By total accident, I’ve managed to see some theater more than once since the beginning of the year. A friend got me in to The Holler Sessions, a one-man show about loving and discovering jazz. It has such a good ending, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who might still get a chance to see it, but it had me thinking a lot about radio waves and passion projects and learning how to listen to a language I certainly mostly take for granted. I lean more toward big band and blues if we’re talking earlier 20th-century music, but it’s such a gift to be taught and suddenly understand a pervasive thing you’ve really overlooked.
- 99 Percent Invisible is constantly blowing my mind about the pervasiveness and importance of design. Their latest episode, “Best Enjoyed By,” completely upended my understanding of sell-by dates and their effects.
- New York magazine’s “Beginners” series is new to me, but I’m loving the archive. Dita Von Teese, Jon Favreau (no, not that one), Coney Island hotdog champ Joey Chestnut — just, huh. Good stuff.
- Charlotte Geater always has great thoughts on pop culture and fandom. Her recent series of tweets on Daredevil and torture has been on my mind, and I’m glad someone Storified them.
- “What Being a Flight Attendant Taught Me About Human Trafficking” is a must-read from Mashable.
- This is 100% my favorite weird story from Facebook this week: “This guy got Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old phone number — and now he gets his raunchy texts.”