Let’s make this Sunday a sigh of relief. I hope you’re taking some time to rest and recharge. I have the windows open here in New Orleans, and (dare I say it) a cool breeze against my skin. I’m scared to enjoy it too much because this might be a trick.
The above photo is from an exhibit called Guns in the Hands of Artists at the Jonathan Ferrera Gallery in New Orleans. If you’re in town, it’s a must see.
Here are some weekend reads for you, for us:
• Our recent history in the Middle East is complicated; our present inescapable. This piece by George Packer for The New Yorker is thoughtful and filled with the questions we can’t ignore: Two Speeches and a Tragedy.
• It feels like we’re supposed to simultaneously freak our and calm down about Ebola. Panic / Don’t Panic. Vox, has a quiz for us.
• There is always some commotion in the world. I think it’s hard to keep up with all the nuance, but it’s important to try. A 15-Step Guide To Understanding Why Hong Kong Has Erupted In Protest
• Last week a man jumped the fence at the White House and made his way aaallll the way into the East Room. Uninvited. Mega-rude. Quite embarrassing for the Secret Service. Here is An Ever Expanding List of Unwelcome Visitors to the White House. “Get this crank out of here.” – President Roosevelt
• Super smart start-ups are rethinking employee burn-out by offering a 2-week paid vacation before new employees start working. Uh-mazing: You Deserve a Pre-cation. Don’t we all?
• Mind, spirit, and brain. This is a really fascinating weekend read: Near Death Explained.
• What do I know about marriage and parenthood? Enough to read How American Parenting Is Killing the American Marriage and find it interesting.
• This is what it looks like to spend $23,000 on a plane ticket. I would never ever get off the plane k thaaaaanks.
• Blogger Burnout: Finding an answer in the problem. It’s so important to remember that most of my stresses are self-imposed and otherwise ridiculous and small-minded. Thanks for your words, Grace!
• On deck: Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
Enjoy this day! I think you’re great.