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What I'm Up To Paul LeBlanc

reading
I'm reading:

The minute it came out, I bought Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle and cancelled all plans to read it in almost one sitting. I’d read a catalog if he wrote it. Set in Harlem in the 1960s, it’s the story of Ray Carney, owner of a furniture store trying to achieve the American dream for his family, willing to cross the line a bit to get there, and navigating the complexities of race, power, politics, and a page turner of a crime story. Wow can he write.

watching
I'm watching:

I am bewildered why the movie Don’t Look Up isn’t getting a lot more love. It is the most biting satire to hit the screen in ages and perfectly captures what’s wrong in this moment, from Trumpism to tech fetishism to media to politics to climate and vaccine denial. It’s almost too painfully true (all good satire is) and it’s not hard to finish it and think “We are truly screwed,” but its hysterical and the cast is amazing and it as actually cathartic and it’s probably healthier to laugh than scream into a pillow at the thought of Joe Manchin singlehandedly condemning the planet. I can’t do just one here, because I am also hooked on the new season of Queer Eye (Netflix), which takes the show on the road to Texas in the middle of the pandemic. It is the best season yet, is a balm for our times, and goes into new territory for the fab five: trans, grieving, race, and so much more -- all with love and care that feels genuine and a recipe for this divided society. That’s a big claim, I know. Give it a try and see (and have tissues nearby).

listening
I'm listening to:

I recently discovered Frazey Ford and her 2014 album Indian Ocean. You can see her on this NPR Tiny Desk concert (a favorite series). She has a smooth (I was going to write “easy,” but that feels like code for boring -- which is not) and soulful voice. Her life was complicated and often hard and that is reflected in her music, but it’s the music and that wonderful voice that redeems the hardship. The album was recorded with Al Green’s old band and I have a soft spot in my heart for them – “Let’s Stay Together” is our wedding song – and the album has that warm, tight Memphis feeling. A little like the good bourbon I was sipping when I put her album on the turntable.

 

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