Year: 2017

TueNight 10: Jessica Kringle (a.k.a. Mrs. Claus)

1. On the nightstand: Holding Down the Fort: Help and Encouragement for Wives Whose Husbands Travel; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; Anything by Liane Moriarty 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Reindeer games. 3. Jam of the minute: Well, I just love the new Gwen Stefani Christmas album and this duet with Blake Shelton, heavens they are cute! Reminds me of me and Kris back in the day. 4. Thing I miss: When the elves didn’t have iPhones. 5. 80’s crush: Heatmiser or Snowmeiser, take your pick. 6. Current crush: Kris of course. 7. Will whine about: Those elves! 8. Will wine about: Eggnog. 9. Best thing that happened yesterday: Donning my apron, baking gingerbread cookies while singing carols. 10. Looking forward to: December 26th.

TueNight 10: Elizabeth Bougerol

A few years ago, Elizabeth Bougerol downed two stiff drinks and ventured out to a jazz jam she’d heard about nearby. There, she sang (something she’d mostly only done in the shower) and met a piano player who shared her love of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles. Today, the band they created out of a mission to spread the joy of traditional jazz is doing just that. Their debut album, “The Hot Sardines,” spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, and their latest, “French Fries + Champagne,” hit no. 1 at iTunes Jazz, landing them at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Festival in Japan, and a few hundred points in-between. Right now she’s prepping a live album, gearing up for 50+ tour dates, and working on a project celebrating the France-America love affair through jazz, slated for next fall. She’s also readying another installment of Ladies First, the NYC dance party/“celebration of badass women musicians”/Planned Parenthood fundraiser she created last year with the skint, the newsletter she co-founded. And she’s …

TueNight 10: Geeta Dalal

At 42, Geeta Dalal is both a bona fide, badass rock and roller AND a stay-at-home Mom. Full disclosure, she and Margit were in the fierce but short-lived ’90s rock band Rockula together. After roughly 13 years off from performing, writing about music and producing content for public radio, Geeta couldn’t resist returning to her axe (and not just any axe: she plays a custom-made checkerboard double-neck 24 string guitar). She now helms the Philly-based RunHideFight. She says, “I actually wrote and recorded a demo in my kids’ playroom. The kids are old enough now that I can take some time to myself. It’s like I’m 17 again, with green hair and playing shows; except this time nature has conveniently bleached my hair for me.” Listen to RunHideFight’s addictive, garage rock goodness while you read Geeta’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein; Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas — thank God there’s finally a kids book out there for my lil’ Hin-Jew homeys! 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Seeking the perfect guitar tone; which causes a dangerous wallet …

TueNight 10: Marcelle Karp

Marcelle Karp kept true to form at our TueNight Live: SWAP back in April, when she told a room full of people that, at age 52, she’d had sex with a 25 year old in a stairwell. As the co-creator of BUST, Marcelle was at the forefront of Third Wave Feminism, touting her vibrator and encouraging women to have agency over their sexual lives. Now, she blogs at barbmagazine.com, the site she found in 2016, staying on message: have sex, have the kind of sex you want to have. She’s the mother of the comic Ruby Karp, who just published her feminist tome, Earth Hates Me and also produces and hosts the monthly stand up show, We Hope You Have Fun, at UCB EAST. #proudmama 1. On the nightstand: Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Heard him on NPR. Another sign that I’m happily middle-aged. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Look, I’m just not going to stop listening to Pavement. 3. Jam of the minute: Pod Save America. 4. Thing I miss: Brownies on Avenue A. 5. 80’s crush: Springsteen. 6. Current crush: Rocky, my pug. 7. Will whine about: How people don’t return …

TueNight 10: Hitha Herzog

A powerhouse retail analyst and journalist, Hitha Herzog knows how to shop and spend — she runs her own retail and consumer spending research firm and is a regular retail analyst for MSNBC, ABC News and Fox Business. She’s also executive producer and conservative counterpart to co-host Liz Plank on the podcast Divided States of Women.  Not easy to pigeonhole, Hitha wrote for TueNight about being a Fox News Feminist and her marital issues with money in He Said/ She Said with husband, comedian Seth Herzog. Hitha’s spending philosophy?  “Abundance, not scarcity. Meaning: don’t limit your life, just spend within your means”  Preach! 1. On the nightstand: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike, Phil Knight; gratitude journal; iPhone and iPad. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Advocating for young women in the workplace. 3. Jam of the minute: “Look What you Made Me Do,” by Taylor Swift. 4. Thing I miss: Fall weather. 5. 80’s crush: Michael Jackson. 6. Current crush: Seth Herzog. 7. Will whine about: Fake feminism, i.e., supporting the cause when it’s good for image and can sell product. 8. Will wine about: I don’t drink, but will stress drink chai tea over #MeToo. 9. Best thing that …

