I feel like I say this every week, but what a week, right? Probably the worst thing to ever happen happened this week, but then less than 24 hours later maybe the best thing to ever happen happened?
Who knows what tomorrow holds (I mean literally, talk about uncharted territory) but Saturday felt pretty excellent, right? I'm sure I don't need to post any links to signs or memes or video footage. Everyone has their favorite. (And also I've literally tweeted all of it.)
There are also plenty of great ways to donate and get involved. (Aside from of course every charity that needs it: Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, or any of the other many deserving charities of your choice.) Our First 100 Days is releasing a new song every day for the first 100 days of the new administration and you can subscribe to receive them all, with all the proceeds going to charity. Quasi (Your favorite band, of course. We've all heard "The Golden Egg") has also put out a fantastic charity record, Battle Hymns, featuring Mary Timony, Doug Martsch, Carl Newman, Corin Tucker, Stephen Malkmus, and so so so much more. And it's like an actually solid record, not just a random assortment of tracks.
You can also start the work of turning things around at a pretty ingenious new project: Swing Left. Type in your zip code and it will tell you where your closest GOP-controlled district in the House of Representatives is. Sign up and you'll get directly in touch with the opposition there. Saturday was just the beginning, after all. (And I hear that there might be another similar get together on April 15? Tax day, of course. Guess what that one will be about?)
Certainly the non-Saturday highlight of the week was the astonishing finale of The Good Place. For most of the season it's been one of those shows that are very good, and very smart, and very entertaining, but it doesn't really make you, you know, laugh. The finale didn't necessarily change that, but holy moly did it change everything else. You won't catch me spoiling it, but you will catch me starting the whole series over again with a brand new appreciation. (And yes, in a different context, it's much funnier.)
Michael Schur has often cited LOST as an inspiration, but I'd assumed that was just because every episode featured flashbacks and cliffhangers, not because the finale would offer such a jawdropping and gamechanging twist (that of course holds together, or, as Ben Wyatt would describe it, "Airtight"). I won't say any more, because I know not enough of you have seen it, but it's all on Hulu, so go forth and watch it all. It's now even more of an incredible statement on morality and what makes us good people.
This week in amazing comics I read too late to review, Giant Days #22. This is has long been one of my favorite comics. John Allison tells a consistently charming story about three female college students in England...somewhere. The series started with fantastic art from Lissa Treiman and I remember being kinda bummed when she moved on to greener pastures and Max Sarin came in to take over. Now, however, I've grown to more than appreciate Sarin's phenomenal cartooning chops and his ability to make me laugh out loud just from the art. (A difficult feat considering how funny a writer Allison is.) The comic is mostly self contained from issue to issue, so there's nothing to stop you from picking up the latest one, but fair warning, there's 21 more before you'll end up buying immediately.
I also reviewed a similarly fantastic comic this week, Star-Lord #2. Marvel, for all its problems these days, is still miraculously putting out several uncommonly great books, and Star-Lord is one of them.
Finally, we currently live in a time that's pretty well suited to watching some The West Wing. The West Wing Weekly is an essential companion. Josh "Will Bailey" Molina and Hrishikesh "Song Exploder" Hirway devote an episode to each episode, along fantastic real world politics and behind the scenes guests. They're currently about 2/3rds of the way through the second season. The reason I brought it up, though, is because they got Lin-Manuel Miranda to do this. You ain't gettin' Uncle Fluffy, motherfuckers.
WOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!
I'm not going into a deep dive this week. I've simply picked 12 amazing songs that Saturday's marches put me in the mind of. Cue them up and scroll through the like four billion photos and videos out there in case you feel like feeling good.
- "We Just Won't Be Defeated" by The Go! Team
- "Divine Hammer" by The Breeders
- "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore" by Lucy Dacus
- "6'1"" by Liz Phair
- "50 ft Queenie" by PJ Harvey
- "Babes Never Die" by Honeyblood
- "Seether" by Veruca Salt
- "Man" by Neko Case
- "Guys Like Me" by Aimee Mann
- "Punk Rock Girl" by that dog.
- "Hundreds and Thousands" by Swearin'
- "Sympathy" by Sleater-Kinney