Posts Tagged: mindy kaling

Lena Dunham Interviews Mindy Kaling (And It’s Very Funny)

At this point, saying you love Mindy Kaling is like saying you love pizza or donuts. I mean, duh. Of course you do. She’s a smart, talented, funny, hardworking woman who cares about makeup. What’s not to like? But she keeps saying funny things, so I feel the need to keep talking about how much I like her. Yesterday, Rolling Stone published a conversation between Lena Dunham and Mindy from Rookie: Yearbook Two. The whole thing is great, but I especially liked this last paragraph:

“I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that? I love mothers who teach their children that listening is often better than talking. I love obedient daughters who absorb everything—being perceptive can be more important than being expressive. I love women who love sex and realize that sexual experience doesn’t have to be the source of their art. I love women who love sex and can write about it in thoughtful, creative ways that don’t exploit them, as many other people will use sex to exploit them. I love women who know how to wear menswear.”

I love women who know how to wear menswear, too. I wish I could. You can read the rest of the interview at Rolling Stone.

Lady Inspiration: Mindy Kaling

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“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”–Mindy Kaling in Parade

Why Bust Magazine is the Best Magazine Ever

Sometimes when I have people over, they’ll pick up the copies of Bust I leave on my coffee table and say, “I’ve never heard of this magazine!” Admittedly, on at least one occasion this friend has been a dude, which kind of makes sense, but it’s downright criminal that there are still ladies who aren’t reading Bust! If you’re reading this blog, trust me, you should be reading Bust. Here are the reasons why:

1. It’s a women’s magazine that doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself. No diet tips, no weight loss tips, no convincing you that you’ll never be happy unless your hair is shinier.

2. Crafts and recipes, but in a different way. A lot of feminist publications shy away from recipes and knitting and stuff, which I can understand (even if I don’t agree with it). But Bust is interested in helping you make fun food for your life, not for some imagined family. Unlike in, say, Good Housekeeping, Bust will never give you a recipe that’s designed to make your kids eat their vegetables. Their craft coverage is also cool, focusing on more off-the-wall techniques and sometimes getting into the (usually lady-based) history of the craft. This is domesticity for the sake of domesticity, not for a family or a man. This is no surprise, since the magazine’s main gal is Debbie Stoller, knitter extraordinaire.

3. Diversity. Okay, so it’s not perfect, and it does tend to focus more on young white actresses, but Bust has more diversity (in terms of age, race, and size) in its cover ladies than any other women’s mag on the news stands. Looking through recent issues, I see Maya Rudolph, Kat Dennings, Mindy Kaling, Helen Mirren, Vera Farmiga, and like a billion other cool ladies.

4. An advice column by Roseanne Barr. No explanation needed.

5. Weird fashion spreads with themes like “Dark Shadows” and “Twin Peaks.”

6. Actually interesting articles. This month has men who breastfeed!

7. Usually asks interview subjects if they are feminists. Guess what? They usually say yes without hesitation! And if they don’t, well, now you know who to mistrust and/or feel sorry for because they don’t seem to understand the definition of the word “feminist” even when it is explained to them (Gwen Stefani, lookin’ at you).

8. They published this picture:

G’head and subscibe here. You will not regret it! I haven’t even talked about the One-Handed Reads.

Red Band Trailer with Mindy Kaling

Lovely Lauren e-mailed me this interview with the caption, “To heal the pain of Mindy’s WTF interview.”

I love Diablo Cody and Mindy Kaling both so much, so this is the perfect interview. You guys, Mindy Kaling is single. Get on it, dudes. Also, I love that she talks about how the guys she’s attracted to now are different, because I have noticed the exact same thing (although I have a boyfriend, so I’m talking about my movie crushes). I came to the same conclusion they did…it’s my stupid biological clock ruining my life again.

A Large Cup of Coffee and A True Crime Documentary: A Recipe for a Sleepless Night

On Tuesday night, my boyfriend and I went shopping, ate sandwiches, and got coffee. Well, I got coffee. A lot of coffee. We went on a lovely walk, admired lots of puppies, and then I came home to watch a delightful little documentary about a possible murder.
On Mindy Kaling’s episode of WTF, she mentions a true crime documentary called The Staircase. It’s about a woman who died by supposedly falling down the stairs, although her husband is immediately suspected. Turns out it’s online, and I started it last night around 10. This might surprise you, but that was a bad decision. I couldn’t stop watching it, I stayed up way too late, and I couldn’t sleep all night because of my megadose of both caffeine and nerves. Anyway, it’s really long (like, 6 hours long) so I’m not even close to finishing it, but this is a recommendation and a warning. It’s a great movie so far! But don’t watch it before bed.