The links are accumulating again, no matter how fiercely I cull them. So here’s a quick round-up of things you can read/listen to/see as we struggle through the last of the hot and humids and wait for the fresh breath of fall.1
I accidentally discovered the Slate podcast One Year, which looks at a dozen or so events that took place in 1977.2 These aren’t the big ticket items like the Johnstown Flood or the creation of the DOE,3 but the smaller stuff like Elvis’ post-mortem pictures or the rise and fall of Anita Bryant. What keeps hitting me is how much history rhymes. It’s especially noticeable in the episodes about Laetrile4 and Carter’s drug czar.5 As a species, we are terrible at truly learning the lessons the past has for us.
Should I need a new quest, having an espresso at each of these would be a good choice.
After all, they are the ones who have to look at the art most often.
What tickles me is the handmade aspect to the feeding poles.
Won’t it be nice when we have some real data on how trans athletes match up to their cis counterparts?
I might have already recommended Craig Mod’s newsletter — but this one about making plans and the pandemic and taking walks (the above quote comes from it) is well worth a few minutes.
Theatre costumes are more detailed and durable than you might think.6 Related to the above: I used to show this video about the costumes for Wicked to my theatre appreciation students. You might like it, too.
If you have a New York Times subscription or still have some free articles left, this older essay about traveling across the U.S. via Amtrak is very, very good.
I shall now close a bunch of tabs. And if you have a minute, click the button and send this post along to someone else who might enjoy it.8 Onward we flail into September.
I think late August has broken the part of my brain that makes metaphors and analogies. It was good while it lasted, brain, and I hope you can soon join the rest of us again.
(or I haven’t gotten that far yet)
This one is heartbreaking, mind. I know hindsight is always 20/20 but ooooof. Some of what would happen was blatantly obvious 40+ years ago.
It turns out that petty, ego-driven men with really poor boundaries will always fuck everything up for the rest of us. It’s almost like men are too emotionally volatile to be given positions of power.
Unless you are a costumer, then you already know.
Or hate it. Whatevs. It all works.