The internet was a lot this week. Good, but a lot. Highlights: Paris is Burning 30 years later, Jeremy O. Harris and Samuel Delany in conversation, Arts.Black’s new podcast, an open letter to Elizabeth Warren, a meditation on shame, Harvey Weinstein is guilty, there are no reported cases of a congenitally blind schizophrenic, you’ll probably get the coronavirus, Catherine Pugh had it coming, and Katherine Johnson died aged 101.
Paris Is Burning was re-released through the Criterion Collection last year, and there has been a slew of articles about director Jennie Livingston’s landmark documentary. In this interview, Livingston speaks about being a “proto-queer” person and how “people playing with gender, embodying gender transition, or simply commenting with the way they were moving and the way they were speaking on the construction of identity, was all pretty mind-blowing to me.” Livingston also reflects on “things we could have put more of a focus on, like sex work, drugs, the way families treat their queer children poorly.”