Midweek on Fleek: Things I like that you might too #9
Hola friends. It's miercoles again, and wherever you are in the world, it's not too long til the weekend.
Whether you're reclining on the chaise-longue in your London penthouse, eating vegan sushi at a Brighton squat-with-a-view or luxuriating on an Andalusian roof terrace (which I'm obviously not, because sunburn happens all year round people) hopefully you will appreciate some of these Wednesday ideas:
Watch Oprah interview RuPaul
Such wisdom. It's the kind of wisdom you definitely already knew because you've read The Secret, but sometimes it takes hearing it from sane, grounded, unfathomably rich people to really hammer the message home.
One of the most useful/universal ideas is that often when we're threatened by people or terrified of situations, we've actually created that stress all on our ones.
As Ru puts it: 'Ma'am, the call is coming from inside the house.'
Stop sabotaging yourself. Who are you, Nina Bonina Brown?
Read Yanis Varoufakis' book on Capitalism
This is basically the economy for dummies with a much prettier cover.
If you've ever been confused about inflation, public debt, bitcoin or what's really going on in Blade Runner, this is the book for you.
It's written as a fatherly speech to the author's 18-year-old daughter, so it's only a bit too complicated and sprinkled with examples from popular culture.
Helpful if you're a simple soul like me who feels more comfortable with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein than market societies.
This book explains in super simple terms why the industrial revolution happened on some continents but not others. It uses a WW2 prisoner of war camp to illustrate trade, debt and inflation.
Bonus: Yanis Varoufakis with his crinkly smile looks like a Greek version of (noted fashion photographer) Nigel Barker & has some uplifting suggestions on how we can avoid being rendered obsolete by machines. OLÉ!
Watch I, Tonya
Based on a true story because you cannot make this utter chaos up.
Tonya Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel jump in an ice skating competition.
She fought to be recognised, despite having a horribly abusive mum (Alice Janney with a parrot and a fag) and having to sew the sequins onto her own (exemplary) leotards.
The truck-loving, inhaler-gasping tomboy was beginning to hold her own in the face of a snooty judging panel, but her husband was an unacceptable human who ruined everything by paying a moron to break her opponent's knees.
Margot Robbie is exciting to watch, and she produced it too, suggesting she's an excellent person.
A lot of the documentary-style interviews to camera are reenacted from real footage which could lead you down a fascinatingly nineties YouTube rabbit hole if you let it.
It's a tragic and painful story brilliantly told.
Read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is old news isn't it, but if you're one of the two people who hasn't already recommended me this book, locate it on a charity shop shelf ASAP.
It's a portrait of Nigeria with tangy mouthfuls and sharp edges, a smart commentary on skin colour and class in the USA, a reminder racism is alive and well.
At its heart is a woman who questions, talks back and deliberately destroys.
She's the kind of woman whose love occasionally fills her with rage. Basically someone I would really like to hang out with.
Get into Duane Michals
If you happen to live anywhere near Granada in Spain, you could go to see this exhibition at the Centro José Guerrero.
If not, you must visit me without delay, or just google the man because he's quite interesting.
Almost the entire collection is black-and-white photographs.
Some are portraits snapped in the late fifties of children, washerwomen, businessmen and soldiers in Leningrad. Others are sexy celebs like Meryl Streep, Madonna and Sean Penn.
There's a little set of empty 1960s New York which has ghostly-still launderettes and deserted coffee shops.
Some are clever sequences playing with shape and perspective, others have poems underneath about the photographer's childhood or his distant, boozy father.
The picture above: Heisenberg's Magic Mirror of Uncertainty kind of reminded me of Nina Bonina Brown again where it says: 'The act of looking in the mirror affects which image she will see.'
Sometimes the deep thoughts just come to me, what can I say.