Heartily agreed with this as I coughed and sneezed my way through the weekend, praying for the throat pain to go away: sick days are the worst part of adulthood that no one really talks about.
I’ve been remiss in my letter-writing recently. Need to catch up to my regular pace of correspondence, so started by writing two letters this morning. More to come this weekend, for sure.
Reading: “By forcing reporters to optimize every story for clicks and requiring them to race to publish follow-on articles on every topic, the clickbait economics of online media encourage carelessness and drama.”
Harsh, but true: “Add another contradiction to Toronto’s growing list: it must be the best-run city in the world run by idiots.”
The bad news is that I’ve been teetering on the edge of relapse for a few months now and I think I’ve tipped over to that side, today. The good news is that the cat is purring loudly on my lap and I have a delicious mug of tea in my hands and everything’s going to be okay.
Reading: “Every day, women across the country consider the risks. That is our day job and our night shift. We have a diploma in risk consideration.”
Spent some time talking to Cleo about Cassini and the Saturn mission this morning, and she was pensive and contemplative, like us. Science is, in the literal sense of the word, awesome.
Reading: “There’s an unfair burden placed on people who experience oppression and discrimination to rise above it, or turn the other cheek.”
As a huge fan of Jeopardy!, this look at how the Jeopardy! writers room comes up with all of those questions was enlightening.
This profile on Jemele Hill and the future of ESPN by Bryan Curtis is fantastic, and comes at the right time. #istandwithjemele
Reading: “The truth hurts white people. Colin Kaepernick has hurt white people, and that is why it’s convenient to banish him, because he holds America’s worst nightmare: the mirror.”
Reading: “I make things for the same reasons babies put things in their mouths: to better understand the world, to sooth ourselves, and learn what to say.”
Things to do when you are missing Portugal: open a few cans of Portuguese tinned fish, enjoy with a baguette and cheese, finish with natas.
Reading: “Social mania may be ideal for mainlining breaking news, but it’s not great at providing meaning and context.”
Fascinating: “Between 1990 and 2014, visits to public libraries grew by a whopping 181%. For context, the population of the US increased by 28% during that period.”
Reading: “Fall is good and great, and it will come in time. But September’s summer days are wonderful: a kinder, gentler summer without the scorching heat waves.”
Reading James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro was sobering and powerful. It will, without hyperbole, change the way you look at the world.