The Weekly Yell: The Janelle Monae Bi Girl Fever Dream Edition

Hi! This week, I impulse-bought, of all things, a mattress, because it was so soft. Did I do any research on latex or foam or box-springs or compare prices? No! What were you up to on this glorious adulting year of our 2018? -K

Media

So, I know I have been the resident recommender of, like, poetry and pretentious film, but I contain multitudes, and today I am here to introduce you all to the chicken cover of Camilla Cabello’s “Havana”. I don’t even know, you guys. It’s mesmerising. -T

This Nebula-nominated short story by Singaporean author Vina Jie-Min Prasad, titled “Fandom For Robots”, is a delightful fifteen-minute whizz through the story of a sentient robot who discovers fandom and starts writing fic. It is every inch as delightful as it sounds. Read it. You will not regret it. (Shout-out to JY Yang, our other Singapore Nebula Award nominee!) -K

UMMM, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BI GIRL FEVER DREAM MUSIC VIDEO BY JANELLE MONAE? “Make Me Feel” literally had me projecting absolute awe and respect at my laptop screen with my hands folded neatly on my lap, as if any movement would disturb these four minutes of guitar-tickling, bi colour palette-wielding, San Junipero time-bending PERFECTION. Bonus: Tessa Thompson??? Watch it. Watch it now! -K

so good, so good / so fuckin’ real (gif credit)

Podcasts

I have, one billion years late to the party, discovered podcasts, having realised, at my new job, that commutes later than 6am can actually be used for something. K’s yelled about “Switched on Pop” to us for ages – she even wrote about it here! – and she is, as always, right: it is clever and absorbing and had me nearly bursting into song on a morning train. When I’m trying to be more serious and self-improving, I’m also really loving “French Voices” and “French Your Way” , both run by the same person (a delightfully cheerful woman named Jessica). “French Your Way” has really interesting little segments on linguistics, syntax, and cultural norms, alongside more typical language lessons. And “French Voices”, my personal favourite, consists entirely of one-on-one interviews with native French speakers – artists, writers, linguists, sportspeople. I really only understand about 40% of what’s being said, but it’s a lovely way to sink into an immersion method, and learn new things along the way. -T

Olympics (Again)

I’m #SorryNotSorry that we are just an Olympics blog now, but man, figure skating has been so full of ~*~*~DRAMA~*~*~*!!!! The most important news being of course, Virtue/Moir’s extremely well-deserved Olympics gold in ice dancing. (BUT IF SOMEONE HAS A BETTER VIDEO LINK PLS LINK!) They delivered a stunning Moulin Rouge-themed Sex on Ice routine, narrowly beating those pesky French to end their long 20-year careers in triumph. The other categories weren’t lacking in the narratives either: in the men’s category we have young Nathan Chen landing 6 quads in his final skate after crashing and burning through his entire Olympics due to the unbearable pressure of carrying America’s gold-medal hopes. We also have Aljona Savchenko finally winning the Gold in pairs skating in her 5th Olympics (!!!) after skating for 2 different countries, with 3 different partners. We told you this was melodrama. -C

OH ok so he’s part puppy dog (gif credit)

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Elizabeth Swaney, who err, managed to compete for the Olympics despite being a painfully average skier. Regardless of whether you’re a glass-half-full or empty person, you gotta admire her chutzpah. -C

Doggo of the Week

This week I am shaming C’s dog, Cookie, who has gotten lice and has had to be SHAVED, making his eyes look ten times bigger and more piteous. -K

our sympathies, but also… lol

Thanks for tuning in. ‘Til next week!

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