It’s Saturday night and I’m already fighting the Sunday Scaries. What are your tactics for avoiding the start-of-week dread? I spent part of the day today laying on a bench staring at the sky slowly reading Geek Love, which is so odd and maybe wonderful that it makes stressing much else nearly impossible. I’ve also had ice cream, twice. Wine, once. To-do list, extensive. I’ve also put away all of my laundry and I’m ready for my Nobel Peace Prize. So… here we are.
This week I’ll be in Portland, New York, and Seattle. I’ll be seeing some of you at the last of this summer’s Bakehouse workshops and I’m so thankful!
I hope this weekend finds you happy and resting and taking time to look up at the summer sky.
This week’s collection if articles, when skimmed as a whole, tell the story of a wild world. Are we ok? I feel like the answer is, not really. Take what you need:
• Where is my resolve, were it to be tested? Where is yours? Jailed Saudi feminist refuses to deny torture to secure release. (The Guardian)
• Thursday I sat next to a man on a plane who was going to Mississippi to offer legal assistance to those whose lives had been turned upsidedown after the ICE raid. He talked to me about how this effects the entire town, not just those families displaced. There have been more stories like this that highlight the intricate relationship between immigrants and citizens in this country: “We Had A Future We Built Here.” (Slate)
• PLEASE Stop Asking If Women Are Electable (Ms Magazine)
• If you’ve heard the word ‘recession’ batted around on the news lately but have no idea what a yield curve is, here’s what’s up: The Yield Curve Is Inverted! Remind Me Why I Care! Did I have to read some of these sentences thrice? Yes. (Bloomberg)
• One of my favorite authors interviews and brings her beautiful words to the indomitable Ta-Nehisi Coates. Jesmyn Ward on The Beautiful Power of Ta-Nehisi Coates. “We should have the luxury of telling our stories, all our stories.” (Vanity Fair)
• My favorite Jesmyn Ward work. It broke my heart apart: Men We Reaped. (Idiebound)
• He went to jail as a fake doctor. Now he’s a real one: The saga of Adam Litwin, MD. The fake coat alone. My prayer is that I stay far far away from fake doctors. It seems hard enough for the real ones to figure out what’s going on with my human woman body. (Los Angeles Times)
• I laughed in horror reading this Thursday: Everything We Learned About Women’s Anatomy From Male Authors (Electric Lit)
• Speaking of laughing to ourselves in public – we should do it more. I remember I laughed until I cried reading Me Talk Pretty One Day on the bus in Seattle. (Amazon)
• The Daily episode about Russia’s Mystery Missile was… um, what!? (The New York Times)
Be well today.
My love to you!