I decided to take last week off for the holiday here in the US, which means that only people who subscribe to my newsletter got the story about the time we went to Hamilton and Mike Pence was in the audience.
At this point, I am limiting how much time I am spending on both Twitter and Facebook for the sake of my mental health. I’m not doing very well, to the point where I’ve had to start therapy and go back on medication for anxiety and depression. It’s helping but I also have to limit my exposure to what my brain incorrectly interprets as personal attacks and demands. I’m not ignoring what’s going on in the US right now, but I am being more proactive around much time I spend being bombarded by the trashfire.
I’m also having a hard time with my tendency towards cynicism and I’m trying to counteract it with applied earnestness and recognizing which sorts of actions work best for my headspace (see this about short/medium/long game discussions). As a very wise and dear friend of mine wrote, “I’m putting my heart in my teeth.”
- Bind. Torture. Kill. Vote? Should felons who have served their debt to society have their voting rights restored? I think they should. In my state, most felons are able to vote after their sentences are complete: the only ones who forfeit their voting rights permanently are people convicted of crimes related to public administration, murder/manslaughter, and rape. I’m still thinking about that.
- The Complicated History of the Beloved Composition Notebook. I am truly not sure that this really is all that complicated.
- Follow the algorithm to bestseller status. An acquisitions editor teamed up with a an academic with a specialization in the computational analysis of style and built a thing.
- Was “Lolita” About Race?: Vladimir Nabokov on Race in the United States
- Shyness: small acts of heroism
- Books Should Send Us Into Therapy: On The Paradox of Bibliotherapy
- ‘We are all Thomas More’s children’ – 500 years of Utopia
- “…forgetting about textiles sacrifices an important part of our cultural heritage. It cuts us off from essential aspects of the human past, including the lives and work of women. It deprives us of valuable analogies for understanding how technology and trade transform economies and culture. It blinds us to some of today’s most pervasive innovations – and some of tomorrow’s most intriguing.”
- Stranger Things: The Rise and Fall of UFOs and Life on the Moon
- Elena Ferrante, Private Novelist
- An Era for Women Artists?
- Criticism in the Twilight
- Zadie Smith on Appropriation, Male Critics, and How Trump Interests Her Novelistically (the Trump stuff is not a major focus of the interview)
- The man who brought humanist values — and ‘Civilisation’ — to a mass market
- The literary glamour of madness This is likely an excerpt from the author’s forthcoming book–which looks like it may be quite interesting.
- Catch Us If You Can Really interesting article about imposters.
- Bright Lights, Small Government: Why libertarians adore Jane Jacobs
- How to Stay Sane While Black
- Women of Harry Potter: Evil in Authority
- The Surveillance Game: A Website That Awards Points as It Spies on You
- Emily Dickinson’s Singular Scrap Poetry
- Sweden, we need to talk about the Christmas Goat
- The New Intellectuals
- For Tattoo Artists Race Is In the Mix When Ink Meets Skin
- Blaming Clinton’s Base for Her Loss Is the Ultimate Insult
- What Does Hillary Clinton’s Loss Teach Female Educators and Students?
- Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Fantastic Tool for Democracy After All
- Don’t Change the Game: Towards Better Allyship
- Some (Mostly Meaningless) Reflections on Our Current Reality
- Reading Yeats in the Age of Trump