Fiona's Letter, Whitney's Movie, Carrie's Memoir

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By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Best believe we did--we grouped Carrie Brownstein in with Fiona Apple and Whitney Houston. The past few days have been so filled to the brim with icon-y goodness, it seemed fitting--it's way too hard to pick just one. First, did any of you see the Fiona Apple letter over the weekend? Back in 2000, a young fan--Bill Magee--asked for her help in supporting his school's Gay-Straight Alliance--she, in return, wrote a very simple but thoughtful and profound letter about big gay love. The letter's highlight, via Pitchfork (via Jezebel): "It's hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue-- I'm so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I'm lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another-- to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness' sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much." Simple, thorough, pretty great. You can read the letter in its entirety here. Next up, Whitney's final film. Her remake of "Sparkle"--starring Jordin Sparks--isn't out until August, but the trailer came out today. Based on what we've seen, it's probably safe to say the movie's not going to win any Oscars, but there are probably plenty of people clamoring to see Whitney's (last) return to the big screen after a 16-year hiatus. A little dash of eerie: in the trailer, Whitney warns her children of the dangers in the music industry. Watch Whitney in action here. Finally: Carrie Brownstein will pen her indie rock memoir. The book is widely expected to cover Sleater-Kinney, her tenure as a blogger for NPR, Wild Flag--and, of course, "Portlandia." For those who've somehow forgotten, she's been a regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times, and Slate. Talk about all-around talent. Sign us up for a copy. And, while you're clicking links, check out this "Modern Girl" video. (Hint: 2:19.)