When Power (with a capital “P”) is misdirected, things don’t always go so well. But when channeled correctly, Power can change the world. Let’s use our powers for good this weekend.
Gone Girl the Movie
I have never read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which is one of those books you don’t want to tell people you’ve never read, because then you have to hear all about how amazing it is. But now that it’s also a movie — one that’s getting good critical buzz — I feel relieved.
Opening today, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It was adapted for the screen by Flynn, who made writing the screenplay part of the deal when the film rights were optioned. (Hail to the power of negotiation.) This agreement has paid off for the author — Flynn is now writing for director David Fincher’s new HBO series Utopia. We’ll take a wider reach for a woman in Hollywood any day.
If you like thrillers of the real-life variety, Serial, a podcast from the creators of This American Life, debuted today at 10 a.m. Host Sarah Koenig — a TAL producer and frequent co-host — will follow the true story of the 1999 murder of Baltimore teenager Hae Min Lee over the course of the season, and she won’t know what happens at the end until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. You can tune in on the website or subscribe via iTunes and listen in at your leisure.
Prince released two new albums this week, Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum. The latter features the all-female power trio 3rdEyeGirl. If you like your power a little slower and grittier, Lucinda Williams’s new release, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, is worth a spin.
Meanwhile, Maura Johnston says that Charli XCX’s live show is unmissable, and I’m always one to follow her suggestion. Charli scooted past me in D.C. this past week, but you can catch her in Philly tonight, Boston tomorrow, and New York on Tuesday. She then hits several other cities before landing in California at the end of the month.
Light a Candle
Not all higher powers are of the big-man-in-the-sky variety. Some are our earthly examples of what’s right, possible, or true — even people just like us who did extraordinary things, whose fairy dust we might like to rub off on us just a little bit.
I’ve been feeling that way about words lately. I need some, more and better, so when I saw these Secular Saint Candles by the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild in a local shop, I knew the Virginia Woolf candle was coming home with me. “O, Saint Virginia…help us extirpate the patriarchy that we may buy the flowers ourselves. We ask this consciously, self-consciously, and stream-of-consciously, Amen.”
See? Couldn’t help it. Whether it’s patron saint of feminism Betty Friedan, original selfie master Frida Kahlo, or even Freud if you’re feeling dreamy, there is a candle to get you through the next deadline, relationship talk or a long night waiting — and praying — for your favorite female politician to win the race.
I’m lighting mine tonight — and queuing up Gilmore Girls, newly available on Netflix. May we all have multi-faceted, powerful weekends.