Climate Change: The Facts

Welp. If The Uninhabitable Earth didn’t fully give me crippling climate anxiety, David Attenborough's BBC One documentary Climate Change: The Facts certainly pushed me over the edge. This hour-long desperate and urgent plea for action is not available on any streaming services unless you have BBC One access, but I found it on YouTube so you too can cry yourself to sleep tonight (The bats! Just try getting past the bats part without having a major panic attack).

Special

Ryan O’Connelly (who wrote the book I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves that this is based on and writes and stars in this series) stars in a mostly-autobiographical Netflix comedy special called, “Special.” It’s about a gay man with cerebral palsy who is working through being gay in Los Angeles and working as an intern at a website called Eggwoke. Cringe as you see the almost-not-a-parody depiction of people working in an Eggwoke kind of industry. Each episode is in this new 15-minute format that I’m very into—I was able to binge the series in it’s entirety in two hours.

Baba Is You

Baba Is You is a puzzle video game created by Finnish indie developer Arvi Teikari (known professionally as Hempuli). It was released March 13 for Nintendo Switch and it is highly addicting and amazing. The game centers around the manipulation of “rules”—represented by tiles with words written on them—in order to allow the titular character Baba (or some other object) to reach a specified goal. It sounds real simple, but trust that it escalates into some of the most difficult puzzles you’ve ever tried.

Rest in Power, Jackie Shane

Soul singer Jackie Shane passed away a couple of weeks at the age of 78. If you don’t know of her, her music or her unapologetic statement of who she was way before anyone used the word “trans”, read about her history and why she is such a celebrated icon.

From Pitchfork:

Born in 1940 and raised in the South, Shane lived as a woman beginning in her teenage years in the 1950s. When she moved to Toronto as a young adult, Shane linked with another American transplant, Frank Motley, and began to perform in clubs throughout Canada. She turned down label deals with Motown and Atlantic, who came to court her into signing with them. “They tried to talk to me. But I had been schooled about Berry Gordy taking the entertainers’ money,” she told The Guardian in 2017. “I wasn’t going to get involved in that.”

Touring wore on Shane and she eventually disappeared from public and musical life. Revived interest in her work after the turn of the century resulted in a CBC Radio documentary, “I Got Mine: The Story of Jackie Shane,” and eventually the first sanctioned reissue of her music by Numero, Any Other Way, in 2017. The album was nominated for the Grammy for Best Historical Album this year. “My whole approach is to get you to go up against wrong,” she said to The Guardian that same year. “I don’t bow down. I do not get down on my knees. The lowest I go is the top of my head. This is Jackie!”


Listen to her own the room below:

The Uninhabitable Earth

I’m currently reading this and I can’t say that I 100% recommend it—and that’s not to say that it isn’t brilliant and exceedingly well written and thought out. It’s just that it’s utterly sobering and will make you actually never want to use a plane again, swat the plastic straws out of people’s hands before they insert it into their venti Frappuccino or, really, just live on this planet anymore because it’s dying because we are all lazy and selfish.

If you feel like you need a sobering look at what we’ve done to Mother Earth, here’s where you can find it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Maybe it’s not Maybelline…

…and we owe a great big “thank you!” to drag culture for making the women we put on pedestals appear as beautiful as they do.


Where do you think contouring, baking, and highlighting came from? Many have linked the “trend” to Kim Kardashian, who in 2012 posted a viral photo of her face mid-contouring (the trick became such a signature of hers that she launched KKW Beauty in 2017 with a contouring kit). Her trademark look inspired thousands of Kardashian-inspired tutorials and a chain reaction started among top beauty bloggers competing for views and likes….

Yet, the acknowledgement isn’t fully there. “Do I feel the drag community has been given the credit it deserves for highlight, contour[ing], cut creases? No I don’t,” says Osmond Vacious a.k.a. Vivacious, a New York-based drag queen since the ’90s club kid era mentored by the likes of Hector Xtravaganza (grandfather of the House of Xtravaganza). “Why do I say that? When was the last time you saw a drag queen in a commercial for L’Oreal, CoverGirl, anyone? We’re not there.”

Read the entire article here.

Francesca Cattaneo for Invisibilia

In The Power of Expectations, Francesca Cattaneo brought the content of NPR’s Invisibilia podcast to life with these absolutely gorgeous animations. In the follow-up The Locust Mystery, the art director and motion designer explores the “fascinating mystery of locusts and our sense of self.”

Fleabag (Season Two)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant series Fleabag, is back after a very long three years. In the first trailer for season two, Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is lusting after a priest (Andrew Scott—Sherlock fans may be interested to know that Moriarty is also on board. In the casting press-release words of Waller-Bridge "thank God for Andrew Scott."), getting picked apart by her bitchy godmother (Olivia Colman—”thank God for Olivia Colman” –me), and trying to fill “the screaming void” inside her “empty heart.”

The Dropout podcast

If you don’t plan on reading Bad Blood, then this might be a good substitute. To those who have read it, the interviews with former Theranos staff and family members make this podcast a fascinating supplement. Listen here or wherever you get your fix of podcasts.

Russ & Daughters

Nothing makes me more excited than news about food—especially the food that I will travel into Manhattan and potentially wait for hour(s) for. Russ & Daughters Cafe is one of those magical dining experiences you can only experience here. I didn’t even know I liked lox until I visited the Russ & Daughters on Houston. Now I can’t imagine a bagel without it.

Anyways, a huge location just opened in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Run, walk, bike, electric scooter your way there this weekend.

Russ & Daughters
Building 77
141 Flushing Av (at Vanderbilt Av)

Brooklyn, NY 11205

Hours: Mon-Sun 8a - 4:30p

Kitbull

First, here’s the description:

“Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.”

Did you read that—tears welling up your eyes? Well that’s totally normal you thinking, feeling human being. Grab some Kleenex and get carried away by 9 whole minutes of this gorgeous animation by Pixar. You and your underused ducts deserve it.