I Didn't Want To Write Another Hacky Subject Line About How I Can't Write Subject Lines, But Avoiding It Just Wasn't In The Cards This Morning.
My dearests! Last night, I happily got my political nerd on and attended a Recode Decode recording at Manny’s in San Francisco, in which Kara Swisher interviewed Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL). Underwood is running for reelection in her swing district; her description and defense of a moderate approach to serving her constituents across the aisle while she sat in our ultra-liberal city was amazing. For instance, she had a few choice words for how the Dem primary is landing in her district, stating “The candidates [for president] should be talking about things that normal people care about... And if they know they can’t win, they should drop out... it’s too important.” Underwood has a very tough fight ahead of her, and her seat is a must-hold if Democrats want to keep the House in 2020. Last night, she mentioned how many millions of dollars she’ll need to do so, and this SF crowd, not unfamiliar with insane fundraising numbers, gasped. So why don’t you send a couple of dollars her way?
TO THE INTERNET!
So Katy Perry and her collaborators were sued by a Christian rap group for lifting parts of her song “Dark Horse” from one of their tunes. And while "no one" thought it would happen, a jury on Monday found that yes, the jam that I’ve most definitely yell-sung in my car did indeed have enough in common with this other song to show copyright infringement. Perry’s lawyers argued that the parts of the song in question represented “the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.” The case is headed to the penalty phase.
I hope upon hope that you’ve already read the Baltimore Sun editorial in response to Trump’s racist twitter tirade against Rep. Elijah Cummings (“Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.”) If you haven’t read it now, don’t worry, we’ll wait. And now, read the Washington Post story on how the piece came together.
Bloomberg did a deep dive on Victoria’s Secret as a company after journalists started looking into Jeffrey Epstein’s relationship with their CEO, and, quelle surprise, it’s a garbage fire!
Do you pitch anything for a living? Then jump on into Sam Dylan Finch’s twitter storm on common mistakes he gets from writers. Best overall piece of advice, for life: “You are allowed to be new at something!” PREACH!
And finally, this week’s been a good one for satire and parody: How To Apply For An Academic Job And Also Summon The Ancient Mesopotamian Demon Pazuzu by Ross Bullen, Self-Care for Men by Megan Amram, and Wow! This Razor Subscription Service Will Seriously Overestimate How Often You Shave by Abigail Johnson.
Oh how I like you. Be kind to each other, eh?