Notes & Stories: Reading for Rest Days

We had our Thanksgiving dinner a day early this year; I spent Thursday doing pretty much nothing. And today I find myself feeling like doing more of the same. Some reading, some snacking, maybe a movie. Two days in a row! Of not working! It’s just what I needed.

Life has been too busy this year. All that work has to be balanced with some down time, and I haven’t had enough of it. So I appreciate these days of rest.

I have been collecting links for you guys, though. I hope you find something here that you can enjoy during your own rest.


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Joy Harjo is coming to the JCCSF on December 10th. She’s an amazing poet, and the the first Native American US Poet Laureate. I don’t think I can go see her, but I hope some of you get to go. Here are a few of my favorite poems of hers: Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings; Perhaps the World Ends Here; Tobacco Origin Story, Because Tobacco Was a Gift Intended to Walk Alongside Us to the Stars

I love having a poem emailed to me every morning from the Poetry Foundation. Here are a couple more good ones from this month:

And for longer reading, There There by Tommy Orange was one of the best books I read this year. I know I’m late to the game, and the readers among you have probably already read this one, but it was great, and definitely worth re-reading.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Native occupation of Alcatraz. Read about why that’s important, and see a photo essay about a canoe journey commemorating the event.

On a completely different and lighter note, did you see Dan Levy answering 73 questions for Vogue?

There are not nearly as many Thanksgiving movies as there are Christmas movies, but Home for the Holidays is one of my favorite holiday-season movies ever. It’s on Hulu and Amazon, and if you’ve never seen it, please go watch it. If you need convincing: the movie was directed by Jodie Foster and stars Holly Hunter along with Robert Downey Jr., and Anne Bancroft.

We saw Frozen 2 last weekend. The next few links have lots of spoilers, if you care about that sort of thing.

There was lots of disappointment (verging on rage) in our household that Disney did not #GiveElsaAGirlfriend in this movie. Maybe you didn’t know she was a gay icon? The nudge-wink inside jokes that Disney served us were not a substitute for an actual kiss.

(Some sample jokes, in case you missed them: the same day that Elsa meets her presumable girlfriend Honeymaren, they become dog moms—except the dog is replaced by a baby reindeer, duh; by the end of the movie, Honeymaren asks Elsa to move in, and Elsa agrees. “What does a lesbian bring on a first date? A U-Haul.”)

While Disney chose to ignore the demands for a gay princess, they did slip in an entire plotline about colonialism and reparations—pretty neat timing, considering that the movie came out a week before Thanksgiving.

I hope your holiday was delicious and full of love. And now we dive head-on into the rest of the holiday madness!

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