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Some things that are shaking me up, expanding my world view, and making me remember that the world is full of wonder and unexpected beauty, in the midst of, in spite of, or maybe sometimes as a result of all the bad shit.
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    Kerry James Marshall
    I saw an exhibit of his large scale paintings at MOCA, and it was one of the most moving art shows I've seen. Marshall's paintings are so successful in illustrating his emotional truths and the way he experiences the world, both as an African American and as an artist. By illuminating the African American experience with his epic works, he successfully creates an alternate history of art that acknowledges his history and culture, making us understand how glaring the omission has always been.
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    Shit Town
    Wow I had no idea what I was in for with this crazy beautiful convoluted complicated thing. More than almost any media I've ever experienced, it made me question my assumptions, and respect how complex and strange and unexpected people are, if you'd just listen to them. Earth-shattering, heartbreaking and fascinating.
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    BeyoncΓ©'s Lemonade
    Old news maybe, but still doing it for me. When I heard/saw this music/film the day it came out last year, it felt like a pop culture game changer. A cornerstone of contemporary feminism, a celebration and deconstruction of black history, of personal and cultural history, a reinvention of the personal narrative. While watching that first time, I honestly had the thought: what a time to be alive. The world has changed since then and i'm even more grateful for this beautiful battlecry.
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I loved Logan. I thought it was grim, brutal, beautiful and nearly perfect. Well cast, acted, written, shot and with great design. A little bit Children of Men (Children of X-Men?), a little bit Mad Max, a little bit Shane. Here are some of my favorite details, large and very small.
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    When Logan puts on reading glasses with the tag still hanging from them.
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    Logan's vaguely futuristic limo and the crazy car chases it lumbers through.
    When it drags that fence around, it's so mad max.
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    Stephen Merchant as Caliban. All of it.
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β€β€πŸ’”β€οΈβ€οΈ thanks @nathanveshecco for giving me a reason to lie in bed and sing love songs at the top of my lungs (just to remember which ones i like best).
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    jackson by johnny cash and june carter
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    a song for you by the carpenters (or leon russell depending on your mood)
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    the origin of love by hedwig and the angry inch
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    IT RELIES ENTIRELY ON NOSTALGIA.
    You think if you just parade these characters around this quaint af little town 10 years later that's definitely going to be enough? Things have changed, the world has changed, but there doesn't seem to be much plot left in Stars Hollow, and nothing interesting has apparently happened in the last decade. I'm bored. I'm so bored. I guess this is why shows end: all the characters have left to do is be unsatisfied and struggle through their sorta tough and boring lives, just like the rest of us.
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    RORY.
    She's boring, whiny, entitled and ridiculous. I don't mind that she's a basketcase. I kind of like that part. But why can't she also be smart and cool and independent? Why is she so passive? Why is she in a dysfunctional sleazy codependent relationship? Why does she want everything to be easy all the time? I don't identify with her, and I'm just not rooting for her. It's a bummer.
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    LOGAN. I hate Logan. Logan was bad for Rory. Logan turned Rory into the worst version of herself. The whiny, helpless, entitled wet mop of a girl she was in seasons 6 and 7.
    So the fact that they are STILL involved sort of explains why Rory STILL sucks. Not to mention, it's pretty sleazy. Rory seems to have no regard for the fact that Logan is, in fact, engaged, and treats it only as an inconvenience worthy of constant pouting.
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80s characters who could be contemporary hipsters
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    Susan, Desperately Seeking Susan
    and her friend is kinda awesome too
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    Andie, Pretty in Pink
    i stand by this
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    Darleen, Roseanne
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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Comfort yourself with the best and truest expressions of sadness, anger, hope or joy in combination. Remind yourself about beauty and compassion, complexity and kindness.
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    i've been crying a lot. it's not what i prefer to do or expected to do, but i'm doing it.
    I feel betrayed by my fellow humans. I feel scared for the future of our planet in the face of aggressive and willful ignorance. I feel scared for the refugees we as a country could help but won't, and the citizens we as a country should let live peacefully among us but won't. I grieve for the blatant and violent death of compassion. but here are some things that are comforting me.
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    listen to some Leonard Cohen. the new stuff, which is like the old stuff, still angry, but somehow peaceful too. In a recent (wonderful) New Yorker article about the newest album, Bob Dylan says Cohen is "connected to some celestial sphere." That clarity of emotion.
    If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game / If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame / If thine is the glory / then mine must be the shame / You want it darker / We kill the flame πŸ”₯
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    read this poem. this poem is going viral on twitter. i love the idea of a poem going viral on twitter. and it makes me cry every time i read it, which so far is about 47 times.
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they might not be the most classic of the classics, they might not be categorically my favorite pieces of filmmaking, some of them might not even be, you know, GOOD, but I will watch them over and over forever. I might not be proud, but I'm not guilty either. I am probably watching them right now.
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    Austenland
    Very silly movie featuring the combined charms of Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge, it somehow manages to poke fun at Jane Austen fans while still delivering everything they might want.
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    Speed
    A man, a woman, a bus. I saw this movie four times in the theater. Keanu at his peak, Sandra in her break out role, ridiculous action, great chemistry.
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    Mighty Ducks II
    I love sports movies and I love movies about ragtag groups of kids and I love Joshua Jackson. Also this movie came out when I was 13 so I think I'm allowed.
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    palm trees
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    cowboys
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    power lines
sometimes you're just like, wow, this is weird.
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    Last night at a party I got into an argument about the poultry industry with Kirk from Gilmore Girls and some billionaire heiress.
    She's a Trump supporter, he's an animal activist, I'm a socialist. It was interesting.
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    That time Courteney Cox told me to ask her ex David Arquette for advice on Elvis collectibles.
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    That time Helen Mirren sat with us at lunch and suggested we teach photography classes at the retirement home.
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