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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Love Yr Blog: Mimi & Minh-Ha of Threadbared
(In which our most beloved bloggers expound upon undying crushes, spirit animals, and les objets du awesome you need to know about right now. In this edition: Mimi and Minh-Ha, the stylish brainiacs over at Threadbared.)
Tell us one thing you're really into at the moment that you want the whole world to know about.
Mimi: The one thing I'm really into right now is the new Maximumrocknroll Radio call-in advice show called "You've Got A Problem." Maximumrocknroll stalwarts Erin Yankee and Arwen Curry host the show, taking questions like, "How do I keep from spilling my martini in the pit?" in a completely serious, but also tongue-in-cheek, manner. (Arwen suggests bringing a mason jar for your martini, making it both instantly punk and easily protected.) So far, there's only been one show, and most of the questions are "older punk" questions about not turning into the "back in the day" creep at the all ages-show, or finding punks to date who aren't teenagers as more and more punks turn into ex-punks. Although I'm pretty much an ex-punk, and I'd be the one to ask Arwen if she wanted to go dancing, at which point she'd avoid any night-time activities with me for something more neutral, like going to the beach, or discussing the genius of Ursula LeGuin (about whom Arwen is filming a documentary).
Minh-Ha: La Garconne, the online store. I want almost everything on this site! I check it everyday the way some people keep an eye on gas prices or the weather. I even wrote them a fan letter! (The last one I wrote was to Michael Jackson in 1984.)
Who is your all-time number-one music crush?
Mimi: Besides my awesome, amazing girlfriend Fiona, it would have to be a three-way tie between my first punk rock love Blatz, Mary Weiss from The Shangri-Las, and the eternally effervescent Cyndi Lauper.
Minh-Ha: There has never been anyone other than Sinead O'Connor for me. Yes, there were flings here and there (Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Sting in the Police years) but Sinead circa "Drink Before the War" had me at and will always have me with "Somebody cut out your eyes/You refuse to see /Somebody cut out your heart /You refuse to feel"
What three albums do you want accompanying you on a hypothetical lifelong desert island exile?
Mimi: These are hard! The Ex's Scrabbling at the Lock; Gang of Four's A Brief History of Time; and The Shangri-Las' Myrmidons Of Melodrama. I totally cheated there and picked two giant compilation albums. I should probably pick something a little poppier, though, like The Rezillos or T. Rex ("poppier" is maybe the wrong word...). Three is too small a number!
Minh-Ha: Without hesitation - English Beat's Special Beat Service!! Every song feeds my inner Rude Girl but Ackee 123 is my favorite. The other two are Sinead O' Connor's The Lion and the Cobra (for the days I'm angry about the political economic structures that forced me into exile in the first place) and Tom Waits' Anthology (for the melancholic days when my spearfishing skills fail me).
What's one item in your closet that you couldn't live without?
Mimi: Practically, black turtlenecks are a lifesaver for putting together a teaching outfit when inspiration fails. But otherwise, my 18th Amendment Colbert wide-legged, high-waisted jeans. I love, love, love these jeans! I wear them to teach, to write, to sit around, whatever. I'm resigned to the fact that sartorially, I am a '70s Vietnamese refugee slash art teacher slash Lynda Carter's non-Wonder Woman alter-ego Diana Prince.
Minh-Ha: Right now, my black Soia and Kyo funnel neck coat. We went from Summer to Winter over night! But I'm looking for a thick chunky dark gray cocoon sweater to be my next "one item"!
What's your spirit animal?
Mimi: This one is easy - unicorn. I want to be able to fix everything that's terrible and unjust with a touch (or a stab) of my gleaming, magical horn.
Minh-Ha: The oft overlooked wombat -- small, powerful, and deceptively cuddly.
(l to r: Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las, a super-cuddly wombat, a unicorn!)
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