38Posted: February 9, 2016
This afternoon I watched part of the reunion special of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I don’t watch the series, so it was a little bit anthropological experiment–to see how the form is set despite the region/series. We do watch a couple of the other Housewives, I am not a person who pretends to not like TV. Or to only watch “good” TV. It was really interesting to hear them process things that had happened that I didn’t know anything about. Fights that I didn’t have any dogs in. Then I got in a Wikipedia k-hole about Theresa and Joe Giudice and the prisons that he may or may not spend time in, and actually he’s not a citizen and so he might be deported. Then you can get into a spiral of reading about prisons and prison populations and then you can get into looking at prisons on Google Earth and that is a good way to spend three or five hours of a supposed-to-be-snowy afternoon.
My friend Alex Chee read from his newly released and long-awaited novel, The Queen of the Night, at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO. Sunil Yapa was also on the bill, with his debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. I met Alex, or something like met–met via email–many years ago after I wrote him a fan letter after finishing his first novel Edinburgh, which everyone should read immediately. And now we have been friends for years. I am so happy that this second novel is finally out in the world, where everyone can enjoy it.
Then I made a leek and cheddar frittata for dinner, and we’re watching an episode of Cook’s Country where they are making tamales. This reminded me of the frozen tamales that I have in the freezer–duck confit in the middles–that Cory and I made back in December together at his house. A Tuesday in February seems like the perfect time to eat them.