Stuff You Should #12

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Noms n white nails

Noms n white nails

Been feeling a little off-brand lately. Getting emotionally invested in the success of the Washington Capitals hockey team - a SPORTS team! - is an understandable side effect of producing a podcast about them, I guess, but I'm also suddenly obsessed with sneakers? Like, following the big new releases and making Pinterest boards of the ones I want?? And I've been shockingly social during my working weekdays in a way that is unfamiliar and overtiring. At least it's summer now, which means I can always retreat to the comfort of complaining 24/7 about the heat. Anyway, I've got loads of good stuff to recommend to you this time. Enjoy!


What's the Deal with the Food at T.J. Maxx? by Maggie Lange, Bon Appetit - Exploring the wildly successful method of contrived scarcity behind those messy shelves.

“As an Added Bonus, She Paid for Everything” by Rachel Deloache Williams, Vanity Fair - The first of two recent stories about a woman named Anna Delvey, who shamelessly conned her way through New York City's party scene, comes from a writer who was, for a time, Anna's closest friend.

The Rage of the Incels by Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker - "As women gain the economic and cultural power that allows them to be choosy about their partners, men have generated ideas about self-improvement that are sometimes inextricable from violent rage."

Old people can’t open new tabs and it’s fueling our descent into hell by Kevin Munger, The Outline - Millennials can be quick to mock and meme-ify the elderly for whom the internet is a scary place. But as this piece points out, "as bad actors get better and better at fooling them, it’s going to become everybody’s problem."

I'm Not Black, I'm Kanye by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic - A probing meditation on gods, fame, isolation, community, and the freedom to self-destruct - or not.

The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor by Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture - How do we enjoy art when we discover that the people who made it are monsters? If we can't, whose fault is it? A smart take on an increasingly complex subject.

Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side by Justin Elliot, Modern Farmer - We need to talk about acid whey.

Everything Is Yours, Everything Is Not Yours by Clementine Wamariya, Medium - A refugee of the Rwandan massacre looks back at the Oprah Winfrey Show segment that reunited her family - and split her into even more pieces in search of a home.

Vincent Peone, 2018

Vincent Peone, 2018

The signature of a truly enviable woman is the tenacity and continuity of her women friends.
— Wendy Wasserstein


You Can't Do That #11, "Fizzing Like A Rocket Pop" - If you haven't listened to our hockey podcast because I'm not a host - well, first of all, that's weirdly sweet of you. If that IS the case, though, listen to this episode! Danielle and I hopped back on our mics to ask our pod squad some clarifying questions about the Capitals making it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years.

SpongeBob SquarePants (2017 Cast Recording) and The Band's Visit (2017 Broadway Cast Recording) - The Tony Awards are next weekend, and the nomination of these two vastly different shows for Best Musical has me feeling pretty good about the future of musical theater, actually. As I said on Twitter, "Musicals can be BIG and SILLY FUNTIMES! Musicals can be INTIMATE and WRENCHINGLY REAL! We can have it all!!!!" Both original scores are worth a listen before the big night (and after).



Killing EveIt's been ages since I've binged a TV series without simultaneously keeping a tiny list in my head of plot improbabilities and tone issues and other personal nitpicks*, but this one shut my brain right up. Jodie Comer gives one hell of a performance as a terrifying, exuberant assassin opposite Sandra Oh as the investigator tracking her. A second season is coming, but tbh these first eight episodes are a perfect treat as-is. Season 1 available for purchase on Amazon.

*(The last one was Better Call Saul, which you should absolutely catch up on before it returns for its fourth season in a few months.)

John Mayer, "New Light (Premium Content!)" - I don't know how to describe this music video. The song is whatever, but this video is a whole other thing. I do know that if I had to tag myself as one of the John Mayers in it, I'd be the John Mayer doing praise hands in front of a green screen of the Grand Canyon. Watch it on YouTube.

Nailed It! - You know how competitive cooking shows can be a lil intense? This one, in which bad amateur bakers are tasked with recreating Instagram-worthy confections, is the opposite. Just a buncha well-meaning folks failing in the kitchen and having a good time about it. Nicole Byer is a perfectly boisterous host, chocolate king Jacques Torres is a delightful judge, and each episode is a bite-sized half hour. Eat up. Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.

The #vibe in Portland

Nature is no more innately female than it is congenitally evil. It seems that way (climate change, apocalypse) when man attempts to govern it too long. He begins to see himself in it - to personify it, for better or for worse - because the worst truth is that it does not see him at all.
— Sarah Nicole Prickett

Karaoke posing

Karaoke posing

Forecast for the month:

Consuming an embarrassing amount of iced coffee, rewatching old episodes of TAXI, and continuing to whine about the seasonally-appropriate-but-still-personally-offensive heat.

Until next time,

xo Laura