Weekender Picks

Joan Didion rejected The Weekender’s request to interview her earlier this week. Her publicist did, anyway. So it looks like the rumor I once heard that Didion lived at Tri-Delt as a Berkeley undergrad will remain hearsay. To understand what a bummer this is, read one of my favorite pieces by the author, Why I Write.

She writes, “During the years when I was an undergraduate at Berkeley I tried, with a kind of hopeless late-adolescent energy, to buy some temporary visa into the world of ideas, to forge for myself a mind that could deal with the abstract. In short I tried to think. I failed.”

Read the whole essay here.


— Libby Rainey


Frannie Kelley interviewed El-P and Killer Mike, the rap duo comprising Run The Jewels, for NPR’s Microphone Check this week. Conversation topics ranged from perceived misogyny, nostalgia for the past and how their music is bringing people together. Killer Mike weighed in on where the giddiness and aggression in his music stems from:

“As a black boy, growing up, being aggressive is dangerous. And one of the only places it was safe for me to be aggressive growing up was in rap music. You know? And because of that, I needed that outlet. It gave it to me. So whether it’s my friend who is training for the NFL or me who was just knocking around needing to get some aggression out — cause I was in a house full of sisters, oh my god, and they’d kill me if I yelled at them — I needed an outlet. And I think Run The Jewels provides regular people with an opportunity to get that out. People leave, go to lunch break, listen to Run The Jewels, come back and don’t kill their boss.”

Listen or read the full interview here.


— Anya Schultz


If you haven’t already, take a spin through Dave Egger’s latest piece fiction in The New Yorker. It’s a delightful piece about being drunk, magic and Alaska.


-Curan Mehra


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