Seriously, #TheGoodWife??!!

Magical black friend with no backstory hugs the white lady and suddenly Alicia’s all making out with Foxy Dude and getting job offers?! Personally transformed? An emotional trajectory from permanumb to all the feelz, catalyzed by a black lady’s offer of friendship?

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Magical black friend around whom inexplicable factoids collect, masking the absence of real human character?

Magical black friend is 30 with no friends but Alicia? And a bum brother?

Magical black friend likes to dance? And roll her eyes at nonsense?

Magical black friend likes dating artists but eventually gets bored?

TV, whatever points you scored by letting a middle-aged woman have sex on network TV, you’re gonna lose on Lucca.

Make Alicia do something for her. Testify on Lucca’s behalf. Bring Lucca chicken soup so we can see the inside of Lucca’s apartment. Shop for holiday gifts together and marvel at both the detritus of consumer culture and the frail family bonds that are supposed to be shored by it.

Make them real friends. The distance of differing race and class positions overcome by shared hotness, iciness, rejection of nonsense, and love/hate of The Law.

Two real women, friends on TV.

That would be revolutionary.

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My Review of The Martian

Science and American ingenuity win the day!

But. In the future, can’t we put the people of color IN SPACE and make the white people solve all the science on the ground?

Science fiction’s purpose, quantified:

68%: Imagining a better world*
15%: Boobs
5%: Guns
5%: Spaceships
7%: Boobs with guns on spaceships

Crunch the numbers, Hollywood. Put Donald Glover on it.

*Including dystopias, as the negative space of a better world we could build if we considered the consequences of our current shenanigans. Like putting only white people in space.

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Book Reviewlet: The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt

Setup: a wealthy white genius daughter/wife, pissed at the patriarchy and tired of exclusion by the Art World, plots a long con. She secretly hires dudes to pretend her work is theirs. After three, she’ll unveil herself in triumph to prove to the Patriarchy that the Patriarchy exists.

The Patriarchy’s like, uh, yeah? What’s your point?

And the world blazes on. With footnotes.

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Peace Through Community Investment

Ok listen. They shot up a classroom of first graders. They shot up a women’s health care clinic. They shot up families watching a movie. They shot up a sorority party. They shot up people praying at the nation’s oldest AME church. They shot black children at the park. They shot their coworkers at their own goddam holiday party.

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#mommyblogging with Ferrante

I raced through the final Neapolitan novel, as forewarned, guided by the suspicion that there is no Lila Cerullo.

That:

  • Lila and Elena are so thoroughly twinned
  • Ferrante’s deftness with a style many have tried to name and I’ll try calling “hallucinatory realism,” ie the portrayal of the hallucinatory state as fully enveloped in the real, is well known
  • And Lila is so extremely Large and In Charge as to have exceeded the bounds of the human

that Lila makes the most sense as Elena’s fantasy other self. Not as a functioning, psychologically realistic, humanlike character. Rachel Cusk also said this.

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I’m Baaaaaaaaack

My Munro article is in the can, y’all, and here are the things Imonna do now:

  • Read the fourth Neapolitan novel
  • Write a long think piece about my mixed feelings about Hillary Cl– oh wait Rebecca Traister locked it down already
  • Negotiate at least three cease fires
  • Clean out my car
    • which farts trash every time I open its door
  • Purchase and assemble a standing desk so I can finally be vaguely smug like the toe shoe people
  • Resist calculating the hourly rate of my contract to write an Alice Munro article for a lump sum, thus maturely strolling past the rabbit hole of post-academic rage about labor equity social value of humanities knowledge should I really have quit academia etc etc without even a cursory glance back into said hole wait too late daaaaaaaaaaaaaang
  • Relish having weekends back again again
  • Acknowledge getting paid in love, still, in my current child health policy gig too, is better than getting paid in hate but still not as good as getting paid in adequate dollars
  • Drink beer
  • Read all the reviews of Purity so I can maintain my opinion of Franzen without having to read more than the New Yorker excerpt through which I couldn’t hack the slog
  • Drink wine
    • Cuz Wine is Fine
  • Blog more again
    • For reals
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