Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:
Chris: The young poet Patricia Lockwood, who often commits her funniest textual sprees in the logographic asylum of Twitter, is one of my very favourite people on the Internet. Her neverending “sexts” series uses the most lizard-brained form of erotic communication as a platform for rampant surrealism and sinuous hookups between cultural detritus. (I’ve written a bunch of my own – she was one of the people who made me want to do weird comedy myself recently.) This clip below is the first time I’ve seen her reading her work, and I love how much her voice sounds like the one that’s cut off after two or three sentences, right down to explaining a mutual fixation, Animorphs. “Tweens, turning into animals, having powers.”
Carl: I’ve had a busy month and haven’t been keeping abreast of former Canadian Idol finalist Carly Rae Jepsen’s slow conquest of the world. I’d heard her stutter-step teasing hit “Call Me Maybe” a bunch of times, enjoyed the cute video, and thought little more of it. Luckily, my friend, the ever-keen-eared and expansive musical humanitarian Ann Powers, has been paying attention to the way that a pretty casual same-sex-crush joke in the video has turned the song into an improbable vehicle for guys on YouTube to kid around about their masculinity, in a way that seems like a signal that big parts of our culture are finally getting over the idea that homophobia is somehow the root and foundation of being a man. Ann’s post is also packed chockablock with links, so be prepared to lose 45 minutes or so in giddy (mostly) pleasure.
Likewise, even if you’re not a media person, this Tumblr about what being an editor is like a lot of the time is, as a friend said, “just a fantastic collection of gifs, under any circumstances.”
The Toronto Standard‘s out-of-nowhere ode to the singing saw was particularly endearing for recalling the brief halcyon period of James Anderson’s Singing Saw Shadow Show, one of the sweetest “why not?” atmospheric projects I’ve ever been lucky enough to witness from start to finish.
Evan Kindley has a piece in the LA Review of Books that very thoughtfully, actively and critically (if occasionally fannishly) engages with Jonathan Lethem’s new book about the Talking Heads’ Fear of Music in the 33 1/3 series. Along the way he asks some interesting questions about the album as a (dead?) form, about fandom and narcissism, and about Asperger’s Syndrome as an aesthetic but potentially also an ethics. (Conflict warning: I am briefly mentioned in this piece, but I don’t know Evan.)