A month or so ago, Jules introduced me to 7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O’Brien because there’s an episode featuring Kristen Wiig, who we both love (and who grew up in Rochester, because we’re just cool like that here). After I watched Wiig’s episode, which is hilarious, I had to watch the rest. They’re all pretty funny, although my other favorites are Patricia Clarkson and Elijah Wood. Honestly, it just cracks me up every single time O’Brien uses the phrase “in the closet,” which he does kind of a lot, since he and his guests are, in fact, in the closet.
On a less funny note, Mark Bittmann had an interesting piece in yesterday’s NYT called “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?” There’s nothing there that will surprise anyone who knows anything about food, but reading what he had to say about raising up the next generation to have a better attitude toward food reinforced my efforts in this regard. All of us who work with children should care about this.
Related to this is an article that ran in the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine, “YA Fatphobia” by Kathryn Nolfi. I’ve had a note to write about it for quite some time, but I’ve been at kind of a loss for what to say. I appreciate Nolfi’s shining a light on a thorny issue, and her observations about the way authors poke fun at overweight characters are very worth reading. Her thoughts about Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, which I loved and recommend quite a lot, made me think about the book in a new light. I’m still not sure what to say about the article as a whole, and I don’t think I’ve changed my mind about loving Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I’m really not sure I agree with all of Nolfi’s points, either, but I keep mulling the whole thing over.
And here’s another one of my favorite TED Videos. Those videos are like potato chips, I swear.