“The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
– Attributed to Finley Peter Dunne
Why I thought my summer would be relaxing is now a mystery to me. Suffice it to say I am busy with super luxury items of the rich and famous, goat raising, senators, and massive excavators. All, sadly unrelated. What a glorious thriller novel that would be!
However, somethings seriously exciting and amazing happened this week…but I am cruel, minions, and will make you wait for the bottom of the links to find out what it is. (Or you can scroll down, whatever, I’m not your boss.) But THAT is among the reasons I’ve been so frantically busy.
Here are your links – enjoy the weekend!
This week was the beginning of Ramadan. Assalamu alaikum.
Summer’s halfway over [pauses to clutch self and demand where the hell this year is going so fast?!], so get thee to a beach!
While we’re still riding the patriotic high, let’s being some of these back, huh?
Do you want to learn about bread in the Middle Ages, including the signs used for it by silent monks and recipes? Of course you do! Please keep the Ergotism under control.
I have absolutely no desire for an iPhone – but I admit this phone case for one makes a pretty compelling argument. I’d forgotten how much pineapples and Virginia go together, and I’ve been pretty pleased to renew the acquaintance.
Weigh in, kittens: is this particular age of conspicuous consumption done?
French women and that je ne sais quoi. Here’s a list of the top 50 chicest of them all. Agree or disagree with the selection?
Jeff is among those who “can quit any time he wants to.” I scoff.
As unsettling as the idea of Schrodinger’s Rapist may be, I feel that this it’s important for many men to understand that women live with this horrible thought pretty much most of the time. I wrote a post on this myself a while back.
London photos, past and present. (I have an overwhelming urge to shout, “Take heart for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!”)
And last but not least, I got my first major byline this week for additional reporting on a New York Times story! The delay in informing you has been entirely due to the after effects of happy hyperventilation! Many thanks to Caitlin Kelly for the opportunity to work with her and contribute to it. Great bosses and mentors are hard to find, she is unquestionably both.