Central Texas Bluebonnets (a note card hanging at my desk)
In honor of spring, and Shiner Time (trademark Nancy) tonight.
I can feel it happening in the way I absorb the news. In my twenties, I devoured the newspaper with the fearless zest of moral outrage. No atrocity story was too horrible for me to revel in every last detail—in some way, none of it was quite real. But, over time, indignation gave way to fear. Nothing makes the news more real than having children—it’s as if you lose a layer of skin, and even minor abrasions with the world get infected. On some days, reading the paper is almost unbearable. The Newtown killings hit me in a deeper place than all the wars and genocides of the past few decades. There were certain articles I couldn’t finish, even though I was unable to think of anything else.
George Packer, Loose Thoughts on Youth and Age (The New Yorker)
Solange giving Queen Bey a run for her money. #crossingbrooklynferry (at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House)
Friday night we danced in the pit, and it was the best.
Need something to watch on Netflix this weekend? We asked our entertainment editor, Scott Meslow, for a recommendation.
Finished with Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and House of Cards, and looking for the next great drama to devour? You’re in luck — Sundance Channel’s Top of The Lake ended just a few days ago, but the entire series is already available on Netflix, and well worth your time. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss stars as detective Robin Griffin, a woman investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl in a small New Zealand town. Think a smarter, more pointed version of The Killing, and you wouldn’t be far off — and with just seven 50-minute episodes, it’s the perfect weekend binge-watch. — Scott
I’m just going to leave this here.
Oh man. When I finished this last week I felt… deflated, in need of recovery, and pleased with the nuanced storytelling. After you’ve watched it, too, let’s talk.
(Also worth noting: the show holds up much better without commercial breaks. I watched the first two hours live and was jarred — to the point of disliking the show — with all the cuts between content and advertising. I’m glad I stuck with it and started watching in on demand.)