LZ Sunday Paper Newsletter: The "There's No Free Launch" Edition

Dateline: 10/10/21

Dear Readers,

Long story short-- Facebook is not the only one with tech challenges this week. My relaunch, which was to be both an aesthetic brand refresh as well as a change of platform, is delayed by pesky "back end" issues. With too many hours spent not launching anything, here's what I do have time for-- to give you a short run-down of some content I've recently consumed. It ranges from must-watch/listen to give-it-a-try to, um, maybe  some you can make your own decision about...

Must-Listen: The Just Enough Family 8 Episodes is not enough for me to hear about the ins and outs of the richest family in New York City in the '70's and '80's.  'Succession' meets 'Big Little Lies' but with no mean people, murder or lying, just a coming-of-age + business transformation story along with tons of clothes-, shopping-, and closet-porn, all starring people who will "NOT not be rich."

Give-it-a-try: I kind of liked another New York Story, Only Murders In The Building. I adore Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez in this podcast-within-a-murder-mystery trifle. A comfortable mess.

I guess give it a try...?  Squid Game. Okay everyone in the world, literally, is watching Squid Game.  I am not watching Squid Game but you should. Hunger Games meets Parasite.

The Sopranos Prequel. Um. This was not of interest to me. But who am I to say? Or if I do say, there goes any potential collabs between me and David Chase. I just didn't understand how to connect with any of the characters. As a series I bet I would but as a 'movie' I couldn't get through to anyone. I was not invested. No hero, no anti-hero, just a vague curiosity and a lot of trying to remember who is playing the younger version of whom. Smart move to give young Uncle Junior the same glasses. That helped me. I'm not gonna say I didn't make it through to the end but... otoh, if we run into each other, don't ask me how it ended.
**Side note: Michael Gandolfini went to the same school as my kids. Yes, it was disarming to run into his father coming around a hallway with cupcakes in hand for a class breakfast. Same look holding the cupcakes in real life as it was holding a gun on tv.

Double um...Was anyone considering watching the new Clint Eastwood flick? Hello? Did everyone just click out of this email and start scrolling Instagram? Well for some reason I was. Because I keep waiting for Clint to be awesome-Clint again instead of treacly and paint-by-numbers-Clint. Well he's only 91 so we have time. I believe in you, mean squinty legend of the screen. Come back soon!
**Side note: Clint Eastwood -- I don't think you expect this next sentence -- greatly resembles my husband, or should we say that the other way around? So every time there's marketing for a new film of his (Clint's) there's a raft of comments. Friends, relatives, random people on the street. We don't know what to make of the fact, complimentary as it might be in terms of bone structure and general positive cragginess, since Clint is in fact 32 years older than my husband. We can leave it there.

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LZ

THE PIC(K) OF THE WEEK:

Wilma Mankiller: ‘She Stood Up and Had Something To Say’ via StoryCorps

WORLD PEACE:
Maria Ressa Is Only The 18th Woman To Win The Nobel Peace Prize In 120 Years via The New York Times

U.S.:
Maya Angelou Among Five Women To Be Honored On New U.S. Coins via The Root

ABORTION RIGHTS:
A Necessary Right: The Supreme Court and The Future Of Roe v. Wade via The New Yorker

Most Abortions Once Again Banned In Texas After Appeals Court Ruling via Slate

What History Teaches Us About Women Forced To Carry Unwanted Pregnancies To Term via Time

HEALTH & WELLNESS:
I Talked Wellness On National TV While My Girlfriend Abused Me At Home via Very Well Mind

A Do-It-Yourself IUD Removal Trend Is Either Macabre or Empowering, Depending On Who You Ask via Salon

Chronic UTI's Are Preventable via Ladyparts

JURISPRUDENCE:
What We Lost When We Lost Sandra Day O'Connor via The New York Times

THE ARTS, SCIENCE & POP CULTURE:
A Conflicted Portrait Of Linda Tripp In ‘Impeachment’ via The New Yorker

Rachel Lindsay Has No Roses Left To Burn via Vulture

The Appeal and The Shortcomings Of Women-Only Gyms via Vox

With Reproductive Rights Under Siege In America, A New York Group Show Aims To Make A Difference via ARTNews

Female Cleaner Fish Can Judge When To Cheat Without Getting Caught via New Scientist

ICYMI:
What The Heck Are All These 'Bad Art Friend' and Kidney Memes About? via The MarySue

STORY OF MY LIFE:
This Is Your Kid’s School and Even Though The Emergency Form Lists Your Husband We Need You, The Mom via McSweeney’s

TRIBUTE:
Sissy Farenthold Was A Melancholy Rebel via Texas Monthly

The Life And Career Of Mary Emma Woolley, One Of Brown University's First Female Graduates via The Brown Daily Herald

AND WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT...?

Emma Allen Is Redefining What A New Yorker Cartoon Can Be via The Washington Post