Pop Culture Confessions

Pop Culture Confessions

    • I’m about 85% through Bryan Cranston’s A Life in Parts (read by Bryan Cranston). I do not love this book. I would have stopped listening already but laziness and wanting to hear his take on the “Breaking Bad years” have kept me in it. He has a nice reading voice, and I don’t mind the company on my walk into work in the mornings. But most of this memoir reads like bullet points written by a friend of a friend. His internalized greatness as an actor is center stage. Rarely is any other “part” really examined to its root, exposing the why of this human… save for one story where he admits he came close to murdering an ex- girlfriend. Again, I’m not a fan. One thing he says a couple times that I do like and will take away from all this listening is, “You can’t fake letting go.” It’s a profound, timely reminder for me. He, of course, means it in terms of acting.
    • I recently binged Riverdale on Netflix and the ages of the main stars make me… uncomfortable.

    Photo Credit: Vulture

  • A Friday List

    A Friday List

    Despite feeling more tired than usual this week because ugh, it’s Daylight Saving Time again, I made it through the week alive. Here’s some proof:

      • I FINALLY saw Get Out. Yes, it’s that good. Yes, you should see it in the theater. As someone who has recently come around to horror movies, this was a perfect blend of social commentary and horror movie tropes. It’s entirely modern & classic. If you’ve seen it, I recommend getting some deeper podcast perspective: No, Totally and Black Girl Nerds.
      • Speaking of diverse voices in film: Rebecca Theodore on Diversity & Inclusion in Film Criticism.
      • I’m reading Papergirls & I love it. It’s written by Brian K. Vaughan who also writes my favorite graphic novel, Saga, plus it’s basically the answer to, “What if ANY of the many stories I grew up with as a kid in the ’80s about an unexpected group of children saving the day were about girls?”

    Have a good weekend!

    The New Wonder Woman Trailer is Here!

    The New Wonder Woman Trailer is Here!

    I’m excited for this movie. Patty Jenkins has been working on a WW movie concept for 10 years, and it looks like she’s giving us a pretty perfect official introduction to Diana of Themyscira. (Her actual intro in BvS was a scene-stealer.):

    The DCMU really needs a balanced, hopeful story in their lineup. This looks like it.
    And now June 2nd seems very far away.

    Recommended Read-While-We-Wait: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

    Going Rogue

    I had my hair cut a few weeks ago. I left it a little longer than usual since I’ll be in a wedding next month in which I need my hair to…do things. The stylist who cut my hair remarked on how naturally shiny it was (thanks!) and how my one streak of gray hair across the top on one side was “very specific.” (thanks?)

    I felt compelled to explain:

    “I first noticed gray in that area when I was just 13. Someone pointed it out at school one day. I think it might be hereditary from my grandmother, but she never quite confirmed.”

    “Did you experience a traumatic event when you were younger? I don’t want to pry, but they say that’s why a gray streak like that happens.”

    I instinctively answered, “No.” I wasn’t lying, but that reply didn’t feel comfortable. Without going into details here, I had a pretty unstable childhood with some periods of extreme dysfunction. Until going through a year of therapy in 2015-16, I never thought of any of it as “trauma.” But now…hm. All the stress I lived with could have caused an extreme physical change.

    I never let my gray hair bother me too much. (Although admittedly I have dyed my hair pretty regularly at times.) As a teen, I always thought of my particular gray streak as sort of a much less obvious Rogue-from-the-X-Men-type marking. I’ve worked hard to get past a lot of the issues that lingered from my childhood.  So for now, I think I’ll stick with that very cool & relevant way of thinking about it.

    Photo Credit: IMDB

    Quick Update

    I’m still here.

    I’m working on defining the people, places, and activities in my life that matter, and discarding the rest. This is hard work.

    It’s far too easy to get distracted all the time. I don’t think this blog is a distraction. Writing and keeping a personal record, despite my infrequency to do so, matters to me. Even if it’s just to say, “I’m still here.” sometimes.