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Wednesday Link Party!

Happy Wednesday, guys! I hope you’re all having an awesome week. I’ve been working A LOT, but don’t think that means I haven’t had time to watch the entirety of True Detective. H. and I started it this weekend and I immediately fell for it. Rust Cohle, you are something else. If you guys ever want to talk about the show, I’m always here. On with the links!

Some pep talks from Anne T. Donahue.

David Lynch’s philosophy on drinking coffee is just as David Lynch-y as you would expect.

The Hairpin interviewed Julie Klausner: “I love it when smart people get together and talk about The Real Housewives or a Broadway show or Shailene Woodley, or, “Did you hear what that person said that, that’s hilarious, oh, what a crazy weirdo”—that’s my bread and butter.”

“Feminine sadness,” from Rilo Kiley to Lana Del Rey. As someone who spent a lot of time in college just listenin’ to Rilo Kiley and feelin’ sad, I get this.

How to make yourself a better writer without getting an MFA degree.

Anne Helen Peterson writes about the joys of reading like a teenager: “Teens don’t have to spend an hour in traffic to attend a distant cousin’s baby shower; teens don’t have to wait in line at Ann Taylor Loft to return three pairs of shoes you ill-advisedly bought after two glasses of wine.”

James Franco reads a lot of books, but none of them are by women. Flavorwire gives him a few suggestions.

The boys and I saw The Sacrament this weekend and I really enjoyed it. I mean, it’s about a cult, so OBVIOUSLY I enjoyed it.

The term Manic Pixie Dream Girl was once useful and interesting, but now it’s just sort of lazy, dismissive, and (often) misogynist.

And finally, an interview with True Detective’s show runner. Seriously, I had a few problems with the show, but damn it if it wasn’t one of the most compelling things I’ve seen in awhile (and I watch Love It or List It, you guys).

Thursday Link Party!

Okay, so Wednesday Link Party is actually Thursday Link Party this week. I’ve been out livin’ life, okay? It’s been a super fun week. On Friday night, we had the chance to go to a baseball game with Cat and her husband (I love baseball games because I get to eat hot dogs) before hitting up 16 Bit for 80s-themed drinks (I had the Elizabeth Shue). I spent the weekend hanging out with my family and eating lots of food for Father’s Day. And on Tuesday night, we got to see The Preatures in concert with our friend Jessie and her boyfriend. For someone who rarely leaves the house, it’s all been a lot. I hope you guys are having fun too! On with the links!

Jennifer Weiner has always been and continues to be the best: “…if you’re a guy writing a funny, fast-paced, relatable comedy of manners, with a Jewish protagonist, you’ve written a book. If you’re a girl and you wrote that same thing, you’re… me.”

I’ve been a fan of Emily Gould since I was in college. I read all her blogs, I bought her memoir, and you better believe I’m reading Friendship. In this Elle interview she talks about money and Lena Dunham and is just all-around great.

There’s nothing I hate more than a snob, and this piece about The Goldfinch has some prime quotes from quite a few of them.

Was that too many lit links in a row? Okay, here’s a Tumblr dedicated to Harry Styles in a headband.

The boys and I watched Enough Said this weekend (seriously, I feel bad for you if you don’t just watch movies with your brothers all the time like I clearly do) and I just liked it. But now I find myself thinking about it a lot, so maybe I more than liked it? Anyway, all of the performances are wonderful. James Gandolfini was very good and the world needs more Ben Falcone/Tavi Gevinson in films. A.O. Scott really loved it, and he’s a lot smarter than me, so maybe you should listen to him.

Here’s some stuff I want to eat: Lemon Lentil Soup, Teriyaki Shrimp Burgers, Summer Slaw Sandwiches with Fried Pickles.

Wednesday Link Party!

Happy Wednesday, guys! I hope you all had a fantastic week. I definitely did! On Friday I got to have dinner with Creative Lady Angela (we went to The Pearl–highly recommended!), and then I spent the weekend hanging out with my family. There was a bike ride on this beautiful trail, a sweet potato pound cake, and a viewing of Behind the Candelabra. Perfect weekend, is what I’m saying here. Anyway, on with the links!

-I haven’t seen Obvious Child yet, but man oh man am I loving all of these Jenny Slate interviews. She is always so charming, weird, and funny. In this Vulture interview, she says things like, “I don’t like that. Especially when it’s something I had said and it was a genuine, beautiful feeling that I had when I was on mushrooms.”

-Okay, so we’ve all read like a million profiles of and interviews with Mindy Kaling, right? But she says a lot of great things in this Guardian interview, including this on the value of entertainment: “When my mom was very sick we’d watch Modern Family, and it was a rest from that situation, that was so wonderfully needed. I know that’s what entertainment can do at its very best.”

-You guys ever read the Wikipedia page on Ren and Stimpy? I don’t know why, but I did this week. What a weird show.

