this wouldn’t happen to be your frozen turkey

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Dana Whitaker: I’ve named this Thanksgiving. I’m calling it “The Thanksgiving of Mom’s Disapproval.” Included on the 2-record set are the hit songs “Why Aren’t You Married?” And “Sports Is No Place for an Educated Woman” and “Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell You How to Cook a Turkey?”

— Sports Night 1×8, “Thespis”

The Maternal Unit would never say those things, but this is one of Trav’s and my favorite episodes of Sports Night and we’re hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner today, so it seemed appropriate.

No one ever told me how to cook a turkey, after all. And this year I just informed Trav he was in charge of the turkey-cooking and to get on that. But mostly mostly I’m just really happy, and thankful, that we’re spending the holiday together, with people we love, with each other, with the terrible kittens, and that all of you out there are reading this. I’m thankful for you guys, too.

And the turkey emoji. The turkey emoji is great, you guys.

for a cup of coffee and to wear your ring

and i wear your ring

and i don’t know how i survived those days
before i held your hand
well i never thought that i would be the one
to admit that the moon and the sun
shine so much more brighter when
seen through two pairs of eyes than
when seen through just one

quote: kathleen hanna on beyonce

the gaslight anthem @ cat's cradle

Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we shouldn’t either. I just think, Would Beyoncé be reading this? No, she would just delete it or somebody would delete it for her. What I really need to do is close the computer and then talk back to that voice and say, Fuck you. I don’t give a shit what you think. I’m Beyoncé. I’m going to Ibiza with Jay-Z now, fuck off. Being criticized is part of the job, but seeking it out isn’t. That’s our piece to let go. — Kathleen Hanna

quote: mason jennings on marriage, sort of

record store day: lauren st jane

This quote from a 2011 American Songwriter interview with Mason (I was doing research for a piece) made me grin:

I’ve heard that couples would come up to you after your shows sometimes to tell you what your music means to them.

Yeah, it’s just something we noticed over the years. Often times, when I go out and talk to people, it’s often couples. And it’s really cool to hear so many different stories about people using my music in their weddings. A lot of times people will admit that they will hear my music when they start dating and that will be the soundtrack for when they’re dating. And people, when they get married, it’s been a soundtrack for their relationship. It’s always an awesome thing to hear. I just feel so fortunate because that’s such a high honor.

Sometimes you would think the soundtrack would be someone like Sam Cooke or somebody like that. So when it’s somebody who writes songs that are lyrically complex, it’s cool to think of people having their relationship set to that.

Because, well, Travis and I could certainly tell Mason an awful lot about that. Although also probably about Sam Cooke.

poem: vii (wendell barry)

holden beach, nc, march 2013

VII (Wendell Barry)

I know I am getting old and I say so,
but I don’t think of myself as an old man.
I think of myself as a young man
with unforeseen debilities. Time is neither
young nor old, but simply new, always
counting, the only apocalypse. And the clouds
—no mere measure or geometry, no cubism,
can account for clouds or, satisfactorily, for bodies.
There is no science for this, or art either.
Even the old body is new—who has known it
before?—and no sooner new than gone, to be
replaced by a body yet older and again new.
The clouds are rarely absent from our sky
over this humid valley, and there is a sycamore
that I watch as, growing on the riverbank,
it forecloses the horizon, like the years
of an old man. And you, who are as old
almost as I am, I love as I loved you
young, except that, old, I am astonished
at such a possibility, and am duly grateful.

quote: patti smith on good things

carrboro farmer's market

Whenever anyone does something of worth, including myself, it just makes me happy to be alive. — Patti Smith

Feeling really grateful for a particular handful of people in my life today. If we’ve talked about making art or doing things that scare you in the last few days, consider yourself even more loved than usual this afternoon.

poem: “we talked about the fact …” (robert lax)

fountain, southern pines, nc

We talked about the fact …
(Robert Lax)

We talked about the fact that
it wasn’t the danger,
it wasn’t the skill,
it wasn’t the applause
that made the act what it was.
It was principally the grace;
the bringing into being,
for a moment,
the beautiful thing,
the somersault,
the leap,
the entrechat on horseback.
The skill,
of course, has something to do
with it. It is pleasant
to know you can do anything
so difficult. It is good when you
have mastered it, and you are
really in competition with yourself.

“When we make a mistake in
the ring we are very angry. The
audience doesn’t know, but we
know.”

But it is a pleasure
to do anything
so difficult
and do it
gracefully.