This week's list
Cord Jefferson has written for The Good Place, Watchmen, and Succession. When he won a well-deserved Emmy this week, he generated a lot of attention for thanking his therapist in his acceptance speech (also for being hot). I really enjoyed this post-Emmy interview with him. But I've also gone back to his interview on the Longform podcast several times over the past year. The way he talks about the art of writing and navigating professional setbacks has been very helpful and inspirational to me when I'm feeling down about my own career. Especially at this moment in history, acknowledging the importance of mental health and encouraging people to reach out for help is so crucial. And the Emmy Goes to... My Therapist (If you want even more Cord, here's a fun conversation with him and Jia Tolentino for Pop-Up Magazine)
Demi Adejuyigbe has single-handedly created an internet holiday. Every year, on September 21st, he releases a new, even more impressive and hilarious video of himself dancing to Earth, Wind, & Fire. This year's video is not only incredible, it's also raised more than $300,000 for charity. Everything about it is perfect. September 21st (Demi is also a writer on Amber Ruffin's new show, which premieres this weekend and I'm so excited to watch!)
Allie Brosh is the artist behind the webcomic Hyperbole and a Half. Her stories and art made her internet famous, then a best-selling author, then a very public face of depression and mental illness. Marc Maron interviewed her on WTF. Bill Gates reviewed her book. And then, she disappeared from the public eye. Many of her fans were worried about her wellbeing. Seven years later, she's back with a second book, Solutions and Other Problems. She gave a funny and vulnerable interview to BuzzFeed News about what's been happening in her life and how she creates comedy out of tragedy. In one of the all time great interview answers, she describes her new book as "Like a wildlife documentary about one specific animal. It was written and directed by the animal. And instead of watching, you have to read and look at pictures. The animal drew the pictures. There are 1600 of them. One time, the animal became trapped in a bucket. I think that basically describes it." Here's an excerpt from the new book: Richard
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