Author: Wesley

I Was Busy Thinking ‘Bout Boys

I’m obsessed with the music video for Charli XCX’s new single “Boys.” A lot has already been written about how it “flips the male gaze on its head,” and you can find plenty of unofficial rankings of the 60 boys who appear in the video, and there’s even a “Boys” Snapchat filter, but I’d recommend you’d start by seeing the magic…

Talking and Listening at Tin House

Hello rad-ish readers! I’m at a writing workshop this week and since I’m up for a Book Club post, I thought I’d write about my first few days settling in here. Thanks for reading! –Wesley Hello from Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon! This is a weeklong writing workshop hosted at Reed College by indie publisher Tin House, featuring some crazy-good…

Book Slump

I’ve got a confession to make: I haven’t been reading. I’ve only been off the wagon for a week or so, but since I’m a firm believer in reading nearly every day (and writing nearly every day) it feels super weird to not be in a book. Also I’m a writer with a day job in publishing: I should be…

Kittens!

This might be the least artsy rad ish post ever, but my parents are fostering kittens and they are too cute!They’re the most important thing happening in my life these days (obviously) so I’m just going to let you look at them doing various kitten things. We’re also fostering the mom, so we get to watch precious domestic scenes like this… and sweet…

Five Road Trip Jams for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and you know what that means: beer on the beach, camping trips, barbecues or backpacking. If you’re loading your cooler into your car and hitting the road, you’ll need a sweet road trip soundtrack to get you going. Here are a few songs to get your playlist started.

How to Wing It: Cooking Black-Eyed Peas

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, the black-eyed pea. Actually a bean, these guys are packed with protein and fiber, as well as magnesium, iron, and calcium, and they taste awesome. I’m not trying to Columbus black-eyed peas: to people in the south and African American communities across the country these legumes are old news. But I know…

Camp Nanowrimo Sucked (and Made Me a Better Writer)

Stephen King said of writing, “Don’t wait for the muse. As I’ve said, he’s a hardheaded guy who’s not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering. This isn’t the Ouija board or the spirit-world we’re talking about here, but just another job like laying pipe or driving long-haul trucks,” and I believed him. I knew from past creative endeavors like…

Don’t Make Your Monsters Grow: What Power Rangers can Learn from Logan

[Note: this review includes some mild spoilers for the movies Logan and Power Rangers. You should just go see Logan.] Logan might be the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen. It’s the latest from the X-Men franchise, centered on Wolverine, the shit-talking, metal-clawed, quick-healing hero who goes by Logan when he’s not ripping people’s arms off. Now, I like action movies. Even when they’re…

Amazon Music is Free, Y’all

I am bad at saving money. I buy coffee way too many times a week and have been known to sign up for gym memberships and then barely use them. But I also hate services that automatically take money out of my bank account every month (which is why I’ll be using my parents’ Netflix account until I die–thanks, Mom!).…