“Sure, there is a mix,” Dunn says when I ask her about the range of topics in women’s magazines. “There could be a story about lipstick, and then a great story about Afghani women…It’s not just women’s magazines, either. Have you ever opened a GQ or an Esquire?” Dunn points out. If I go to Esquire’s site, I immediately see the following stories: ‘International Sexy Women’, ‘Everything You Need to Know About Stephen King Movies’, and ‘Wear This Sport Coat, Drink This Scotch’.
“But for some reason men’s interests, like sports, or whatever, are seen as these noble, very serious topics…whereas ‘women’s interests’, that are makeup or boy bands, or whatever, are seen as stupid,” says Dunn. “Why? They’re the same level of stupid…how is (that) any more shallow than the obsession with the Super Bowl?”
Monique: I accidentally emailed 40 different groups of nuns the other day because I saved an email list from years ago. I meant to get in contact with my friend April Nunez to get dinner.
Monique: I had sooo many emails from nuns.
If you haven’t been watching Parenthood, however, you’ve missed out on some of the very best writing and acting on television today, a true ensemble of adults and children who imbue their characters with such nuance that it’s often difficult to remember that the Bravermans aren’t real people with real lives.
FM: Did you read anything before we met this morning?
Junot Diaz: Before I came here I read a chapter of a book on invasive species while I had my damn oatmeal, and I said, “I could have my fucking oatmeal and just chill. Or, I could put in 25 pages.” And so 25 pages are done. The book will be done by this evening because I sort of use these still, interstitial moments to burn through them. My favorite line of the chapter was the last line: “It is unlikely that anyone will ever again enter New Zealand carrying a red deer.”
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