Links: Gay Witches, Piano Man, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Hey hey! It’s Wednesday!

As usual, still very tired. In person news, I got me a Peloton! I did my first ride last night with Cody Rigsby, which everyone recommended, and it was definitely a religious experience.

I can’t wait to do another one, even though my butt is one big bruise.

Are any of you on the Peloton train?

This wild story is making its rounds in Romancelandia, about a fraudster using Judith McNaught’s name to sell writing and publishing advice. I hope this gets fixed soon!

At SBTB HQ, we had a good time taking this Autostraddle quiz to see which gay witch we are. I got Regina from Once Upon a Time and I’m not mad at it.

I saw Shang Chi on release day and loved it. Funnily, it was later uncovered that the main actor Simu Liu worked as a stock photo model. Here are the goods:

I love this theory that Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” is set at a gay bar. I’m on board!

And for some pure unbridled joy, enjoy this video of Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters inviting his arch rival and 11-year old badass to play the final song of a show with him.

Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Kareni says:

    Funnily enough, I am listening to Billy Joel’s The Hits as I write this. The theory above has merit!

  2. Darlynne says:

    I watched the previous video with Grohl and his daughter, which was amazing. Nandi’s performance was world class, the way she spun her sticks in the beginning joyous.

  3. Qualisign says:

    @Amanda. Your remark/question about being part the “Peloton train” resonated with Amanda Montell’s interesting book,”Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism.” Just saying…

  4. Qualisign says:

    @Amanda, again. I continue to follow each and every one of your links, which typically put take me down the most interesting rabbit holes. Continued thanks for your Weds treats!

  5. Amanda says:

    @Qualisign: Ha! I loved Cultish. If I start joining Facebook groups dedicated to the Peloton, than there’s a cause for concern.

    And I’m so glad you enjoy these posts! It’s always fun seeing what I’m going to put together on Wednesdays.

  6. chacha1 says:

    Piano Man theory is gold. 🙂

  7. Escapeologist says:

    I’m late to this party but really wanted to share this Super Soothing Content – Jay Lee Painting channel on YouTube. The acrylic paint videos are about 10 minutes each, starting with a mostly blank canvas and ending with a beautiful landscape. I’ve been watching them to fall asleep. Usually one 10 minute video does it.

  8. Ken Houghton says:

    I quite understand the argument in favor, but it’s not a gay bar as such. It’s a piano bar/lounge that has an inevitable set of (and no problem with) gay patrons:

    “Now Paul is a real estate novelist
    Who never had time for a wife
    And he’s talking with Davy
    Who’s still in the Navy
    And probably will be for life.”

    Aside: the above section was cut from the single version. (“And they cut it down to 3:05”)

    If “the waitress is practicing politics/while the businessman slowly gets stoned,” it’s a regular lounge; if it were a gay bar, the businessman would be pretending he didn’t know where he was, and on the make with someone other than the waitress.

    This is not the LA equivalent of Uncle Charlie’s; it’s a severely downmarket Rainbow Room.

  9. Carrie G says:

    The video of Nandi playing with the Foo Fighters made my day! Thanks!

  10. Sandra says:

    @Carrie G: I see her fronting her own band 20 years from now.

    Reminds me of one of my comfort videos. The Ventures anniversary special with Max Weinberg sitting in on drums for “Wipe Out”. Those guys are having way too much fun….

  11. Lauren says:

    The Judith McNaught scam story is very sad. I miss her writing, but I hope she is OK and not being taken advantage of.

  12. Kelly says:

    Oh, my, seeing the Foo Fighters teaching Nandi how to be a rock star is just all kinds of adorable and awesome. And I was actually really moved by how excited the audience was to see her — you can hear a guy explaining to someone else, in the background of the video, that she’s one of the best drummers alive.

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