TueNight 10: Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich has launched some of our favorite Instagram handles. While she was director of RealSimple.com she started the popular @womenirl, featuring life’s unfiltered moments. (To wit: this kid finding Halloween candy while sitting on top of the fridge). After the Women’s March she launched the inspirational @nastysigns as well as the gorgeous, Americana-filled @ihavethisthingwithsigns. But when she’s not chronicling signage, or touring middle and high schools in NYC for her daughter and son, she’s overseeing all of Time Inc’s health coverage and is the editor in chief of Health magazine and Time Health. We were happy to get an ounce of her free time to ask her about her TueNight 10!  1. On the nightstand: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen (I read it but I like just having it there); HelloFlo: The Guide, Period: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl by Naama Bloom (see: 5th grade daughter, above); Her Body And Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado; Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner (galleys) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Instagram. It’s a problem. 3. Jam of the minute: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile “Lotta Sea …

Now That I’m Over 40, I Cannot and I Will Not… (VIDEO)

“Stop cursing like a sailor!” “Stop having adventures.” “Wear Spanx.” Hell to the yes, sister. We asked several women over 40 about the things they can’t stop/ won’t stop doing, now that they (we) are grown-ass women. We filmed this at our last TueNight Live event in Manhattan, sponsored by AARP (High five AARP! We love our sponsors!) and we’re so happy to have them sponsor this video. It’s all part of their mission to reinvent what it means to age — aka #DisruptAging. So now that YOU are over 40, what’s the thing you won’t stop doing? Watch this video and then tell us in the comments below. We’ll be rounding them up to share, compare and celebrate. No effs left to give. We’re #NobodysMaam

What’s the Most Ageist Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to You? (VIDEO)

“You’re old!” “When are you going to dye your hair?” “You look great for your age!” We asked several women over 40 to share the rudest, funniest, and just plain strange comments they’ve heard about being the age they are. Which um, isn’t old, by the way. We filmed this at our last TueNight Live event in Manhattan, sponsored by AARP (High five AARP! We love our sponsors!) and we’re so happy to have them sponsor this video. It’s all part of their mission to reinvent what it means to age — aka #DisruptAging. What’s the most ageist thing anyone’s ever said to you? Watch this video and then tell us YOUR most ageist story in the comments below. We’ll be rounding them up to share for collective commiseration.  We’re #NobodysMaam.  

TueNight 10: Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele is a self-described hermit. She’s happiest working in bed. And yet, she has the big, successful career she’s always wanted. She was inspired to write her recent book, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) after hearing too many introverted or anxious professionals say they couldn’t pursue their dreams of a big career because they didn’t want to be “out there” all the time. Not true at all, says Morra! And she’s the living proof. As she puts it, you can eat lunch alone, say no, never give a TEDx talk…and still have an amazing career. Hiding in the Bathroom gets into the nitty-gritty about how to do it: from business development to selling yourself to surviving professional conferences and networking events. Morra is also working on a new podcast about smashing the patriarchy. It’s way past time. 1. On the nightstand: Spy fiction (since we’re living in a very Cold War moment). The new John Le Carré, Red Sparrow, (trashy but so good), and my new obsession, Charles’ Cummings’ Thomas Kell series. Also just …

TueNight 10: Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky is one of us. She’s a Gen-Xer who figured prominently in our 20s, who had to grapple with both her nascent, female power and naive mistakes on an unforgiving international stage.  We witnessed and absorbed the presidential scandal (let’s be clear: the scandal was always his — not hers) with rapt fascination. And maybe we weren’t just watching the news; we were putting ourselves in her shoes, literally (I recall hosting a Halloween party in the late ‘90s where two people showed up in a blue dress and beret). Distancing ourselves, yet, perhaps wondering what we would have done in her place.   Owning her narrative. (Photo: Twitter) In 2017, our national conversation about how women are bullied and shamed has thankfully shifted (though there’s a shit-ton of work still to be done). And at 44, who better to lead that charge than Monica, someone who has faced down ridicule on an almost unfathomable scale — and continues to fight it in her Twitter feed to this day. Monica has become a fierce advocate for anti-bullying, collaborating on a powerful PSA and leading the #ClickWithCompassion campaign during October’s …

