BEST THINGS I READ AND HEARD AND SAW THIS WEEK (10/18/15)

  1. "I've rarely felt so free" - The Millions interviews Garth Risk Hallberg
    If the book is 25% as interesting as GRH's interviews, it'll be an all-timer. Via The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/2015/10/ive-rarely-felt-so-free-the-millions-interviews-garth-risk-hallberg.html
  2. "A Southerner on reclaiming Southern pride—without the Confederate flag"
    Via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/reclaiming-southern-pride/410965/ Excerpt: It was in the South that I was taught to appreciate the small things in life, and to love family and friends... Real people—real southerners—are defined by these values every day. Yet they’re unlikely to be what comes to mind when non-southerners think about “the South.”
  3. Jamie xx at The Shrine
    My +1 bailed on me and asked if I wanted to grab takeout and hang in instead. I responded, "I have to go to the show. That album is like my heart." I walked into the Shrine solo and immediately felt like I had a +5000. Hard to explain without sounding cliche, but I've never been to a show and felt such Joy-with-a-capital-J in a room. The music was bliss, the lighting design was next level, the crowd was love.
  4. "Citizen: An American Lyric"
    A beautiful, moving play about race, the things we say and do, and how they affect others. A mix of poetry, prose, and video footage from Serena Williams highlights to Hennessy Youngman tutorials. Deeply impactful. LA Times review: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-claudia-rankine-play-20150805-column.html
  5. "The Trouble With Us" by Marcus Marr and Chet Faker
  6. Lido performs "I Love You" with KORK Orchestra
    Followup to the live remix of BANKS' "Drowning" is even better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmZGFmHEbq0
  7. Ta-Nehisi Coates on "The Daily Show"
    Discussing his latest article on mass incarceration...and comic books: http://theatln.tc/1QoDJ7A
  8. James Baldwin - The Paris Review, The Art of Fiction No. 78
    Currently reading "Another Country" and was reminded of this interview, as I haven't been able to divorce the protagonist from the author (yet): http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2994/the-art-of-fiction-no-78-james-baldwin