This is Issue 76.2 of Digestable, your thrice-weekly mouthful of things happening in the world.
Today’s news, fermented:
It’s been a pretty un-digestable week over here, so I humbly present you with some pickles.
DJ toMoR0’s low-key Music Show
Some surprises came into my life this week. I thought I’d carved out a safe little routine for myself, which included kind of hating my routine. But it was reliable, and I knew I could make it through my day (I’m sure that’s not at *all* relatable -_-).
Enter: two humans most dear to me, calling me the night before they’d be passing through my city, on their way by bike from Maine to California. They wind up crashing headfirst into my “routine,” making me realize I’m not comfortable with not satisfying my deeper, more spirit-oriented needs. My friends are using mostly their intuition, paper maps, and the kindness of strangers who get folded into their adventures to find their route...in other words, they’re following their guts. In navigating life with them, while they rest here before their next leg of biking, I’ve started to get back in tune with my intuition, and it’s like returning to a melody you’ve known forever.
This is how Amber Mark’s new song What It Is made its way into my world, on the precipice of change and asking myself what I need to feel whole. I hope that it offers you a chance to shake it out, get curious about what’s not working, and allow those you love to help you listen to your inner voice.
Pairs well with Big Thief’s Change, another guide in sitting with discomfort, in this case of death and darkness and loss, and learning to accept it. While everything around us changes, do I hold fast to my routine or allow it to flow? “Would you live forever and never die / While everything around passes? / Would you smile forever and never cry?”
Around the time you’re reading this, I’ll be biking my friends out of town as they head into an adventure unknown. I’m grateful for their inspiration in writing today’s entry in my DJ journey, and if you want to follow their own journey, you can read their blog, learn more here, and donate to their fundraiser supporting the Happy Kids Center in Bhaktapur, Nepal, where both bikers lived and worked over the years. Blessings on all your journeys, friends.
Brought to you by the superb Latifah Azlan.
I know, I know -- I've been a little inconsistent with this column and you miss the goss. So here's some quick bullet point hits of what's been going down in the world of celebrities this week!
1. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly in British GQ
Earlier this week, British GQ released their cover story on "Hollywood's latest power couple," rapper Machine Gun Kelly and actress Megan Fox. The pair have really been everywhere the last couple of months, gracing red carpets and making the paparazzi work for their paychecks every weekend. And now, they've sat down with the magazine to go into detail about their relationship, from their first texts to taking mushrooms together and searching for a sacred Banyan tree in Bora Bora. And here are some insights from the couple that have been widely discussed this week:
People are kind of dunking on the pair for the strong "Hot Topic lovers" energy they've brought to this interview and I too certainly cringed when I first read this article, but I also think it's wholly consistent with their brand. They've always moved with a certain je ne se quois that can only be described as "peak Tumblr kids start dating their online friend after 6 months of reblogging each other's content." And I for one look forward to more of Megan and Machine's metaphysical musings of their love.
After a six year hiatus, British superstar Adele is getting ready to release her fourth studio album, 30. She released the first single, "Easy On Me," last night and as expected, it's got me -- and everyone else -- thinking about the imaginary divorce papers we've drawn up against our not-at-all ain't shit partners.
I wasn't the biggest fan of Adele's last studio album, 25, as much as I was of 21 and 19. But "Easy On Me" has really unexpectedly hit me deep in my soul and it did not take long for the tears to flow. In an Instagram post, Adele mentioned that writing this album was her "ride or die" during the most turbulent time of her life -- that being her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki. And if the first single has already got me in tatters on the floor, I just know the rest of the album is going to make me want to break up with my partner for 24 hours just so i can really, truly immerse myself in her pain. I CAN'T WAIT.