This was a rough week as some of the ripple effects of the pandemic continued to land closer and closer to home. We’re still okay for the moment, but several close friends have been intimately affected. I’m feeling a horrible mix of survivors guilt, selfish gratitude for not yet being hit by the waves, and a general uptick in the overall creeping sense of dread that basically every millennial I know enjoys.
Staring down the barrel of the second major recession of our lives and basically all the same people are still in power. Love that for us! (screams into a cushion)
Have some links, check in in the comments, and pour yourself something nice, my doves.
Is the death of the It Bag on the horizon?
“The most basic definition of hate is personal animus, but there is a more useful, and frightening, description: Hate is a social bond — a shared currency — and it abhors a vacuum.”
“The largest issue seemed clear to me, in part because I was accustomed to it: that the letter, at core, was at once a theoretical defense of intellectual freedom and a carefully veiled invitation to use dehumanizing rhetoric under the bastion of ‘the free exchange of ideas.”
Oh look, another misogyny murder.
How do we feel about pennies, team?
And I’m sure that any moment now, all the gun enthusiasts who’ve hoarded weapons in fear of the federal government, all the states rights activists, all the small government zealots, and all their kith and kin will rise up to denounce this, right? (Editor’s note: of course they won’t. Because with a few exceptions it’s never been about any of those issues. As a collective, these people are perfectly fine with overreach, size, and power so long as they feel it’s on their side. They aren’t opposed to it, they’re opposed to feeling like it doesn’t benefit them and their ingroups. Which is, of course, they hallmark of fascism: the worship, elevation, and triumph of the ingroup over one’s – usually falsely manufactured – enemies.)
Fire your branding people. While I applaud the direction overall, it’s been messy with its messaging.
Fellow ladies, hands up if a man has ever called you a “fucking bitch.” Now again friends, hands up if a COWORKER who call you that in your workplace would at minimum face a disciplinary hearing.
Eurocentric history does not benefit us, we’re missing thousands of years of culture and human interaction because of it!
I’m too, um, endowed for this. Alas. Sounds restful.
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One of my new books is The Year 1000 by Valerie Hansen, which talks about global migration and trade then — really interesting.