Links 122 & 123: On Marie Kondo and Emotional Labour

Please enjoy/ wince at these two good reads on the ways that Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ is both highlighting and obfuscating the emotional labour done by women in the home. I’m sure someone on Twitter has made the ‘declutter your husband’ joke that’s needed here.

The Emotional Labor on ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ Does Not Spark Joy [Romper]

‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ is Inadvertently About Women’s Invisible Labor [Vice]

Link 120: The Bezos Divorce

I have been following news of the Bezos divorce with great interest–the life of a woman involved with a start-up guy has a certain relevance to my current dating life–and think that this take by Louise Matsakis is a good one.

What MacKenzie Bezos needs to do now is take her half of the money, and start doing all the philanthropic work the Bezos’ should have been doing all along. Wouldn’t the greatest revenge on her cheating ex be to just… give it all away?

MacKenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder [Wired]

Link 118: This is very right but also very wrong

An ex of mine used to say that “Denzel Washington is the best actor of his generation” in a particularly reverent way, and I did not disagree. I approve of The Ringer shouting out his best roles–but am sorely disappointed that Denzel’s turn as the Prince in Much Ado About Nothing does not appear on the list. Because damn–he is so good in that role and I love that movie and I would not turn him down like Beatrice did.

Link 117: Love is Dead (As Usual), Plus an Important PSA

Not gonna lie: I loved these two as a couple and I’m sad to hear it’s over. I’ve been fond of Pattinson since seeing him in Cosmopolis. I went to a matinee, and at the start of the movie, there were four other patrons… and by the end of the film, I was enjoying a private screening. I liked it, though, and I like that Pattinson has transcended (repudiated?) his Twilight past.

Also… all this Harvey Weinstein news is bringin’ me down… The most horrifying thing about it is that a man doesn’t need HW’s level of power to get away with harassing, demeaning, and abusing women. Thank god for Sam Bee–I’ve watched this PSA four times already. It’s oddly soothing. Will likely watch a fifth (and sixth and …) time.

Link 116: A Good Life

I really like that Nicholson Baker has popped up in The Cut‘s “I Like This Bitch’s Life” series.

Because, yeah…

…hi…

…yes please.

Although really I’ve already been channeling Nicholson Baker for years. Ever since reading The Mezzanine, I’ve always stood (and not walked up) escalators. That book remains a favourite.

Link 114: Breaking in Your Birkenstocks

I bought a pair of Birkenstocks this summer, immediately wore them on a beach date that involved a lot of walking,* and ended up with brutal blisters so deep they left scars. I didn’t even know that a painful breaking-in period was common for Birks; this piece from Racked makes me feel better about my suffering.

 

*We went out to Iona Beach and walked along the spit to a secluded spot–very lovely but windy enough to fill our wine glasses with sand. At one point, a nude man wearing a backpack walked by, and somehow, he was the most naked person I have ever seen. Maybe it was the contrast created by the full-clothed woman walking beside him; maybe it was his backpack; maybe it was the glowing summer evening sun. Whatever it was, that dude was N-A-K-E-D.