-Shonda Rhimes gave an insanely great commencement speech that I can’t stop thinking about.

-Scenes from My Imaginary Friendship with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: ” When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson calls by accident at 3am because he’s filming in Tunisia and his internal clock’s all messed up, I’m not angry. I just listen. ‘How are you?’ I ask. There’s a long pause before he quietly says, ‘I’m gonna be honest. I’m not too great.’”

-Not a link at all, but a story: when I was a freshman in high school, one of my friends had a huge crush on this guy who was OBSESSED with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This was before he was a movie star, back when he was just a wrestler. I ended up learning a lot of The Rock’s particular language, and I still use it from time to time. Namely, “the people’s elbow,” “jabroni,” and “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?”

-This week I wrote about The Truth About Alice on HelloGiggles! Check it out!

Wednesday Link (Dinner) Party

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Sorry the blog’s been a bit sparse lately. I really do like to update four days a week, but life’s been busy. H. and I re-started our home-buying process, and while I like to be all “the journey is the destination” and all that hippie bs, the truth is that this journey is hella annoying, frustrating, and stressful. So if I’m not updating WLTV on my regular schedule, just assume I’m standing in an empty living room somewhere trying to figure out where my furniture would go.

So I’ve been busy, but I haven’t been too busy to have a small dinner party. Having people over for dinner is so much more attractive to me than having a party, because eating and having long conversations are two of my favorite things. Last Friday, I invited my BFF Cat and her husband over to eat dinner with us. Cat is the absolute perfect guest–she always shows up early (but not too early), she always brings something, and she always helps in a very unobtrusive way (usually just by keeping me company while I finish things). I’m sorry if she’s not your friend and she can’t be your dinner guest. It’s seriously your loss.

Want to know what I served? Here you go!

For the main course, I made this braised pork ragu that I’ve been dying to try for months. I do not like to make fussy or show off-y things ever, but especially not when I’m having people over. It just stresses me out too much. The pork ragu was the perfect low-stress meal. I prepared it ahead of time and just heated it up when they were on their way over. Bonus: it takes a cup of wine, which means you’ll have some wine leftover to drink.

I stuck with my go-to basic green salad. If you candy the walnuts and mix up the dressing ahead of time, it’s no work at all to throw together. The walnuts make it seem a little more interesting.

I also made garlic bread sort of like this. But you probably already know how to make garlic bread.

Most importantly, I made Joy the Baker’s Man Bait Apple Crisp for dessert. It’s the best, and super easy.

Related to dinner party links: 5 Ways to Deal With Dinner Party Guests Who Won’t Put Down Their Phones. I’ll admit that I’m old and crochety and I find it unspeakably rude when someone texts through their entire hangout with you, barely making eye contact. That being said, if someone ever told me to put my phone in some weird phone basket, I would be like, “Um….no? Are you trying to steal my phone?” By the way, this isn’t a statement on Cat, who is a perfect guest and only brings out her phone for emergencies or to show me emails I sent her in 2004 when I was a stupid baby. But I think we all know people like this, right?

And that article from The Kitchn led me to my new favorite advice column, Ask a (Sensible) Midwesterner. As a sensible Midwesterner myself, I agree with all of her advice.

Image from Dinner: A Love Story

Wednesday Link Party!

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Happy Wednesday, guys! I hope you’re all having an awesome one. Over the past week, I got to eat Greek food with my family and attend my BFF’s white coat ceremony. And on Monday night, H., Lexie, and I saw Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks (that’s them in the picture above). I had an awesome time…I hadn’t been to a really small show in awhile, and I forgot how much fun it is to be in a tiny room, just a few feet away from the band. I mean, were there way too many hippie-bros obnoxiously pushing each other while openly smoking? Yes. And did I lose hearing in one of my ears for the rest of the night? Also yes. But whatever. It was a great show! You can stream the album here if you’re interested. On with the links!

The best lines from Guy Fieri’s new cookbook: “When cooking for a big crew of hungry dudes who’ve been sleeping in a parking lot, do not think you can get away with fettucini Alfredo.”

A Buzzfeed list of all the wonderful food you can eat in my lovely city, Columbus. I just had Harvest Pizza on Monday!

An essay about Celine Dion in which Mary Gaitskill says, “Bitch, excuse me?” more than once.

This piece from Jesse Thorn is a couple years old but still great: Make Your Thing: 12 Point Program for Absolutely, Positively 1000% No-Fail Guaranteed Success

An explanation of the new One Direction video. “There is a solemnity in LIAM’s eyes that disturbs HARRY, but, then again, he always was the serious one.” Also, on a serious 1D note, you know I’ll listen to literally anything they record and I always appreciate those sweet, sweet Liam vocals, but this is one of my least favorite songs on the album. I don’t know why this is a single. Oh, and Zayn looks great but that shot of him morphing into Louis will haunt me. Okay, that’s all for this week!