Not to get all Oprah-y and start shouting out my favourite things like you should care...but I'm going to shout out my favourite things. And please pretend to care. Because I am having a crap day and I need the caring confirmation... So, my new favourite things which I add to my old favourite things: Politics and Prose and Nam Viet. As well as meerkats and Disney World. And Morningstar Farms' fake bacon. And pick-your-own fruits and vegetables.
(1) Serenity. I met her last night. Some things you may not know about Serenity: international spy (oops, I probably shouldn't have told you that since...you know...it blows her cover). Holder of a Fields Medal AND a Nobel Prize. Supermodel. Has over 66 tattoos--mostly of cool things like a Follistim pen jabbing into a torso and the word "Mom" being torn apart by a dagger. Drinks champagne by the caseload at every meal and doesn't even stagger a bit as she goes back to her waiting limousine.
Just in case you don't believe me, I will also tell you that she rocks. That when I sat down at the table, it was as if I had known her for 80 years. She is just as smart and funny and caring as she seems via her blog. She is exactly like your favourite sweater--the one that simply makes you feel good just by wearing it. I can't wait to see her again the next time I'm in Boston, and I'm hoping to drag her down to D.C. soon. I am so excited that I got to meet her.
(2) Good Grief by Lolly Winston. This was one of those books that I always picked up and carried around the bookstore, but then chickened out about buying. Because it is about losing your spouse and the grief that follows and I didn't think I could handle reading it. But I took the chance since we're reading her other book Happiness Sold Separately for the Barren Bitches Book Tour and it is FANTASTIC. I think about Sophie, the main character, whenever I'm not reading the book: worrying about her, trying to think of some small things I could do for this fictional person that could make a difference. You care about her so deeply and you feel her grief so deeply and it has been extremely cathartic to read this book. I think Winston's greatest gift is that she takes you right up to the edge of grief and lets you look down, and then pulls you back for a moment to catch your breath with a small laugh, and then brings you to the edge again. So whereas the grief from the Year of Magical Thinking simply brought me to heaving tears (which is also a good thing from time to time and I loved that book too), the grief in this book is much more managable. You know what it's like? You know how some people have crappy clinic nurses who don't hold their hand through the process and therefore, they feel even more overwhelmed and terrified through their first cycle because they never feel like they know what the fuck is happening? Winston is the opposite: she's the good nurse who is going to hold your hand and return your calls and walk you through the cycle and let you know what's up so you don't feel quite so overwhelmed. You may still be scared or sad, but you won't be overwhelmed. And that's how her writing feels to me.
(3) O'Naturals. This restaurant has the best fake chicken. It also has real chicken, but since I only eat fake chicken, I am only concerned with the veaty variety. It. is. so. good. I love you, Stonyfield Farms.
There are probably other favourite things I could add to this list, but since I'm not Oprah and since no one really cares what I think and like, I should probably cut it off here. But feel free to add your own fabulous finds to the list and I'll try yours if you'll try mine (except if yours is real chicken or beef or fish--see #3 on my list).
Coming up next, director's commentary for Uterninus's Law. The blunders (did you catch the mistake in the movie that we left in?), the behind-the-scene stories. While I'm on this ego trip, I thought I would do an interview with me.