“You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.”
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“You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.”


This Week

Since I’m not on Twitter, this newsletter is the only medium by which I can share another photo of one of my ongoing passions: vintage carpeted walls.

Here is a truly incredible example of bright red wall carpet (including the door!) next to a delightful brick bar. This also clearly shows that it’s only acceptable to interrupt wall carpet for mirror panels. I assume whomever buys this house will destroy this glory, so appreciate it now.

Beyond the news of new wall carpet on the market, there will be a new episode of Quiet Little Horrors this weekend, beginning a month of discussion about films dealing with age and generational trauma. We start out with The Manor. Subscribe at the usual spots (many of which are linked at our website), please and thank you. Also, I'm working behind the scenes to add transcripts of all the episodes as well as flesh out the episode show notes, so watch for that soon.

It’s been a tough winter, but it seems to be easing a bit for me. I hope you’re all staying safe, well and warm.


Links

How we broke the supply chain.

“It laid the very foundation for life online as we know it—and, at times, suggested a much better way forward. Now even the once-devoted talk about it as if it’s already gone.” The legacy and future of Tumblr.

The web is a miracle.

“Instead, it works because The Witcher is a fantasy show that's very much about how familial bonds are influenced by the chaos of the world around them — not unlike the predicament of many people (myself included) who find themselves having to navigate parenthood in the midst of a pandemic and growing civil unrest.” I really liked this piece about motherhood journeys in life and in The Witcher.

Reading The Mandalorian as allegory for religious trauma.

NPR ran a nice little introduction to tarot as a self-reflection tool and I highly recommend it to those interested in such a thing.


Reading/Watching/Listening

  • I read The Good House by Tananarive Due, a new essential for haunted house/possession readers.
  • Not for the faint of heart, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca is short, sharp knife in the gut particularly well suited for those with memories of early internet forum and messenger days.
  • If you can catch the newly restored and rereleased Out of the Blue, directed by Dennis Hopper, I would recommend doing so. It takes the degenerative chaos following the counter-culture revolution to desperate and dark places, centered on the heartbreaking experience of a lost teenage girl from the next generation. It’s just brilliant.
  • On Becoming a God in Central Florida is a one-season wonder that got unfortunately cut short by the first emergence of the pandemic. Kirsten Dunst is, as usual, great in it. Even if the series is brief, it’s worth watching.

Here is a gif of an otter playing in snow. Because you deserve it.

Love,
Jen

This week’s quote is from Pema Chödrön.