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Chicago Story Collection Day w VideoOut

Chicago Story Collection Day is on and I’m thrilled to announce that my film production company, Strangewaze is the city host for NYC-based startup, VideoOut, to bring the event to Chicago, on January 15, 2017 at The Center on Halsted from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Chicago Story Collection Day will consist of a day-long effort to […]

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Thank you to students and a very awesome professor at Harold Washington College for a very thoughtful discussion today about media literacy, popular narratives, and credible sources. (Made sure to seek out the student-run paper, because journalism, and when I found it, “Chicago wears condoms” condoms were sitting atop.) 👍
Thank you to students and a very awesome professor at Harold Washington College for a very thoughtful discussion today about media literacy, popular narratives, and credible sources. (Made sure to seek out the student-run paper, because journalism, and when I found it, “Chicago wears condoms” condoms were sitting atop.) 👍
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Opening Monologue: The New Year Show

The following is a transcript of the opening monologue I do at the top of each show on WGN Radio. My show, the Saturday Night Special, is a single-topic program on which I discuss one topic all night. This week, I said goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

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#digdeepyogis day 27: today’s prompt: share poetry —> ohhh I love poetry; this is difficult to narrow, but here are three lines that struck when I first read them —> Celia Dropkin: “my hands, two little bits of my body I’m never ashamed to show” (oof) —> Adrienne Rich: “I am an instrument in the shape of a woman, trying to translate pulsations into images for the relief of my body and the reconstruction of my mind.” —> finally, the final line from Farough Farrokhzad’s “Call to Arms”: “...her words are the truth, in which cause she will never shed tears out of weakness.” —> here: Utkata Konasana (goddess pose or fiery angles pose) with forward fold variation, a long-held pose that’s good for balance, to strengthen feet, ankles, legs, and booty, help sciatica, and is said to encourage radical honesty and nonconformity. #365feministselfie #yogaeverydamnday
#digdeepyogis day 27: today’s prompt: share poetry —> ohhh I love poetry; this is difficult to narrow, but here are three lines that struck when I first read them —> Celia Dropkin: “my hands, two little bits of my body I’m never ashamed to show” (oof) —> Adrienne Rich: “I am an instrument in the shape of a woman, trying to translate pulsations into images for the relief of my body and the reconstruction of my mind.” —> finally, the final line from Farough Farrokhzad’s “Call to Arms”: “...her words are the truth, in which cause she will never shed tears out of weakness.” —> here: Utkata Konasana (goddess pose or fiery angles pose) with forward fold variation, a long-held pose that’s good for balance, to strengthen feet, ankles, legs, and booty, help sciatica, and is said to encourage radical honesty and nonconformity. #365feministselfie #yogaeverydamnday
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Ideas for Political Engagement

With less than 40 days to go before the 2016 presidential election, political engagement largely reduced to fighting with relatives on Facebook, and in honor of the new show I’ve just launched with Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke, “Guth and Huppke on Politics,” here are 71 ideas for things you can do to make a difference, move […]

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Beginning of a watercolor commission I’m doing and about which I said at least 50 times I can’t be responsible if it turns out to mean something nonsensical like “strawberry foot mouth!” or whatevs bc I don’t know beyond the paper handed to me but it is alleged to be a true love-fetching charm character so may it fetch true love or true strawberry foot mouth for everyone like whoa
Beginning of a watercolor commission I’m doing and about which I said at least 50 times I can’t be responsible if it turns out to mean something nonsensical like “strawberry foot mouth!” or whatevs bc I don’t know beyond the paper handed to me but it is alleged to be a true love-fetching charm character so may it fetch true love or true strawberry foot mouth for everyone like whoa
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WGN Radio summer reading list

For the summer edition of my WGN Radio bookclub show, I gathered Jacob Knabb and Lindsay Muscato to talk about books, publishing and live lit in Chicago– because all of those things are blissfully plentiful in Chicago, despite what the coasts might have us believe about second city-hood. In any case, as I promised on […]

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I’m not saying this algae and clay thing is not “nourishing and purifying” my skin, nor am I saying that aqua isn’t my color, but the fact remains that it is also squishing my mouth shut as it dries so I’m on the fence about this qualifying as self-care  #365feministselfie
I’m not saying this algae and clay thing is not “nourishing and purifying” my skin, nor am I saying that aqua isn’t my color, but the fact remains that it is also squishing my mouth shut as it dries so I’m on the fence about this qualifying as self-care #365feministselfie
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The South African adventure: Jozi to Cape Town

