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June 1, 2018

Thoughts of the Week

On Memorial Day, my friend, Kat, wanted to "take to the sea." So our mutual friend Jamie (and editor-in-chief of The Cantabrigian) and myself went along with her to see Eastern Point Lighthouse.

Apparently, we were hanging out near a rock formation called "Mother Ann." When viewed at a certain angle, the formation looks like a silhouette of a reclining Puritan woman. This exact formation supposedly inspired the setting for H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Strange High House in the Mist." 

It didn't look so spooky, though. 


The Five Senses
How Jun trains his cats to be involved with him cooking in the kitchen, walk outside, and ride in his bike basket. 
The school of life created a beautiful video about what would happen if the worst came to the worst.
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Noam Pikelny's banjo. I've been letting his music play as background noise while working. It's great. 
You Amaze Me by La Force. A love song by Ariel Engle's husband and bandmate, Andrew Whiteman. 

What I'm Reading

The Cantabrigian, Issue #1: A little late to the game on reading this, but it has an excellent start. It's opener is the sensual and sense-inducing "Shutter" by Marsha McDonald. I'm looking forward to picking up the second issue at Porter Square Books


Why That 'Arrested Development Interview' Is So Bad: A New York Times interview with the Arrested Development cast came out last week and it's a bit cringeworthy, to say the least. In this article, Linda Holmes observes Tambor's behavior through past interviews and how Jason Bateman and the other men in the cast reacted to Jessica Walker's experience on set. Both the NYT interview and Holmes' article are important to take in. It's a glimpse into the common event when a woman's experience is discredited, even by simple phrases. In the interview, Jason Bateman writes off Walker by telling her that "certain people have certain processes," excusing Tambor's behavior. Bateman has since apologized.

Why L.A. is becoming the new Iowa: "How long until major cities realize they need to work harder to convince young people — and immigrants — not just to move there, but to stay?" Young people leave places like Iowa to go to larger cities, then leave larger cities because of dissatisfaction with the cost of living. 

Gender Letter: 45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus: "Here is what you say: ‘No, no, no, no. Do I have to? Please stop.’ Here is what you can never forget that you finally say: ‘It’s fine.’” The gray area between consent and non-consent. What do both individuals face in the aftermath and what is the best way to navigate? Is there a "best" way? Is there a protocol? 

What I'm Writing

Lots of journaling and personal writing. I use my journal to break down my feelings and figure out why I feel a certain way about situations, people, and myself. I also use it to record anecdotes, descriptions of buildings, places, people; and anything I find interesting. 
"How it felt to me: that is getting closer to the truth about a notebook. I sometimes delude myself about why I keep a notebook, imagine that some thrifty virtue derives from preserving everything observed. See enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some morning when the world seems drained of wonder, some day when I am only going through the motions of doing what I am supposed to do, which is write — on that bankrupt morning I will simply open my notebook and there it will all be, a forgotten account with accumulated interest, paid passage back to the world out there.." -Joan Didion

The thoughts I write down are jumbled and often not how I feel by the end of writing it. They're mixed up and exaggerated. Weirdly enough, that means my journal doesn't exactly best represent who I really am and how I really feel. 

Poem of the Week
Alexandra Kesick is the author of I Knew You Once and forthcoming Deep Gentle Blue, published by Ghost City Press.
Copyright © 2018 Alexandra Kesick, All rights reserved.

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