My fave finds of the week.
1) "Looking for the Future"
The fifth episode of HBO's "Looking" is unparalleled in the way it examines the intricacies of how two gay men connect. Here are three of the fifty-zillion things that went through my mind after watching the show:
* Writer/director Andrew Haigh, who also did the indie film Weekend, is poetic in the way he excavates and exposes gay shame
* Intimacy is both a partnered dance and a fierce battle with your own insecurities and fears
* This excerpt from Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P: "Dating is probably the most fraught human interaction there is. You're sizing people up to see if they're worth your time and attention, and they're doing the same to you. We submit ourselves to these intimate inspections and simultaneously inflict them on others and try to keep our psyches intact--to keep from becoming cold and callous..."
2) This 13 second video of model Bo Develius by photographer Michael Furlonger
Because duh. See more of him in motion here.
3) These "found" photos of the Rolling Stones from 1965
The photos, taken in Savannah, Georgia and Clearwater, Florida, were recently found in a box at an estate sale. They provide an interesting look at the band, the country, and the times.
4) The "Netflix" for Magazines
I had heard about Next Issue for awhile, but didn't try it until now. I'm hooked! You have access to 133 magazines (current and back issues) for about $15 bucks a month. This week, it was so cool to hear that RiRi was on the cover of Vogue and then to immediately be able to download and read the issue without ever leaving the couch. This app is definitely my newest addiction.
5) K. Michelle - "I Love This Way"
I haven't been able to leave the house this week without playing this multiple times. It's my favorite new self-empowerment jam, and predictably (for me), the song contains lots of profanity, unsubtle references to oral sex, and other general rathchetness. (If you don't know about K. Michelle, think of her as the Millennial Millie Jackson.)
The song has also been enlightening for me. Who knew that some women have nicknames for their booties and refer to their vajays as "hot pockets?"
My favorite part of the song is when she sings a line that I think we all should say to ourselves every day: "Goddamnit, I love me!"