“No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.”
Well, we made it to another Friday, kittens. What a dumpster fire of a week.
I’m posting this early because to say I’m in the mood to log off for a day or two is an understatement.
Here is a nice batch of weekend reading to get you through until Monday–and yes, there are good stories in here too! We’ve got 90s throwbacks and weird trailers, plus a nice mash of history and spacesuits. Check in in the comments!
News about kids in concentration camps was replaced by news about child sex trafficking which was replaced by the president’s racism so no I wouldn’t say things are going great
— Jake Maccoby (@jdmaccoby) July 19, 2019
Truly we live in the darkest timeline. Of course a Brexit party boss is in bed (literally) with the writer of the story that took out Britain’s ambassador to the US. Of COURSE he is.
President Trump made and then doubled down on racist comments and went unchecked by…anybody. His staunchest supports have a new racist campaign chant aimed at (what else?) women in power who he hates and has chosen to make a foil. He’s floated hideous conspiracy theories about Congresswoman Omar that come from the grossest internet corners (including ties to terrorism and incest) and may very well incite actions with his speech that harms her or gets her killed. Tweets from the left are not enough in response and the near-total silence from the right (interspersed with actual statements from Neo Nazis, to which I will not link, about how his comments don’t go far enough) are deafening. No mealy mouthed attempt to walk it back, contrary to video evidence, cuts it. Especially when he immediately walked back the walk back…AS HE ALWAYS DOES.
Well, I feel a little bit better.
The president of the Unite States is racist. This is a matter of long documented, publicly available fact. (Some publications hesitate to use this word the way the do the word “lie,” and I’m not sure history is going to look kindly on the decision.)
…have we found Captain America? We need him!
Do let’s talk about this, both as an incident and as a wider phenomenon.
The deep dive I never knew I needed.
Why yes, I AM interested in fashion for space.
This piece on the President’s racist comments feels unfortunately right. Trump understands that there are many different Americas, what makes him unique is that rather than trying to appeal to many of them simultaneously, he’s picked his preferred version and caters only to it and the people who share that worldview. He’s betting it’s enough to keep him in power, Republicans are betting the same with a slightly longer timeline. I personally don’t think it’s a sound bet unless one is, in fact, working to unmake democratic norms to ensure one’s supporters keep representation and one’s detractors are excluded from it.
Of course it’s millennial pink. Of COURSE.
The Emmy nods are really good this year, team. Weirdly there’s not too much to be upset about! Who are you rooting for?
Audiobooks to add to your summer holiday or beach read list.
The latest from an old fave around here, McKay Coppins at The Atlantic presents the Epstein case in the wider context of our current age of conspiracy thinking.
Speaking of, this guy can get kicked into the sun.
Well this takes me way back to puberty!
I cannot believe we have to say this in the year of our Lady Beyonce 2019, but maybe think twice before you upload your image (or other biometric information or adjacent stuff) to apps that go viral? Not to sound like a member of the tinfoil hat brigade, but we’re not very good at knowing what other people are doing with this stuff.
Speaking of Beyonce, I don’t care about The Lion King, but I always care about what the Queen is doing.
Do you want some archaeology news? Of course you do, why else are you here?!
I don’t even have the energy to touch the Twitter kerfuffle that is the new CATS trailer and reactions thereto!
Last week the influencer economy was in trouble, is streaming next? How about podcasts? (Sidenote, that podcast story is ridiculous; a true work of overly privileged art. Enjoy it with this knowledge going in.)
And as we were “going to print,” some frankly scary news.
Finally, let’s end this on a nice note, shall we? God knows we need it.