TueNight 10: Crystal Durant

She’s an artist, an educator, a model, a DJ, a singer, a writer and for many a muse — Crystal is undoubtedly a modern renaissance woman.  These days she writes for The Z Review, sings in a monthly tribute show with F*BOMB at Arlene’s Grocery, and has her own Prince Purple Rain tribute band. In her own words, she’s a “magnet for all kinds of crazy, always smells like fresh flowers, and is waiting for the right guy to show up, man up, and make a semi-honest woman outta me”. Crystal slayed us with her her story about her father at last week’s TueNight Live: Trust.  1. On the nightstand: I hope you’re not expecting a book to be there, because I don’t read in bed. The last thing I do before I go to sleep is watch TV, so there’s a remote control on my nightstand. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Cutting the neck out and the sleeves off of my t-shirts because they’re too constricting.  I think this is why people always ask if I’m a Rock Star, because I’m okay with looking unkempt in …

Before We Ever Met, He Tattooed My Name on His Hip

When he got my name tattooed on his hip, we hadn’t met yet. He was 50. I had just turned 30. He had a big job in the city at a law firm, lived on Long Island, and wore tailored suits to work. I assumed he was rich. He sounded rich. I was working as a telephone dominatrix from my ramshackle apartment deep in Jersey City and had just filed for bankruptcy. His voice was measured, wise. I liked him more than the others and more than I was supposed to. My voice on the phone, was confident, lulling — often just a whisper. It was one of my trademarks and how I controlled them. I was good at it. The other women on the line thought the guys would spend more money on you if you yelled at them. They were mostly wrong. One of my best clients, a shy music professor from England who had six pet rats, left me five stars and this comment on my site one time: “I’d sell my …

Choosing Calm Over Chaos Made Me Less of an Asshole Mom

For a long time, I couldn’t relate to mother-daughter relationship drama stories. I was way too preoccupied with an operatic level of paternal drama for that. My father’s attentions, and the absence thereof, consumed my childhood. I was too busy being adored, smacked, screamed at, and gaslighted by my dad to have any emotional space left to hate my mom. My own daughter, Amira, was born 11 days after my 30th birthday. Four and a half years later, my son Lev was born. I did the stay-at-home-mom thing for 10 years, throughout my 30s. My job performance was fair. In the “pro” column: I think I gave my kids pretty good advice about how to stand down bullies. “If someone teases you,” I said, “squint real hard, look totally grossed out and say: ‘Ewww…! What’s that green stuff coming out of your nose?!?’” They both say it never came to that, but I know they knew what I was getting at: Don’t dignify shitty behavior. You’re bigger than that. My temper, however, was at the …

Life Blindsided Me And Then I Learned to See.

One Sunday afternoon about fifteen years ago, I wandered into a panel discussion at The Brooklyn Public Library just as Carmen Boullousa, the Mexican poet and novelist, was being asked a question. “How do you write?” the questioner asked. Carmen Boullousa threw her hands up in the air and slammed them down the table in front of her. “You don’t know what you’re doing!” she burst forth, with a shout and a laugh. “You start off blinded, and you work until you begin to see.” I was 37 or 38 at the time, with a husband and two young daughters doing whatever they were doing in our Prospect Heights brownstone a few blocks away. And for as long as I could remember, I’d been trying to connect life’s dots with a modicum of elegance and a minimum of fuss. Determined to press on, to be a trooper, to feign competence, to not give passport, ever, to a willingness to be blinded. Carmen Boullousa was talking about writing but I sensed her advice might help me …

That Last Day I Ever Trusted My Father

I trusted my father to always do the right thing because he constantly barked at my sister and me about how hard he was working for us to have a good home, go to good schools, go to college, etc. My father was the first Black man ever hired at Western Electric in their managerial program. He did a lot of good, helping other Black folks get jobs, being the President of the NAACP chapter, and integrating the Kiwanis and Lions civic organizations. In hindsight, though, there were signs I shouldn’t have trusted him as much as I did. He was of the generation of men who did not cry and were not affectionate with their family. From the time I was four years old, I knew that he and my mother didn’t have a very loving relationship. When I was five, I remember being awakened by a huge fight they had one night. They were yelling at each other, and she grabbed a giant glass ashtray and tried to smash him in his head …

