To clarify, I’m not claiming that the very brilliant Emily Riddle is bad at poker, but in this conversation we talk about dealing and playing cards, women’s relationship to recreational fun, and the liberating possibilities of being enduringly bad at something. We also talk about whether casinos, reparations, care work, tech bros, and cake. It’s a good time. Links:
- Last week I linked you to Emily’s piece about Colten Boushie. This week you should read her article “Forms of Freedom,” on Alutiiq artist-choreographer Tanya Lukin Linklater’s engagement with the work of Osage prima ballerina Maria Tallchief.
- I make some passing remarks about reparations, but you should read some more serious thinkers on the topic. Start with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations,” then read about how the Canadian government is fucking up its settlement promises to Residential School survivors, then read this random post I found about how calling casinos reparations is a flawed argument, which reminded me of the need to think in more nuanced ways about the non-identity of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous state violence.
- I’m not a big fan of Vice (duh) but this profile of professional women poker players is worth a read.
- Finally, a link-filled article on why women are afraid to fail (hint: it’s the patriarchy) (warning: it’s going to make you mad).
The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Emily’s theme song is “There’s Your Trouble” by the Dixie Chicks.