The Sorrow and the Beauty

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A little Helen Frankenthaler for your thoughts?

Listening to the radio this morning, I was hit with a wave of sadness. There was brief coverage of the services in Charleston and the grief smacked me right in the face. Shitty things happen all the time. For some reason, this tragedy in Charleston feels different. It brings fresh sorrow every time I see a photograph of mourners or hear a family member speak of their lost loved one.

Something has to change. How can we as a country live like this?

I don’t have any of the answers. I don’t know what the next steps are. All I know is something is wrong and (unfortunately) I don’t think we, the American people, can rely on government to fix it.

For now, I am keeping the people of Charleston in my thoughts and in my heart. I hope they can feel the love so many are sending their way. Even in the face of such terribleness, there is always love.

Some brighter notes from the day:

This tragedy is opening up some very overdue dialogue around use of the Confederate Flag.

Yes – more Nina Simone. 

Wish I was in Paris for this exhibition. 

Um – I love this list and I love how wrong Fox was about a film with a female protagonist.

Lianne La Havas? Yes, please. 

I can’t claim to understand it all – but gotta give Taylor Swift props for standing up to Apple. Girls got balls.

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Sundaze

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Sigh. The weekend is never long enough. Why don’t we always have 3-day weekends again?

It’s tulip season! The pic above is of a tulip field. It looks like a painting. I bought a dozen red tulips today. They practically opened up the minute I got them into the apartment. Nature is insane.

Um. I watched a lot of movies this weekend. Top Netflix picks:

Weekend – a gorgeous love story. This film truly depicts what it is like to fall hard & fast for someone.

The Central Park Five – a tragic, but very important movie. This film is incredibly relevant today. It is a lesson I sometimes forget – always question the story you are told. Just because “the authorities” say it’s truth, you shouldn’t settle until you have reviewed the information for yourself.

This is a fascinating look at how couples interpret arguments. Been there.

Vintage Avengers plotlines? Yes, please!

San Francisco has a dog mayor, named Frida?!! I only know this because of this story about Virgin America’s Operation Chihuahua program. Not because I go around googling “dog mayors”…

Lonni Sue Johnson’s story in the New Yorker is heartbreaking – but also an inspiration.

Now back to enjoying the remaining hours of the weekend!

TGIFF (Thank God It’s F*cking Friday)

Whew! Another week bites the dust!

(BTW – google “TGIF Chihuahua”… Just do it.)

A (pretty good Gauguin) painting sold for $300 MILLION?!?!? What the heck is going on?

Werner Herzog on his new film: “I should have done films about female characters from much, much earlier on. I’m glad that it happened, and I shall continue.” YES.

This nails office flirting – it’s never smooth, guys.

 

Oscar Fatigue

By now everyone is tired of chit-chatting about the Oscars. Can’t blame ’em. Frankly, I was pretty underwhelmed. That being said: LUPITA LUPITA LUPITA!

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She gave such a tremendous performance and delivered such a lovely speech. That woman is grace personified.

I wonder what next year will bring for women in film. Cate Blanchett’s speech touched on it:

For so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.

2013 didn’t seem a terrible year for women (at least to me anyhow). Sandra Bullock carried Gravity and killed it – that’s huge. I was disappointed, however, to read on the The Women’s Media Center blog : Across 19 categories 151 men were nominated for awards versus 31 women. That is depressing. The figures for the Director category alone are abysmal. 

It’s even crazier when you consider the fact that movies with a female protagonist earned 20% more on average than movies with a male protagonist. WTF Hollywood!

Sigh. Let’s make ourselves feel better with more Lupita:

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Apparently she danced with Bill Murray at the after party. SO COOL.