The Day I Stopped Trusting My Memory

“I don’t have time for this shit,” I grumbled to myself as I searched the apartment for my keys. Moving piles of unopened mail around on the kitchen table, I felt the familiar pit in my stomach begin to grow. “Why didn’t I put the keys on its porcelain dish as usual?” I chastised myself. “And why was this happening so often lately?” Just last week, I went searching for my iPhone and found it in the freezer. In the freezer. Don’t even ask me how I did that because — guess what — I don’t remember. Back in my years before Impending Cronehood, I had a remarkable memory — almost photographic. Dates, names, and intimate details were etched into my brain so clearly that I could recall them vividly, and I was often used as my friend’s journals, to be opened when their own recollections of the past grew hazy. “Hey, Issa, what was the name of that guy I used to date our freshman year in college? You know, the one who was …

Why Don’t We Trust the Institutions We Create?

In June of 2017, the Gallup organization conducted its “CONFIDENCE IN INSTITUTIONS” poll, which it has been conducting pretty much every year since 1973. And this year, despite what you might expect would be some sort of pre-apocalyptic low water mark in America’s trust in institutions, our trust in general went up. Specifically, it went up 3 percent. The poll measures confidence in 14 major public institutions — from public schools to banks to labor unions to the Supreme Court to police to big business to small business to newspapers to television news to churches to the military to the medical system and, yes, measuring trust in Congress and the presidency as well. The fine people at Gallup found that in 2016 just 32 percent of the American people on average said they trusted these institutions. A year later — this is THIS YEAR — we now trust these institutions 3 percent more or a WHOPPING 35 percent. Now, you may be thinking — as I was when I encountered this data — that WHOA, that 35 percent …

TueNight Live: Photos from “TRUST”

Walking into the red room at Spring Place, one of our storytellers, Jenny Douglas squealed, “This place is like a ’70s sunken living room!” Later, she corrected herself and whispered, “No, it’s more as if Hugh Hefner had a vagina. I love it.” Last week, on October 17, we brought TueNight Live and our TRUST issue,  to the seriously swanky Spring Place, where we shared wine, sandwiches, and — of course — stories, in a sort of loungey theater in the square, with a beautiful view of Tribeca. Margit kicked off the evening, thanking both Spring Place for hosting and our evening’s sponsor, AARP. Reading her story via her phone — because 2017 — Dori Fern described how choosing calm over chaos improved her relationship with her kids. (While she read her story off her phone, her daughter actually texted her, “do you have the laundry card on you?”) After fixing our microphone (it was backward — sigh) Crystal Durant told a harrowing story of learning her father was untrustworthy. Oft CNN contributor Sally Kohn posed …

TueNight 10: Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant took time while on her book tour to share her TueNight 10 with us. A few weeks ago she got to speak at the same conference in Boston as Michelle Obama, “which really just means my shoes might touch the dust that her shoes touch.” Her book, The Power of Onlyness, shows how seemingly powerless people now have a new way to be valued, AND create more value in the world because of it. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter. 1. On the nightstand: Just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Next up: Grant by Ron Chernow. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Judging myself. I always set the bar so high that I never achieve it. 3. Jam of the minute: Hamilton soundtrack (still) 4. Thing I miss: Grace & gravitas in the White House 5. 80’s crush: Oprah. She taught me the life lessons my mom just couldn’t. 6. Current crush: My Family. 7. Will whine about: Sitting on the tarmac. 8. Will wine about: Whiskey. Writer’s Tears is a new one I just found; it’s perfect in both name and flavor. 9. Best thing that happened yesterday: Oh, that’s easy. A nap. …

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TueNight 10: Jenny Douglas

If you are a woman over 40, who lives in a certain part of Brooklyn, at some point you will likely hear a friend say, “Do you know Jenny Douglas?” Move over, Kevin Bacon! Jenny is the ultimate connector of women. She is currently “setting up house with my cute boyfriend (made strangely sweet for doing this in midlife), planning an evening in which all attendees read aloud from their most embarrassing teenage journal entries, and investing in real estate in the Hudson Valley (a wholly unexpected turn).” We are thrilled that she will be one of our readers at TueNIght Live: TRUST on 10/17!  1. On the nightstand: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst (Jeffrey Toobin); The Principles of Uncertainty (Maira Kalman); Exquisite Pain (Sophie Calle); The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing (Ken McElroy) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Dancing on my coffee table (no matter how old I get, nor how many new cracks get made in the table). 3. Jam of the minute: Peach. 4. Thing I miss: Nana D’s mustard pickle; dial telephones.. 5. 80’s crush: Jay McInerny 6. Current crush: Ray Donovan; Pink 7. Will …

