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Awards season starts tonight and everyone is obsessed with Meryl Streep, so of course I had to see The Post. I live for watching movies about the media industry! Over the break, I finally saw State of Play. I also loved similar movies based on real stories, especially Obit (The New York Times) and Spotlight (The Boston Globe). In fact, one of my top professional highlights of 2017 was writing a tweet that was noticed by Kim Kardashian and then featured on the Boston Globe’s website.
The Post is about how Meryl Streep’s character Kay Graham, the first female newspaper publisher in America, handled the decision making process when her team at The Washington Post had the opportunity to publish the Pentagon Papers.
These papers were key because as one character points out, the U.S. government “knew we couldn’t win and still sent boys to die.” The movie explains how the classified documents went public while presenting the workplace drama that transpired at The Washington Post, as well as The New York Times and The White House.
If you’re passionate about politics and journalism, then this is a movie to strongly consider seeing.
5 years ago, I went to see Barenaked Ladies perform in London and I commented that it wasn’t as good as the concert I remembered in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.
Walking into Massey Hall last night, I wondered if my claim that it’s better to see them in Toronto would be true and Saturday’s show proved that I was right. I loved everything about it, except for the encore because they played 2 covers I didn’t enjoy.
Attending Social Media Week was a great experience. I got to hear people like Kirstine Stewart and Claudia Oshry AKA @girlwithnojob on Instagram. The session with Michael Landsberg stood out the most, as it made me think about not just social media, but what it means to be an influencer today. When I say influencer in this context, I mean it in the sense of being a powerful public figure that connects well with fans on a personal level. In today’s culture where everyone’s busy, 1:1 relationships with people you admire and respect can be rare, so that’s what I’d like to explore.
In 2009, Michael Landsberg interviewed an athlete named Stéphane Richerand and convinced him to acknowledge his experience with depression on-air. Once they both publicly confirmed they were dealing with mental health issues, emails started pouring into Michael’s inbox. People started confiding in Michael via email because they connected with him in the interview.
In the last few months, me and my mom have packed up almost all our belongings in our condo to prepare for major renovations. My dresser shelves are currently empty and it feels like my whole life is temporarily in boxes in our living room.
Of course the process is taking longer than expected. Redoing our whole kitchen meant being forced to eat out from the beginning of June until recently — almost 5 months!
For the first couple weeks or so, it was kind of fun. In the beginning, I had an excuse to go to my favourite restaurants every day, which seemed great. However, it soon became apparent that our go-to restaurants on weeknights depended on proximity and speedy service, which usually meant going to chain restaurants and diners. Weekends were a bit better because we had time to leisurely have brunch, like French toast over and over again, and all-you-can-eat sushi for dinner.
When you’re a kid, you dream of going out for meals all the time. When that lifestyle was forced upon us, it wasn’t as good as I once imagined. Eating out every night also meant that it was harder to have private conversations with my mom, which is no problem when we eat at home. During the week, I went to Tim Hortons every day for the sake of convenience and by the time they learned my order (medium iced coffee, please!), it was time to start eating breakfast at home again.
I’ve attended a couple great shows at Just for Laughs in Toronto, featuring Lena Dunham and Miranda Sings. I’m a huge fan of Jenny Slate’s acting chops, so I was thrilled to see she was part of the lineup for this year’s festival.
Yesterday I went to see a conversation with Jenny Slate at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and it was amazing. I knew I was going to like the event as soon as she said, “film sets are a lot like camp.”