Reading List: 🎵 Berries And Beans 🎶
Darlings! Happy Friday - I hope you’re able to log off at a decent hour today to embark on weekend adventures. And if you’re looking for a show to binge, might I suggest Stumptown, which stars Colbie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Michael Ealy (The Good Wife) and Jake Johnson, who played Nick Miller on New Girl, a character who has basically proven to be… my type? (Oy, dating is fun, y’all…)
Anyhoozle, I love this private detective show so much and was so bummed to find out it was cancelled because of the pandemic, so now I need you all to watch it and make noise on social media about bringing it back, because we need more woman-centered procedural shows, please, especially ones starring such an amazing cast.
TO THE LONGREADS!
Sam Schechner, Jeff Horwitz and Emily Glazer, How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Get America Vaccinated (The Wall Street Journal) - Oof. Have only read the first two paragraphs but… oof oof oof oof oof.
Thomas B. Edsall, Abortion Has Never Been Just About Abortion (The New York Times) - Interesting/demoralizing tour through the 1970s radicalization of the evangelical right around abortion, but not for any of the reasons you’re thinking.
Elena Kadvany, Rancho Gordo's coveted bean club has a secret perk: access to the 'happiest place on the internet' (San Francisco Chronicle) - Do I need to… join a bean club?!? Not that I can because their waiting list is in the tens of thousands, but since I’ve already signed my soon-to-be canine companion up for puppy kindergarten in the hopes of meeting fellow dog people, do I also need to join a magical bean club?!?! Out here looking for positive communities here, people! Major credit to this journalist for coining the phrase “leguminati”. And now I’m follow the bean company CEO on Twitter because he seems really nice…
Palmer Haasch, TikTok's fascination with the 'berries and cream' Starburst commercial has brought back the original 'Little Lad' (Insider) - I know we’ve got some MBMBAM fans AND some Tik Tok addicts out there in Missive land, so I think you’ll find this weird and wonderful story of how oldest brother Justin McElroy birthed a social media trend based on a weird decade-old ad created by a performance artist.
Colin Alexander, Interoffice (Shotgun Honey) - And if you only click on one thing from today’s Missive, let it be this: Friend of the Missive Colin wrote another excellent short story and y’all need to read it.
That’s it, that’s all. Drink that water, especially if you fasted yesterday, take five minutes to meditate today, and be kind to each other, won’t you?