What a weekend! Co-hosting SubDrift was a joy. Our South Asian sex ed salon on relationships was tough and tender. And during Jadoo & Jinns, our spooky storytelling pop-up, we interrogated how ghoulish and spine-chilling narratives can either enforce or disrupt systems of power. Onto some odds and ends:
- On intuition: "Suddenly at midlife, the gut instinct I had long relied on to make important life decisions left me." (Thank you for sharing this one, Saumya.)
- After his mother's death, Ahmed Ali Akbar's Abu was a pillar of consistency when it came to prayer. And then came the time where Abu could no longer fast during Ramadan. A tenderly written reflection on aging, faith, and family.
- The Chinese Jamaican music producers who helped turn reggae into a global sensation. A highly successful Christian theme park that plunged into scandal. I didn't think I would be so fascinated with this deep dive profile on the kid who invented flossing, but here we are. And oh, this one on Judge Judy, too.
- Fake legs and relating to one's cyborg body. Wayfair employees are walking out "to protest the company’s recent sales of furniture to a company involved in the government’s detention of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border." Lychee, empty stomachs, and encephalitis in India.
- As a host, I like having a stash of easy recipes that come together quickly when I'm short on time. Taking only twentyish minutes, these chocolate chip cookies fall into that category. They disappeared very quickly during the sex ed salon. I wouldn't forgo sprinkling coarse sea salt on top.
ps - This Sunday, come through the Queer Makers Market at Windy Films in East Boston. There's a gorgeous line-up of performances and vendors throughout the day, and I will be selling some new Radio Rani prints!
pps - Did you know you can donate your frequent flyer miles to get more lawyers to the border to help the children who are "detained"? Y'all know some desi consultants. I know you do. Send them that link.