HELLO and welcome to the 279th installment of Things I Read That I Love, wherein I share with you some of the longer-form journalism/essays I’ve read recently so that you can read them too and we can all know more about Brendan Fraser! This “column” is less feminist/queer focused than the rest of the site because when something is feminist/queer focused, I put it on the rest of the site. Here is where the other things are.
The title of this feature is inspired by the title of Emily Gould’s tumblr, Things I Ate That I Love.
Whatever Happened to Brendan Fraser?, by Zach Baron for GQ, February 2018
No day like today to check in on Brendan Fraser! Gods & Monsters used to be one of my favorite movies.
Bowel movement: the push to change the way you poo, by Alex Blasdel for The Guardian, November 2018
Look I’m not gonna talk about it but I did read it and it was interesting.
The Ghosts of Highway 20, by Noelle Crombie for The Oregonian, December 2018
The five-part story (with video, if you desire it) of John Ackroyd, a highway worker responsible for the murders of several women and girls in Oregon. It’s a really impressive collection of materials including a deep-dive into the methods employed throughout the two years of research that resulted in this story and a 71-page PDF that tells the story with footnotes and link to source material! Great reporting!
How One Man’s Quest to Spread Christmas Cheer Led to a Miserable Four-year War With His Neighborhood, by Daniel Walters for The Inlander, November 2018
This man is an idiot! And somehow he managed to bring his case before a jury of OTHER IDIOTS. I cannot. I read this story before bed and it kept me awake longer than the Oregon murder story I read the night prior before bed. The idea of Christians being under attack in this country is hilarious, please read this so you too can suffer as I have suffered.
Hags in Your Face, by Michelle Tea for The Believer, May 2018
The rise, and terrifying drug-related fall, of a San Francisco dyke gang who called themselves the HAGs.
More than the presence of a women-only bathhouse soaking with lesbians, more than the women’s bookstore selling Dorothy Allison novels and feminist newsletters, even more than the Bearded Lady, the dyke café that hosted late-night art events attended by Kathy Acker, the HAGS were evidence of the mad freedom to be found in San Francisco. The city was plagued by fag bashings and other antiqueer hate crimes, but if this was the place this group of magnificent and terrifying dykes thought best to call home, it was where I wanted to call home too.
The Sunburnt Country, by Madeleine Watts for The Believer, October 2018
On skin cells in trauma, the hole on the Ozone layer right over Australia, the White Australia policies, gold mining, the Gold Coast, the Coppertone girl, skin cancer, aging, and also just like… a lot of beautiful sentences. The Believer is a very reliable source for beautiful sentences.
Ambient Cruelty, by Linda Besner for Real Life Magazine, December 2018
A real deep think about consumer rating systems like Yelp and the in-app rating that happens on Taskrabbit and Uber and Ziosk. I’ve often felt grateful that my many years in the service industry took place prior to the advent of these practices. But this piece is also about subjectivity and the pleasure of saying something mean.
Distress Tolerance, by Kaveh Akbar for Medium, April 2018
On the long and winding road toward sobriety, the literary drinking tradition, blackouts and … it’s just really beautifully written, this piece.
The best $6,250 I ever spent: top surgery, by Danny Ortberg for Vox, December 2018
I mean you’ve maybe read this one already, we have linked to it elsewhere, but what if you haven’t? You should, it’s great.