TueNight 10: Gina Pell

We fell hard for Gina Pell when we read her call to arms for “Perennials,” her perfectly coined word to describe people who are “ever-blooming, relevant people of ALL ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages.” Her weekly newsletter, The What List, is a must-read with links to five things you should know about–from lifestyle trends to great books, articles on health and career, and interesting fodder most people don’t have time to unearth.  1. On the nightstand: I read a book every two days so I have a stack, which includes: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry; Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou; Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar; and Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Playing Words With Friends. I quit for two years and relapsed. 3. Jam of the minute: I have a 9 year old daughter so Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” is on a loop in the house and my brain. Help! 4. Thing I miss: A sane Commander in Chief. …

TueNight 10: Susan McPherson

To know Susan Mcpherson is to know three new friends; she’s the ultimate connector. The pint-sized powrhouse delights in bringing women together. And that social good extends to her own business. Four years ago (this month!) Susan founded a social impact consultancy, McPherson Strategies. Her firm help brands form long-term value by standing up for what’s right and for the thing that will make the world a more just and peaceful place. She’s also one of our great TueNight storytellers — whether navigating the wild and wooly world of online dating after 50, or swimming naked in the Finish arctic. 1. On the nightstand:  Too many unread New Yorker issues, Nilofer Merchant’s brand new Onlyness and Jennifer Romolini’s Weird in a World That’s Not and a brand new Lelo vibrator (can I say that?) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Resisting Trump and his band of cronies 3. Jam of the minute: Loving the Smoke Fairies and Grace Weber 4. Thing I miss: This completely dates me but the Sopranos, X Files and running marathons (yes, managed to do 6 of them before social media, so they didn’t really …

TueNight 10: Nefertiti Austin

Nefertiti Austin has written for TueNight about teaching children empathy and fighting “mommy frump.” She blogs about adoption at mommiejonesing.com, and is currently working on a memoir about adopting as a single woman of color. She is also an Adjunct Assistant U.S. HistoryInstructor and a certified PS-MAPP trainer who co-leads classes for adoptive and foster parents. Austin lives with her children in Los Angeles.  On the nightstand: A raggedy copy of The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn Can’t stop/won’t stop: A morning walk Jam of the minute: “Bambi” by Jidenna Thing I miss: Travel 80’s crush: Prince Current crush: Hill Harper Will whine about: Being a single parent — it’s hard! Will wine about: Cabernet or a nice, red blend Best thing that happened yesterday:  I went out at night… without my kids Looking forward to: Writing about adoption and race

TueNight 10: Lynn Harris

Lynn Harris is full of funny lady superpowers. She is co-creator of the award-winning Breakup Girl, the superhero who saves the world by saving your love life, and she recently founded GOLD Comedy, which gives women and girls the powerful tools to find their funny.  At our TueNight Live: Fail event last March, Lynn Harris had us all laughing so hard about her worst day ever, that we begged her to come back for TueNight Live: SWAP to share her reasons for changing her son’s last name. Fun fact: Back in the 90’s, Lynn played Tonya Harding on an episode of Geraldo.  1. On the nightstand: To Siri with Love, by Judith Newman; All The Ways The World Can End, by Abby Sher; Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family, by Pauli Murray (They just named a residential college after her at Yale, my alma mater, and I am extra proud because it turns out she is also a distant cousin.) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Coloring my hair in various fun ways, even though my kids (10 and 8) are like MOMMY WE HAVE LITERALLY NEVER SEEN YOUR REAL HAIR. 3. Jam of …

TueNight 10: Mallory Kasdan

Mallory Kasdan is the host of MILK Podcast: Moms I’d Like to Know. Mallory is also the author of ELLA, and has been a professional voice actor for television and radio for over 15 years. She writes essays about parenting (including one on the show Parenthood and another about bragging online for TueNight), and has produced arts & culture pieces for public radio. Fun fact: Mallory and Karen met as publishing assistants at Hyperion in the mid 90’s. 1. On the nightstand: Right now I’m into personal essays, middle grade fiction, and mid life crises. To SIri With Love by Judith Newman, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Giveby Ada Calhoun, Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler are a few from the stack. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Pondering mid life crises and how they manifest in our anxious and tech-focused times. 3. Jam of the minute: Grateful Dead Europe ’72. I’m in a nostalgia thing after seeing incarnations of the Dead recently and watching Long Strange Trip on Amazon Prime. 4. Thing I miss: My mom and the way she’d “close talk” with people she’d just met. 5. 80’s crush: Lloyd …

