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Good stuff online: Gabourey Sidibe at the MS. Gala

May 4, 2014

I love Gabourey Sidibe. Love. Her. Besides being an extraordinary actress (see Precious — no, really, watch it!), she’s so smart and funny.

She gave a great talk at the Ms. Foundation gala last week that has been posted online. I read many passages aloud to Andy over breakfast. Some made me laugh; some made me cry. Here’s one:

“I got made fun of at school, I got made fun of at home too, my older brother hated me, my dad just didn’t understand me, and my mom, who had been a fat girl at my age herself, understood me perfectly … but she berated me because she was so afraid of what she knew was to come for me. So I never felt safe when I was at home. And my response was always to eat more, because nothing says, ‘You hurt my feelings. Fuck you!’ like eating a delicious cookie. Cookies never hurt me.”

Read the whole thing here and tell me what you think.

Good stuff online: Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher

April 14, 2013

The Guardian of London published this remarkably deep, thoughtfully enraged remembrance of Margaret Thatcher from a surprising corner — as Andy remarked, who knew Russell Brand (the comic actor with the out-of-control hair and five-minute-marriage to pop star Katy Perry) was such a fine, intelligent, self-searching writer?

“I hope I’m not being reductive but it seems Thatcher’s time in power was solely spent diminishing the resources of those who had least for the advancement of those who had most. I know from my own indulgence in selfish behaviour that it’s much easier to get what you want if you remove from consideration the effect your actions will have on others.”


Good stuff online: THOUGHTS ON TOUCH

January 2, 2013

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My friend George Russell (above center) is a gifted teacher, bodyworker, and chiropractor who writes an excellent blog about life in a body. His latest entry is so good, I want you to check it out. He talks about two populations who get the least amount of touch — elders and adolescents — and the connection between touch and empathy, and lack of touch and violence/death. Read his column online here.

Good stuff online: Dan Martin and Michael Biello’s song “Annie Sprinkle”

January 1, 2013

Michael Biello and Dan Martin, partners in art and in life, have written many wonderful songs together over the years. They’re currently working on a show called In My Body, and they’ve made a demo recording of this delicious song about the legendary pleasure activist Annie Sprinkle. Sung by Michele Ragusa, the song describes the epiphanic experience of seeing Annie’s performance piece Post-Porn Modernist, where she invited audience members to the stage to look at her pussy…I mean, to examine her cervix. I witnessed an earlier version of this show, when Richard Schechner asked Annie to conduct her sex education class as part of a show he staged at the Performing Garage called The Prometheus Project, and I can attest to the beautiful, sweet, innocent, hilarious, and shamanic impact of Annie’s physical generosity. This was truly Living Theater! Dan and Michael capture the essence of Annie’s message: “To pleasure yourself is to pleasure the world!”


Good stuff online: Matt Taibbi on the agony of the endless presidential campaign

October 10, 2012


“What we Americans go through to pick a president is not only crazy and unnecessary but genuinely abusive.” Thank you, Matt Taibbi! Read the complete blog post by Rolling Stone‘s excellent political reporter online here.

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