Friday links, 10/19/12

Yup, I have a ball pit.

Meet Alexis Wiseman, who might just become the first autistic Miss America.
-A great write-up of Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar column in the New Yorker.
When I loved Reagan: heartfelt reflections on an embarrassing video from the author’s teenage years, and on the ways that girls are raised.
Yes, there are fat women getting Hollywood roles…but we still treat them like crap.
-How going out in the world while fat can be an act of rebellion.
I showed my son a video of two men getting married and he didn’t even realize anything unusual was happening – a sweet story, and the wedding video is beautiful. What an adorable couple! I’m so glad that many kids today are being raised with gay marriage as a completely normal thing.

This is an old pic, but fun–from a food festival in Union Square a few years ago

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On life and dreams: a ramble

I aspire to be glamorous like Kat Williams and La Carmina: to wear vintage dresses and get paid to travel the world. To make magazines. To go on adventures with kindred fa(t)shion spirits in party dresses, petticoats, and pink hair.

I aspire to inspire other fat girls and women like Tess Munster. To create badass images of fat beauty. To show them they, too, can be beautiful.

I aspire to walk in the woods, full of wonder, like Mary Oliver. To live by the ocean, to wander the tidal flats, to dive deep into the blue mystery that is life.

I aspire to tell my truths, like Cheryl Strayed. To crack hearts open in the best way. To write with both brutality and kindness.

I am still struggling to integrate these visions, these dreams, the many different ways I see myself. Continue reading

Wheee!

Guess what just came in the mail? Cheryl Strayed’s new book, Tiny Beautiful Things! I am going to disappear into my room very soon and curl up with it.

I saw Cheryl Strayed in March, when she gave a reading from her last book, Wild.

The book is a collection of columns that Strayed wrote as Dear Sugar. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of her yet, go check out her columns.  She is amazing and inspiring.