I Confess That I Re-Downloaded Tik Tok Because My Brain Needs Pleasant Distractions Headed Into This Next Week. Or Y'all Can Send Me Book Recommendations.

11 days left in the 2020 election - do you want to look back and know you did everything you could to get Biden and Harris into office? We’re hosting virtual phone banks from 10 am - 7 pm every darned day until the end - join us and channel that election anxiety into action!

Dearests! You’ve made it to another weekend during this godawful pandemic, so I topic you treat yourself to something tonight. I plan on buying fancy ice cream to consume while leading phone banks, because that’s my self care right now.

Let’s get to the content, y’all!

Sarah Ellison,How the 1619 Project took over 2020 (The Washington Post) - I really enjoy this deep dive into how history is made and debated, the tension between events and narratives, and journalists and historians and pundits, and how the dismantling of national stories can be messy and angry and include flaming each other via essays in The Atlantic and POLITICO.

Davey Alba and Jack Nicas, As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place (The New York Times) - This doesn’t do much for my anxiety, nope nope nope nope. And yet another reason I wish that media literacy and skepticism was a required course every human had to take.

Caroline Rose Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani Is My Father. Please, Everyone, Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. (Vanity Fair) - By now, we’re all waiting until the end of today to pop an edible and watch the new Borat movie to see America’s Majorprepare to get randy with a woman seemingly 15 years younger than his daughter,but before we do so, let’s recognize that said daughter is also doing God’s work in making the surrogate rounds to encourage people to go against her father and vote Biden/Harris.

Napp Nazworth, How The Christian Post Sold Its Soul For Trump (Arc on Medium) - Haven’t read this one yet since it’s truly a long read and I want to make sure I am in a good emotional place to do so—throwing a computer out a window doesn’t fit into my COVID budget right now—but looking forward to it!

Emmanuel Felton, I Told Civil Rights Activists I Was Feeling Hopeless. They Responded: “Are You Kidding Me?” (BuzzFeed News) - If you’re feeling anxiety or fear about the upcoming election, I highly encourage you to read this.

Alright, off to work with me. Be kind to yourself, and phone bank like your life depends on it. Because it does.

xoxo Amy