“We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late. ”
― Edward R. Murrow
Another riotous week of political news, but never fear! I shan’t let the confirmation that the President probably tried to fire the man investigating him derail our good humor this weekend. There is much to celebrate and cheer on, kittens, in spite of the fact that the Doomsday Clock hasn’t been this close to midnight since before I was born.
We are defiant, unbowed, and full of confidence. Let this gif of Judge Aquilina’s handling of Larry Nassar’s letter, stating how distressing it was for him to hear the stories of his victims, be your moodboard for this weekend and all of 2018:
Greatist put together a list of resources and content for survivors of sexual assault and the people who want to care for them.
This piece on Buzzfeed of life after a polygamous FLDS cult is hard to read but powerful.
Whoa, bad news for the Y chromosome, scientifically speaking…
So, we’re doing this every year now, yes? Regardless of the party in power, yes? Good.
I am so excited for this return, as much as I’m apprehensive of the emotional roller coaster it’s going to send me on.
UGH. (Update, the reaction to this piece has been so extraordinary that the Financial Times has removed the paywall. Good. The only treatment for systemic bullshit hidden in shadows is sunlight. Follow up is still rolling out.)
So you want to write a nonfiction book? Let Friend of the Blog Caitlin Kelly walk you through the process.
It’s weirdly charming to me to think of a leader who doesn’t default to Twitter. I mean, no excuse for the collective heart attack, though!
The FBI Director threatened to resign this week in our perfectly normal and functioning democracy, thank you very much.
Inclusivity in beauty pays. Literally.
You can take the girl out of Utah, but you’ll pry the RadioWest podcast from Salt Lake City’s public radio station from my cold, dead fingers. This past week they covered the Sundance Film Festival with a series of filmmakers and subjects in interviews worth listening to. My favorites were Believer, about a major poprock artist who seeks to find a way to advocate for LGBT communities without alienating his own Mormon people, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a film about the life of Fred Rogers.