The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of five things bookish and five things non bookish that I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet.
Yukio Mishima’s photo was by far my favorite. I now have extreme goals of taking a badass picture of myself holding a sword, whether or not my sword will be legit is up for debate. I do have a foam sword from when I cosplayed Fiona from Adventure Time at comicon a few years back. Hmm.
I am a huge podcast nerd and spend many of the hours of my day while working listening to a variety of podcasts. One of those podcasts is Politics and Prose which is a podcast of live readings, discussion and questions of various writers and journalists. It’s held at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C. and is a co-production with Slate Magazine. I listen to pretty much ever Slate podcast and highly recommend them. This is actually an old taping from back in April, but I am really behind on my podcast listening after wanting to catch up on some other podcasts that make more sense to listen from the very beginning rather than jumping in at episode 600 and something. I was super excited to listen to this, mostly because I started my “summer of Toni Morrison” the other day, it just seemed like good timing. This discussion was phenomenal. Toni was funny and candid and really delved into some great insight on not only her most recent novel God Help the Child, but also motifs that stem from her earlier work. If you are a fan of Morrison, this is a must listen.
This link may be a little on the NSFW side, but is totally still hilarious. Let me know what you got!
People dare not speak your name. No, the only way people say your name is when they’re shouting it from your bedroom.
In honor of Pride Month and today’s amazing decision by SCOTUS to finally legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states of the United States, I thought everyone should check out this list of lesbian lit complied by the great people of BookRiot.
Like usual, I’m always late to finding out about books that I’ll want to read and end up wanting to read them way after everyone else has already read it. This is again the case with Sellout by Paul Beatty. Beatty is a contemporary African-American author who has studied under Alan Ginsberg (just to name drop) and is absolutely hilarious. I recently listened to a reading from his novel and fell in love with how real and beautiful the prose is. This is a novel I cannot wait to pick up.
I am a proud, gigantic supporter of LGBTQIA rights. I am swelling with pride over the Supreme Courts decision to FINALLY make same-sex marriage legal in the United States. I personally think it’s about time and I have a lot of personal reasons for thinking this. That being said, I’m not here to sway your own opinions in one way or another, this is merely a topic that I personally care about and I’m proud that we are finally taking a step past the prejudices of the previous generation.
So I was one of the many devastated fans that cried with The Civil Wars called it quits, but thankfully Joy Williams didn’t throw in the towel with her solo career. Her new album drops sometime next week, but the entire album is available to stream on NPR.org! It’s absolutely beautiful.
3. In Memoriam: Iggy Azalea’s Career (via HuffPost Show)
Ask anyone I know, I freaking HATE selfie sticks. They drive me up the wall. I’m definitely not afraid to smack that stick right out of anyone’s goddamn hand, cell phone be damned.
This is probably my favorite think on buzzfeed ever. Not going to lie.