I’m so in love and awe with the group convened in Johannesburg, and say that without exaggeration. The group (the reason I was beckoned here in the first place) was made up of brilliant minds from around Africa, South Asia, primarily, and each does such important work to address such large issues in the world, puts so […]

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#digdeepyogis day 26: my dudes, the directions for today are “post a photo and write about it” so —> this is baby grasshopper pose, a new variation of the full grasshopper or dragonfly pose, but since it’s a contemporary pose, it doesn’t have a Sanskrit name because Sanskrit. It feels like an amazingly good stretch through the hips and lower back and back of legs, and it’s also another in a series of my foot being cut out of frame; I do what I can w my 10-sec photo timer. In any case, the modern poses feel rebellious, and this one strengthens hips and core and is said to be a posture of fortifying self-esteem and confidence so in the words of the great Troy McClure: “get confident, stupid!” #yogaeverydamnday #365feministselfie
#digdeepyogis day 26: my dudes, the directions for today are “post a photo and write about it” so —> this is baby grasshopper pose, a new variation of the full grasshopper or dragonfly pose, but since it’s a contemporary pose, it doesn’t have a Sanskrit name because Sanskrit. It feels like an amazingly good stretch through the hips and lower back and back of legs, and it’s also another in a series of my foot being cut out of frame; I do what I can w my 10-sec photo timer. In any case, the modern poses feel rebellious, and this one strengthens hips and core and is said to be a posture of fortifying self-esteem and confidence so in the words of the great Troy McClure: “get confident, stupid!” #yogaeverydamnday #365feministselfie
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The South African adventure: Dakar to Johannesburg

DAKAR, SENEGAL– Most of the passengers on the flight from DC to Dakar left the plane, leaving only a handful of us who were continuing on to Johannesburg. I was feeling fucked up by time zones by that point, but was determined to power through. I made myself stop doing the math to consider what […]

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The South African adventure: Chicago to Dakar

CHICAGO– I’ve been working on my air travel anxiety. I can’t stand being enslaved to fears or phobias, and while I haven’t let said air travel anxiety stop me from doing anything, per se, I also really wanted to bust through that and open it all up to perhaps even unseen possibilities. There were milestones in […]

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Scenes from a gathering of printmakers in a rad Pilsen gallery that used to be a funeral home
Scenes from a gathering of printmakers in a rad Pilsen gallery that used to be a funeral home
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David Bowie tribute and a word about who is allowed to grieve for dead rock stars

“Ashes to Ashes” was the first song I thought to post as a David Bowie tribute this morning,

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#digdeepyogis Day 25: what’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done? —> Besides, say, doing yoga before a mural the other night in cocktail attire (high on nothing but life, mind you)? Perhaps jumping out of a plane from nearly 3 miles above? Or, into a frozen lake for a good cause? Doing a marathon? Quitting a big job to strike out on my own? Rushing the stage in the riot grrrl era? Punching *tha hell* out of a would-be purse-snatcher? Throwing a birthday party *in my thirties* that ppl still talk about? Dyeing my hair magenta? Getting a bunch of tattoos? Dealer’s choice, kittens. I’m no passive participant, here. —> Salabhasana, or locust/grasshopper pose, is a long-held backbend centered on the belly and pelvis with feet and arms lifted up off the ground; it strengthens the back of the torso, the spine, and is said to improve endurance and stamina. Which I’ll need, as I plan to keep adding to this list for a long time. #yogaanywhere #yogaeverydamnday (Photos: @jessicareiphoto)
#digdeepyogis Day 25: what’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done? —> Besides, say, doing yoga before a mural the other night in cocktail attire (high on nothing but life, mind you)? Perhaps jumping out of a plane from nearly 3 miles above? Or, into a frozen lake for a good cause? Doing a marathon? Quitting a big job to strike out on my own? Rushing the stage in the riot grrrl era? Punching *tha hell* out of a would-be purse-snatcher? Throwing a birthday party *in my thirties* that ppl still talk about? Dyeing my hair magenta? Getting a bunch of tattoos? Dealer’s choice, kittens. I’m no passive participant, here. —> Salabhasana, or locust/grasshopper pose, is a long-held backbend centered on the belly and pelvis with feet and arms lifted up off the ground; it strengthens the back of the torso, the spine, and is said to improve endurance and stamina. Which I’ll need, as I plan to keep adding to this list for a long time. #yogaanywhere #yogaeverydamnday (Photos: @jessicareiphoto)