Friday Props: Julie Klausner

Happy Friday, my friends.

Friday is a special day for many reasons, but Friday is especially special to me because that is when my favorite podcast comes out! This week RLB is giving serious props to writer & podcaster, Julie Klausner.

I heartily recommend How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner to anyone with a heart, a mind, a soul, and/or a love of snacks. Part interview, part comedic monologue, and even sometimes part musical treat, How Was Your Week is a podcast dream come true for me, with its strong point of view and sharp cultural insight. Julie has a lot of smart, genuine things to say about the female experience. Listening to her podcast is  like having a really good conversation with a girlfriend who totally gets it, and also gets you, and also gets everything that’s happening in the world right now.

But more than anything, as a little girl, I wanted to be exactly like Miss Piggy. She was my heroine. I was a plucky little girl, but I never related to the rough-and-tumble icons of children’s lit, like Pippi Longstocking or Harriet the Spy. Even Ramona Quimby, who seemed cool, wasn’t somebody I could super-relate to. She was scrawny and scrappy and I was soft and sarcastic. I connected instead to Miss – never ‘Ms.’ – Piggy; the comedienne extraordinaire who’d alternate eye bats with karate chops, swoon over girly stuff like chocolate, perfume, feather boas or random words pronounced in French, then, on a dime, lower her voice to ‘Don’t fuck with me, fellas’ decibel when slighted. She was hugely feminine, boldly ambitious, and hilariously violent when she didn’t get her way, whether it was in work, love, or life. And even though she was a pig puppet voiced by a man with a hand up her ass, she was the fiercest feminist I’d ever seen.”

See? So what I’m saying is, Julie Klausner is basically my Oprah. I read whatever books she says I should read (Columbine by Dave Cullen…hello, crying on a plane) and have even eaten cottage cheese with noodles because, according to an early podcast, that is her favorite food. The verdict? Yumz.

Her book, I Don’t Care About Your Band (quoted above), is just a treat. In addition to being a gorgeous vision, she is hilarious and definitely keeps it real. She also wrote this amusing (& thought-provoking) piece last year on why women are acting like little girls.

Follow her on twitter, buy her book, and listen to her podcast. You won’t regret it!

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