Weekly Culture Roundup: Cool Mom Hangs, Jenny Slate, and Summer Silence

Weekly Culture Roundup: Cool Mom Hangs, Jenny Slate, and Summer Silence

Guess what got me happy this morning?  Seeing pics of Beyonce and Solange and Missy Elliot and Bjork (you go, Bjork!) all hanging out and supporting each other, like cool moms do, at FYF Fest in LA.  Apparently, the MME and Bjork thing goes way back.   

 Oh no, where's Bjork?  Maybe she's TAKING this pic!

Oh no, where's Bjork?  Maybe she's TAKING this pic!

A little FYI:   MME has a new single, "I'm Better," about being sick for the last 20 years! with Graves disease.  

Last March, Bjork came out with a new album, Vulnicura (you can stream it for free with Amazon Prime), which is beautiful and sad (it's about her recent divorce from artist-husband Matthew Barney).  Critics have been saying it sounds a bit like Vespertine, which, in case you forgot, brought you to tears, mom.  Remember this breathtaking moment?

Or gosh, THIS ONE?  Happy to have these great ladies back in full force!

So, Jenny Slate (Marcel the Shell, Girls, etc) totally read this post and took my advice about 1. taking your TIME in the bathroom and 2. lotioning.  I loved this Vogue piece about her, called "Landline's Jenny Slate gets Serious on the Importance of Bath Time."

 From Vogue.  Check out that "millennial pink" tile!

From Vogue.  Check out that "millennial pink" tile!

She has other, more literary, reasons than mine for insisting on a daily bath:

I remember reading The Odyssey as a middle schooler. Odysseus is always getting rubbed down with olive oil and rosemary by the daughters of the kings he visits. I became obsessed with anointing myself with herbs and oils, like a queen from a myth
— Jenny Slate, Vogue

And if she wasn't cute enough, how about her morning affirmations?  

I repeat—sometimes out loud but mostly in my head—“I’m fresh and I’m new” at the start of every day. It never gets old. It’s a perfect lovely secret for only me to have. My grooming routine is filled with delightful, intentional little things I’ve done to myself that say ‘I’m precious’ and ‘I’m sweet’ and ‘I’m very, very sharp.’
— Jenny Slate, Vogue

Do you believe that?  I highly recommend reading the whole interview if you want tips on her fave bath products and clothing brand, Day Space Night. It's all meant to promote her new movie, Landline, which is about a dysfunctional family living in the 90s in New York.  The two main characters, Dana (played by Slate) and Ali (played by Abby Quinn) are sisters who don't get along.  

 Dana (Jenny Slate) and Ali (Abby Quinn) in   Landline, 

Dana (Jenny Slate) and Ali (Abby Quinn) in  Landline, 

According to Slate, the wardrobe choices for Dana and Ali reflect their age difference and maturity.  

The way Ali looks, which is a hybrid of grunge and what will soon be known as the Delia’s catalog, is more progressive; Dana is dressing like Helen Hunt in Mad About You or Rita Wilson in Sleepless in Seattle. She’s dressing like a mature, working woman.
— Jenny Slate, Vogue

She had me at Delia's!  I did some sleuthing and found out that Delia's is still in the biz.  Unfortunately they got rid of their 1996 inventory and , darn it, 2017 Delia's isn't good.  

 From Delia's Summer '96 catalog (via Buzzfeed)

From Delia's Summer '96 catalog (via Buzzfeed)

Or, perhaps, 2017 me is just more of a "mature, working woman."  

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Finally... Odysseus was pretty good at self-care, says Jenny Slate and Michael McGirr, of the NYTimes.  

The hero of “The Odyssey” returns to Ithaca after 20 restless years to find his bed. He won’t tell his story until he has paid off his debt to sleep.
— NYTimes, "The Glory of a Summer Sleep" by MIchael McGirr

I loved this piece about approaching vacation as a form of sleep and, in turn, silence.  

The word “vacation”... means emptiness or vacancy, an idea that many people find so frightening that their vacation schedules seem more exhausting than their actual work. But these people will miss out on the deeper engagement with oneself that a vacation can allow, away from the props of status and career.

There are worse things to do than nothing.
— NYTimes, "The Glory of a Summer Sleep" by Michael McGirr

And I'll leave you with Louis CK's ACTIVE approach (hint: he won't buy them cell phones) to ensuring his kids do nothing, and experience silence (and loneliness too), once in a while.  

Wishing you profoundly happy moments this week, mom.  

Stay "precious, sweet, and very very sharp."

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