Border Collie Cosplay, and Other Ideas That Wake Me Up at 4:30 a.m.

Poppets! My Mum was visiting this past weekend for her birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!) and while we were on one of our many walks, she had questions about the former freeway in Hayes Valley, how it came to be, and how it came to end. So of course she found this excellent Hoodline piece on the central freeway (hell yea, local journalism) describing exactly what went down (and up! And then down again.)

OMG, I had no idea how much I needed to read Erin Griffith’s takedown of “performative workaholism” and how it glorifies “ambition not as a means to an end, but as a lifestyle,” but I sure as heck did. Coining terms like “toil glamour,” Griffith looks at start-up cult of 80 hour+ work weeks as the norm, the glamourization of hustle, hustle, hustle, and how this religion all work and no play tends to solely benefit the a tiny few (she interviews a pro-work-life-balance co-founder who says “The vast majority of people beating the drums of hustle-mania are not the people doing the actual work.”) And when Griffith starts talking about how the “concept of productivity has taken on an almost spiritual dimension,” I nearly swooned. THIS PIECE. SO GOOD.

Terry Crews is a great man who uses his platform for good: Terry Crews is calling out celebrities for mocking his alleged assault.

And finally, sometimes Reductress just sees us: Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup And Started Being A Border Collie. ”But when they saw how happy I was with a bare face, teeth out gnawing on a raw lamb shank, I knew I had their support.”

You’re lovely. Take care of each other, and yourselves.

Xoxo Amy