(beautiful light in our house this afternoon. photos by me.)
I went on a bender where I tried to disengage with anything political so I could write fiction. It kind of worked? I didn’t really disengage, but I think I figured out that it’s not such a zero sum game; I can do both if I let myself do both. In the end, I wrote some fiction, but I’m not sure if it’s good, or if I like it, which is worrisome to me. I’m trying to let it cool off for a few days. In the meantime, fictional people are giving me dirty looks.
- S and I saw How to Survive a Plague. I expected to come out of it having all sorts of thoughts about the similarities between Occupy and Act Up, but I was too busy having emotionfeelings. The film is gorgeous and completely unsettling. See it immediately.
- I had an essay at the Billfold about stuff. (Literally.)
- I wrote about being angry at gendering God at the Forward. My favorite comment on the piece: “Men who hate women are called misogynists. Women who hate men are called feminists.”
- Gabrielle Birkner, my excellent former editor at the Forward, has a truly rad piece in the Fall 2012 issue of Lilith called “Consent and the Single Girl.”
- Crazy times at Walmart! The strike is beautiful. Read what Josh Eidelson is writing about it at Salon.