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The Friday Fun: 19 June 2015

Guys, it’s here. Over 48 hours of uninterrupted no-work time. Nothing but you and whatever the hell you want to do. 4 hour manicure? Go for it. Back-to-back naps? Do you. Hiking? Yes. Marathon karaoke? YOLO. White tie banquet? We love it. Divorce celebration party? Carpe every available diem. Babysitting? Spread the love. Juice fasting? Eye of the tiger, baby. Excessive partying? Let it all hang out.

We here at miafarradaily.com are 100 percent behind any and all weekend plans (except for weekend classes for professional courses which have to be the worst thing in existence).

We salute you, merry-makers, however you choose to make your merry because we worship the liberty of the weekend and respect all who do the same.

Here are few things to help you get into it:

1. This photo, because it’s a real thing and I have had it at almost every dinner party I have ever hosted. If you are having a dinner party this weekend, learn from me, and buy 3x as much wine as you think you will need. You never regret having extra bottles of good wine lying about but the soul-deep horror of having to serve your thirsty guests last year’s limoncello because that’s all you’ve got left will never leave you.


2. This great song, because it is (1) A new song that sounds like an old song (2) Happy soul sung by a guy who sounds a bit sad (3) Completely new to me, like honestly, WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

I love this because I can share it with people in a smug, look-how-cool-I-am way which is really quite lovely.

The song is the sort of thing you play when you’re soaking in the tub, or kissing a new boy, or cuddling in bed on a Sunday morning, or drinking heavily and deeply from the joy of life.

Broken Bones and Pocket Change by St Paul and the Broken Bones

3.a This ad, for a chair that may appeal to those of you suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal. I call the clip ‘A Dance With Dildos’.


3.b This great piece from Salon on what’s gone wrong with the GOT TV show, and why.  Best bits:

And what about Arya and Needle? Weiss said Needle symbolized “revenge” on the show, but in the books it represents anything but. An excerpt from “A Feast for Crows”:

“Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile. He used to mess my hair and call me ‘little sister,’ she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.”

The show took one of the most beautiful passages from the books and castrated it into a cliché that, to borrow a Simpsons quote, “could’ve spewed from the powerbook of the laziest Hollywood hack.” This has been a running criticism of the show. As I wrote last year on the Daily Dot, “David Benioff and Dan Weiss … are no longer telling the same story as ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ They’re telling a cheaper, bastardized, dollar-store version of it, complete with all the loathsome tropes of Hollywood that drove George R.R. Martin to write his magnum opus in the first place.”

“Game of Thrones” is fun on an otherwise dull Sunday night. “Game of Thrones” provides a nice opportunity for water cooler chat with co-workers you would’ve otherwise stood with in awkward silence. “Game of Thrones” does not tell “A Song of Ice and Fire’s” story. “Game of Thrones” is a monster, a dragon, of its own now — a product reducing the most gripping moments from Martin’s books into tawdry instances of shock value, absent of any lasting emotion other than “Oh my god; I didn’t expect that!” But “themes are for eighth grade book reports,” according to Benioff. So what does accuracy matter so long as the right person sits on the Iron Throne in the end?

 4. Finally and this is maybe the nicest thing anyone will ever do for you, so you’re welcome, this glorious photo of  an Earl Grey infused gin cocktail, or a Greyjoy as I like to call them. Taken from the excellent The Framed Table, I present it here for your delight. Do follow the link for the recipe, which is incredibly easy and will increase your enjoyment of the weekend by over 200%.

Early Grey Infused Gin Drink


ON CHARLESTON: Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who lost loved ones in Charleston this week, and to everyone who has ever been hurt, physically or otherwise, because of their race. If you’re an ‘ethnic minority’ reading this, you are glorious and worthy. If you’re a Caucasian, take a moment to consider your privilege and how you can best employ it for the benefit of others. If you’re human of any race, make it your mission to leave this world a little less hateful and a little more loving. x

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