The Evening of Awesome

As you might guess from the name, it was indeed awesome.

Less awesome were our seats, which were dizzingly high up and terribly cramped. Not being able to stretch my legs for two and a half hours with no intermission? Not fun. And I have fairly short legs.

But, physical comfort aside, it was a great show. John talked movingly about the process of writing The Fault in Our Stars (which you should read, if you haven’t yet), Hank played some of his wonderfully geeky songs, and there was a Q&A featuring Neil Gaiman and Hannah of My Drunk Kitchen.

Nerdfighers for life!

Kimya Dawson, who I hadn’t heard of before, also performed. I loved her songs, and will definitely be checking out more of her music.

As for the Mountain Goats? Meh. I know a lot of my friends love them, but I’ve never really gotten into them. And their performance lacked the energy, the oomph, that makes live music enjoyable. I did appreciate their cover of They Might Be Giants’ “New York City”, though–and John and Hank’s awkward dancing along to it!

There were lots of funny moments throughout the night, but the best one, hands down, was during a reading from John’s novel Paper Towns. Neil Gaiman read a sentence that began, “I decided that I would actually, literally suck donkey balls…” the crowd erupted in laughter. It was pretty amazing. (If you’re curious, the context was that the character would do such a thing if it would allow him to get out of government class.) Continue reading

Friday Links, 12/7/12

So…I dug up some Lisa Frank stuff when I went to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving.

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-Lesley takes on the ridiculousness of a Kickstarter project aimed at…ending discrimination toward thin people? She’s so much more coherent than I could be about something so WTF-inducing.
Get thin or die trying: you know, for your health! An important post about the intersection of fat shaming and disability.
-From the Fat Nutritionist: Stuff people assume I believe, vs. stuff I actually believe.
-I love seeing pictures of adorable, happy chubby couples!

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-An interview with Tracy Broxterman of Domino Dollhouse.
-How to take style inspiration from the Eleventh Doctor.
Really effing festive headgear: 10 oversized, sparkly ridiculous choices. Don’t read the comments if you don’t want to be subjected to a ton of judging, irrational fascinator-hatred, and general nastiness, though. It sucks how much some people just hate to see other people having fun with style.
A great response to the whole “leggings are not pants” bullshit.
-Check out Fourteen, a new line of ready-to-wear suits and accessories especially for  lesbian, queer, and trans weddings and events, in sizes 0-24.
Queer fashion guide to buying a stylish hat.

Unicorn carousel!

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You can stop saying “I’m not a feminist but” now. I highly recommend reading this, as well as pretty much everything Roxane Gay writes.
Why I’m not down with food stamp challenges.
Co-opting the co-op: what’s the real cost of homesteading’s new hipness?
-The hidden ways microfinance hurts women. This is just…unfortunate and depressing. It’s painful to find out that a movement that seems so positive and empowering can actually hurt women, especially without any suggestions on how to change it. I’m going to have to do more thinking and researching.
Living in the shadow of Iran: I just learned my grandmother’s name. This is beautiful.

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Friday Links, 11/23/12

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-The Fat Nutritionist has a lovely post of advice on dealing with the holidays.
It’s not because I’m fat.
This New Moon article about food and eating is amazing. I hope it reaches many, many girls.
The end of fat people: goodbye, Hostess.
-Lesley writes movingly about her preteen eating disordered years.
-A lovely piece–complete with adorable baby pictures!– by a mother who found that she could no longer hate her chin once she saw the same feature on her daughter.

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A new study shows that, despite the growing number of fatshion bloggers, mainstream companies have not responded by making more plus-size clothes. Although that’s disappointing, I agree with Nicolette Mason’s quote in the article. She says that the independent plus-size marketplace is thriving, and gives many examples of indie plus-size lines. Also, how cool is it that there’s a study called “Frustrated Fatshionistas: An Institutional Theory Perspective on Consumer Quests for Greater Choice in Mainstream Markets?”
-Threadless’ TARDamask shirt is back in stock! They only have a few sizes available (and unfortunately no Men’s 2XL, which should fit me according to the size chart), but if you wear one of those sizes, check it out.
These costumes are amazing.
-Who knew that Land’s End made some nice plus size clothing, including this lovely sequined skirt?
The real cost of your clothing.
Smart internet shopping for style lovers.
-This plus size Australian clothing swap sounds like so much fun!

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Tuesday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which should be a day of action for cisgender people.
-Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, is working on a film about inequality in the US. He’s amazing–I took a class with him in college, and he’s probably the best lecturer I’ve ever heard. He can make any concept understandable and fascinating, and he’s got a great sense of humor. The inequality in our society right now is a huge, huge issue, and I’m glad he’s trying to bring it to light. I highly recommend donating to his Kickstarter, or at least passing on the word.
-A must-read from Dahlia Lithwick: I didn’t come back to Jerusalem to be in a war.
Cliff mocks the latest issue of Cosmo, which is as ridiculous as usual.
-A beautiful story by an adopted transwoman whose Korean birth mother gave her the courage to transition.
-A great comic from The Oatmeal about creating things for a living.

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Friday Links, 10/12/12

Hedgehogs = cutest thing ever. Also, did you know that only one hedgehog has ever farted, and that’s how the universe began?

Buy anything from Kelsea’s Etsy shops through Oct 19th, and 100% of the revenue will be donated to the American Heart Association.
-A travel post involving a gorgeous pink cake and opulent decor.
-I don’t shop at Lululemon, because 1.) they don’t carry clothing above a size 12 and 2.) why pay $100 for yoga pants when you can get perfectly good ones for $30 at Target? But if I did, I would sure stop now, after reading these 12 creepy and disturbing facts about them. Blecchh. *reaches for the brain bleach*
-Matching book covers and bathing suits, plus size edition
-Wow…I will not be eating Cheerios again any time soon.
-Frances from Corpulent rocks a colorful, revealing costume while performing samba in front of a crowd. Huzzah for fat dancers!
What it means to be fat.

Is Dr. Who a religion? If my friends are any indication, yes.

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Friday Links 9/21/12

A pink petticoat on a rack at Artifaktori

-Heather from Fat Girl Posing posts a gorgeous photoshoot featuring a cupcake dress and headband. It pretty much sums up my aesthetic in a nutshell (cupcakeshell?).
How to shop for Native American fashion ethically and blissfully
-This is interesting, and complicated, and relates to a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about: Why I am dropping the business side of blogging: my truth about making money online
How to get candy-colored hair – some good advice in here. I so, so miss having pink hair.
-A beautiful open letter from a fat, trans son to his fat father
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