In this month’s newsletter: apologies to Walt Whitman, salty broads, and my favorite things.
Few things are better than starting your day at the Loveless Cafe near Nashville, Tennessee.
In a Rented Minivan and Lighthearted we Took to the Open Road
I'm not sure we realized how much we needed to put miles between ourselves and our home, laptops, and increasingly codependent dogs until somewhere near the Texas/Arkansas state line. We fell in love while road-tripping in 1995 and I'd forgotten what good road trippers we are. We've been on shorter road trips since living in Texas, but there is nothing like 3,500 miles of windshield time to reconnect and refresh.
Modern Art in a Historic Old Town
This mural on a residential home in downtown Strasburg, Virginia was created by artists Kenley Darling and Scott Chasse, who call themselves Signature Unknown.
Both artists have their individual pursuits but under the moniker Signature Unknown, they share their love for folk art with modern aesthetics.
Check out the other murals in downtown Strasburg here
I first heard of Strasburg when I subscribed to Kook Koo News, a children's newspaper created by three Strasburg artists. One of the artists was a good friend of my boss where I slung tacos in Washington, DC. The newspaper thrived for 15 years. I was attracted to the fact that the articles, artwork, and advertising were done by kids. One of my favorite memories of the paper was an ad for Hotel Strasburg with a snoozing stick figure in a bed with all the z's in a word bubble.
I still dream of starting a similar publication in Elgin.
Jean Smart is having a moment. If you're not watching Hacks on HBO Max you need to remedy that tout-de-suite. Jean Smart's bombastic, take no sh*t from anyone portrayal of comedian Debra Vance is spectacular. I wanna be her. I'm serious.
Hannah Einbinder either drew the short or long straw to snag the role of Ava, a young comedy writer hired to make Vance's act more relatable to a younger audience. I say this because she has the herculean task of keeping up with Smart's comic delivery, which cannot be easy. Their chemistry is what makes this show tick.
Smart is equally amazing on Mare of Easttown playing Kate Winslet's character Mare's mother.
Hacks contains a lot of peppery language, as does this trailer.
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Los Angeles Public Library kicked off their AAPI Heritage Month celebration with a tweet, "Don't Mess with the Linda Lindas." Watch this videofor proof that punk is not dead, she's doing her math homework.