Roseanne Cash’s essay about growing up in Tennessee, and leaving, and coming back, and leaving again is really lovely.
Something to talk about with your family around the Thanksgiving table, if your family is anything like mine (super Catholic): Pope Francis just issued an 84-page “apostolic exhortation” about the idolatry of money and the new tyranny of unfettered capitalism.
My mentor and personal hero Oprah Winfrey had a yard sale over the weekend that blew all of our weekly check-ins out of the water. She raised $600,000 for her school in South Africa by selling a bunch of her personal belongings (and a few things from her long-time exercise guru, Bob Greene).
Mike: This week, I listened to an interview that Jesse Thorn did with American writer Fran Leibowitz, who has been described as a “modern Dorothy Parker.” And she talked a lot about some of the difficulties she faced just doing her job, and some of her thoughts about money. So I thought it might be something interesting to talk about!
No, really. We’re doppelgangers. Hadley Freeman interviewed her for the Guardian: “When I ask [Alexa] what her future plans are, she replies, ‘Umm, I don’t know. What do you think I should do?‘”
The success of celebrities like Braff and Lee on Kickstarter are proving that the rest of us plebes have to kick up our game. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Okay so I fell down a Lena Dunham family rabbit hole and read this interview with her mama Laurie Simmons from 2010, right as Tiny Furniture was taking off. You know that scene in the movie where she finds her mom’s journals? (There’s a scene in the movie where she finds her mom’s journals.) The interviewer asked Laurie about that, and she was like, yeah, that part was real, she totally found my journal. BUT HERE IS WHAT IS COOL: “The parts of my journal that she didn’t read, because they’re more boring, is that, on every other page, I was going on about how I was going to pay my ConEd and how I was going to pay my rent. That was the complete and utter focus of my life: How am I going to pay for my rent and make work? And that’s every artist’s dilemma — or at least every artist that I knew.”