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon- A tasty snack of a novel, with an afterward that’s almost as rewarding to read as the novel itself. I couldn’t launch right into another huge novel after MC, so I took a slight detour here. Though Chabon’s more known for his literary work, I love the fact that he is unashamed to dabble in what essentially is genre fiction every once in awhile. Gentlemen tells the story of two Jewish vagabonds on the Silk Road during the 10th century with great wit and lovely prose (though some of his sentences were ridiculously long and easy to get lost in.) Also depicts a close male friendship without any sort of gay panic. But the best gender surprises would spoil too much of the plot.
Bitch: The Buzz Issue- I picked up a copy of the latest issue of Bitch at Jennifer Pozner’s lecture on Tuesday. So far I’ve thrilled to tales of subversive bug sex (and learned that one of my favorite books back in high school, Dr. Tatiana Gives Sex Advice to All Creation, has an accompanying miniseries, complete with musical numbers and cheesy costumes, that has been deemed too risqué for the US. Makes me sad– it’s a fascinating and enlightening book on evolution), read about masculinity in trouble (I feel so up on the trends!), and looked at a terrifying marketing campaign from Ecko Jeans.
Pornstitution: Sexual Capitalism in the 21st Century by Samantha Berg- A free lecture at In Other Words, the nation’s last non-profit feminist bookstore. I’m excited to see what’s promised to be a nuanced discussion of the sex industry that goes beyond the typical “porn is evil because sex is evil;” “all porn is by definition exploitative;” “porn is the best thing ever and completely harmless” responses, none of which are feel accurate.
Also, let me take this opportunity to plug my friend Buzzy’s new etsy shop, B.Bodkins. She makes wonderful plush toys: from the cutest ghosts you’ll ever meet, to (coming soon) angel and devil-shaped pocket warmers (you heat them up in the microwave and they’ll keep your hands toasty). You all know that I’m a big supporter of indie crafters on Etsy and the Etsy community in general, and, having been around while Buzz was making these lovelies, I can assure you that they are irresistibly huggable.
So what sort of media are you reading/watching/seeing/playing/listening to this week?