Inspo: A writer’s podcast, new books, and words on the street

“10 Minute Writer’s Workshop”

This podcast published by the New Hampshire Public Radio is my new commute boost. It’s exactly what it sounds like: 10 minutes of writer talk. Each episode features a brief interview with a writer — from an LL Bean catalog writer to a best selling novelist to a TV screenwriter to Patti Freaking Smith — where they ask questions like “What’s your writing routine?” and “Dear god, how do I get as prolific as you?”

My favorite so far has been the interview with short story writer Ottessa Moshfegh.

On getting off social media:

“I think privacy and self protection from the garbage all around us is really important to a writer, especially starting out, when you don’t have those natural filters.”

Check out all the episodes here.

New books

This book, “Books for Living” by Will Schwalbe, was a gift from my brother, a librarian in Ohio. The book is a compilation of essays about Schwalbe’s favorite books and what he has learned about life from each of them. It’s a wonderful reminder of why reading is so, well, also wonderful. It’s always interesting to hear why someone likes a book you also liked and see how they got something different out of it than you did. Shout out to my BFF for the sweet Frida birthday bookmark. Do my people know me or what?

This one’s a library rental so I can’t highlight, but how real is this:

“He pressed her nose against her hair and breathed in her school smell, a smell like the flavor of a postage stamp.

Michael Chabon’s “Moonglow” is full of showstoppers like this. It’s why he’s a giant.

I wish to swim in all his sentences.

Words on the street

Sometimes the truth is louder as words. Here’s to basic, bold statements…

Notes-ish: FemComPod show notes, episode 24

A Feminist and A Comedian Walk Into a Bar Episode 24

Topic 1:

United Airlines gets in a Twitter PR nightmare because some kids flying on an employee program, which enforces a strict dress code, weren’t following the dress code.

Here’s the dress code in detail.

And here’s my fave tweet about it.


Topic 2:

Ugh. We talk Tomi again, just like she wants.

Feminists can’t figure out what to do about women like her and Kellyanne Conway. I say we just let them be–no more no less.

Topic 3:

Happy National Book Week! Here’s a list of the best books to read before they become movies this year. Because I know what you like/ who you be.

And while you’re at it…

Notes-ish: FemComPod show notes, Episode 23

Topic 1:

Julian Assange and co. (Wikileaks) leak new information about the CIA’s hacking abilities.

Mostly I’m confused how to feel about him because a rape allegation can do that to a person, unless you’re Pam Anderson.

Michael Hastings was the name of that Rolling Stone reporter who died mysteriously in a car accident…

Topic 2:

Here’s the Chicago Sun-Times editorial that called out Chance the Rapper for, well, what I’m not exactly sure, after he donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. We talk about it half ignorantly, you decide.

Here’s another editorial, this one from the New York Times, about the 2013 CDC report we cite that debunks the racist myth about black deadbeat dads.

Topic 3:

If you could fight anyone, who would you fight? Definitely not Floyd Mayweather.


And while you’re at it:

Per our intro convo, this totally underrated song was almost an MJ duet.

Notes-ish: FemComPod show notes, Episode 22

Topic 1:

White racist shoots two Indian men, killing one, because he thinks are Arab. But the media reminds us, there’s a white hero, so everyone just go back to your regularly scheduled programs, k?

The Hidden Figures story.

An interesting look at Hollywood’s sliding scale of justice.

Topic 2:

Details on the proposed suspension of H-1B visas.

Tech companies defend their workers and the importance of being able to draw from a global talent pool.

University of Pennsylvania’s study results of immigration’s impact on the economy.

The story on the poorest white town in America and why they think Trump is the answer.

Topic 3:

Some theaters are canceling showings of Beauty and The Beast because Le Fou is so obviously gay for Gaston, just like the rest of us.

Which is silly because so many Disney characters are gaaaaay.

My fave closeted gay character is Icebox. Listen to the episode for Justin’s.

Uncomfortable, closeted Icebox.

And while you’re at it:

Is that Oaken’s husband and children in the sauna?! There’s a lot of debate about it, but I think if Frozen’s other progressive moments and plot lines are any indication, Oaken is definitely getting some hoo-hoo from that hot blondie in the hot tub.

Notes-ish: FemComPod show notes, Episode 21

Topic 1:

I still love Hillary, Justin still hates her. Here’s the CliffNotes version.

Topic 2:

French politician Marie Le Pen refuses to wear a headscarf while visiting Lebanon. She’s disinvited. Presumably she threw her own kegger and invited everyone Grand Mufti did too. Gotta make that Facebook invite private, brah!

Topic 3:

It’s Oscars time! Per usual, I was correct and Justin was wrong like Warren Beatty.

And while you’re at it…

Excerpts from her speech at Harvard a few weeks later (Viola won its artist of the year award). She’s perfect.

Notes-ish: FemComPod show notes, Episode 20

Topic 1:

Uber is under fire again. This time under charges of sexual harassment by one of its former female engineers.

And in this post, that engineer, Susan Fowler, shows us how to do something to defend ourselves when HR won’t.

Topic 2:

The progressive Chicago social media-sphere exploded with reports that ICE was outrageously searching passengers who looked, well, not-white in an effort to reach deportation numbers. Turns out the story was false. Sharing untrue stories like this on social media can be dangerous for law enforcement officials but also the very people the quick-sharers wanted to protect.

Oh, but also, don’t worry, the rumors got started because the CTA has been randomly searching passengers’ private property since 2014. Nothing to see here! Right?!

Here’s Alderman Rosa’s helpful checklist for posting something to social media responsibly:

Finally, semi-related if you listen to the podcast, watch this! It’s so good!

Topic 3:

American Girl releases its first boy doll!  And that’s cool, y’all, even though they’re stupid expensive, whatever the gender.

And while you’re at it…

In hindsight, this lady was a real busy bitch to our pre-pubescent hero, Kevin. But look at all her work to do! And her technology! And her sweater vest! This is how ’90’s kids dreams were made.