TueNight 10: Robin Bobbé

In her 65 years, Robin Bobbé has donned many hats. She’s been a fashion stylist, actor/waitress, documentary producer, casting director and commercial print model among other things. Robin’s latest creative endeavor, The Modernager Blog, is for women who are breaking boundaries — like she does — strutting their stuff and just saying no to growing old gracefully. One of her mottos: “Never stop growing.”  1. On the nightstand: Estrace. I’m 65. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Running and working out. It’s a love hate thing. 3. Jam of the minute: “The Boys Wanna Be Her.” Samantha Bee’s theme song. Hell, I wanna be her. 4. Thing I miss: Little Italy before it became Nolita. The Flower District before it became Nomad. 5. 80’s crush: Val Kilmer. My first film role was opposite Val Kilmer in Real Genius. I was so nervous I forgot my lines and ended up on the cutting room floor. 6. Current crush: Cintra Wilson and Maria Popova. 7. Will whine about: Cellphone wielding machine hogs at the gym. 8. Will wine about: Miraval Rosé. 9. Best thing that happened yesterday:  The subway …

TueNight 10: Carolyn Edgar

As one of our TueNight regulars, Carolyn Edgar has regaled us with tales of her Prince adoration, her happiness quotient, and the challenges of turning 50. In her everyday life, Carolyn is a lawyer and writer who lives in New York City as well as a candidate for the MFA in Creative Writing at City College of New York. She tells us she’s prepping for the fall semester by reading lots of great novels and thinking about all the writing she didn’t do this summer. #NoShame Carolyn! Neither did we. 1. On the nightstand: One of my two cats, who has knocked down everything else that belongs on the nightstand to make room for herself.  2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Reading. I should be writing, but I’ve been bitten by the reading bug instead. My favorite read of the summer, so far, is Victor LaValle’s The Changeling — beautifully written and creepy! 3. Jam of the minute: “The Story of OJ” — Jay-Z 4. Thing I miss: Alone Time 5. 80’s crush: Prince (see also, 90s crush, 00s crush, 2010s crush…still so sad he’s gone) 6. Current crush: Idris …

TueNight 10: Kim O’Donnel

Kim O’Donnel is a chef, food writer and teacher. She’s penned three cookbooks, including the newly released PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable RecipesInspired by the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, she’s been based in Seattle since 2008.  When she’s not on the road, Kim is the chef-in-residence at a Seattle branch of the YMCA, cooking and teaching food literacy. 1. On the nightstand: 
Salt Houses by Hala  Alyan, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Bianco by Chris Bianco. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Preaching the gospel of home cooking. If more of us cooked 1 more meal per week, we’d be happier +  healthier. (I also will stop everything for a cop show – ‘Bosch’ is most recent fave.) 3. Jam of the minute: “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. What can I say – I like happy music. (Also: strawberry-vanilla  bean from my preserve pantry.)
 4. Thing I miss: Manners as a rule rather than an exception. Let’s bring back ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ pretty please! (Thanks.)
 5. 80’s crush: Bruce Willis in Moonlighting 6. Current crush: Issa Rae
 7. Will whine about: Under-salted food, tow …

TueNight 10: Robin Gelfenbien

First off, Robin is HILARIOUS. At our April TueNight Live event she shared her tale about quitting her therapist and we were all in stitches (and cancelling our shrink appointments). Her own live storytelling series, Yum’s the Word, features storytelling from the likes of Tim Gunn, Joy Behar, Aasif Mandvi as well as homemade ice cream cakes (Next show July 26th in NYC). The show has been lauded by the New York Times, Time Out and was named one of the “5 Best Storytelling Series in NYC” by CBS. These days she’s queuing up a Yum’s the Word podcast (the Tim Gunn episodes are absolutely hilarious) and writing a screenplay about the year she spent behind the windshield of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Yes, a Weinermobile. Her favorite month is July as it’s National Ice Cream Month and National Hot Dog Month. 1. On the nightstand: Tara Clancy’s The Clancys of Queens, a red currant candle, Aveda’s hand and foot lotion and a picture of my niece and me. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Wordplay and puns. It’s a blessing and a curse… mostly a blessing. I love calling myself a “Cone-oisseur.” 3. Jam of …