It is Friday, my dudes! We survived another week! I’m looking forward to a super low-key weekend — the last few have been busy, and I’d really like to buckle down and get some writing done. As ever, we shall see how well that actually pans out.
Here are five things I enjoyed this week!
Jennie Snyder-Urman is the showrunner of one of my favorite TV shows, Jane the Virgin. This profile has some beautiful commentary on the show and is deeply inspiring creatively.
The slate of current prestige television is large and suffocatingly uniform: dark, often humorless crime-centric shows about anti-heroic men and women. In that context, Jane the Virgin is anti-prestige in every way, a show about admirable women full of brilliant color, bone-rattling twists, and goofy, sly in-jokes that regularly dives into unabashed emotional sincerity. While it’s been a critical success since it premiered in 2014, it’s also struggled against the perception that its soapier, more melodramatic elements turn the whole thing into something merely lightweight or, worse, a guilty pleasure. But Urman is not interested in what she calls “the signifiers of deep, important television,” the kind of TV where “you’re going to talk really slow, and there’s going to be a lot of pauses, a lot of men. And they’re going to get really upset a lot.” On Jane, silliness can be a demonstration of intelligence rather than a negation of it, and the proud ownership of telenovela tropes is a way to claim the importance of women’s stories.
2. Dissect the Bird by John Craigie
The universe is not against you
It went through a lot just to give you a chance
It must have wanted you pretty bad
No pressure though, no pressure though
The universe went through a lot, but no pressure, bro
You don’t gotta be perfect, you don’t gotta be a saint
Just don’t waste it, this was not a mistake.
You’re doing it wrong
Dissecting the bird
Trying to find the song
It’s a miracle that you’re here at all
3. Listener impersonations of Criminal’s Phoebe Judge
I was seriously cackling in my car listening to this. SO GOOD.
I’ve been looking at a lot of home decor recently to help my parents brainstorm for their upcoming rebuild. I don’t think I could talk them into a bug-themed bathroom, but don’t think I didn’t pin it for my future home.
There’s nothing I love more than a good Vine reference, and these stickers seem like a really good way to express that love and make new friends IMO.