no chairs for the aged

Stop what you’re doing and go watch Deidra & Laney Rob a Train on Netflix. Just stop and do it now. You’ll thank me after. This movie was so much fun. I don’t even know where to begin. Funny, touching, clever, socially responsible…this is the best family movie night pick we’ve had in a long time. Go watch it.

My wife and I watched Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place last night, because the small town we live in is basically Peyton Place, except we don’t have a ski resort. The films were highly melodramatic, but still fun, and Return has a small role for Tuesday Weld, and, as we all know, I would watch Tuesday Weld do her taxes. Return‘s final town hall meeting scene brought up a lot of points those of us trying to do new things in an old town have run up against.

I listened to the first two Oasis albums this week–Definitely Maybe and What’s the Story, Morning Glory? I absolutely adored Oasis for a couple years as a teenager, and was a bit disappointed to find the albums hadn’t held up the way I’d hoped. There’s still some nostalgia there, but I’m not sure what I and everyone else was hearing in this band 20+ years ago.

I read Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s Beating the Graves from University of Nebraska Press’s African Poetry Book Series this week. It was a lovely collection, if a bit inconsistent. Look for a review on this blog in the coming month. I also read the zine POPs: Parents on Parenting #1, which looked at unconventional parents and families. I’ll be reviewing that as well.

This week on the blog I reviewed Rachel Bell’s poetry chapbook Welcome to Your New Life with You Being Happy and Franki Elliot’s poetry book Piano Rats, and wrote about my obsession with Lupe Vélez.

I’ll have a few articles being published out and about in the coming week, including a review of Güera by Rebecca Gaydos for The Collagist and some beer-related articles for PorchDrinking and Indiana on Tap, so keep your eyes open on social media for those.


The title is taken from a line of Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s poem “Document for U.S. Citizens Who Have Never Applied for a Visa and Have Had It Up to Here with Those Loud Aliens Who Go On and On about Some Letter.”

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