Reading List: Amateur Meditating, Day Jobs, and Sad Ben Affleck
Darlings! I hope you have a reflective weekend planned, whether you’re celebrating Easter or Passover or going out to the Redwoods to meditate on a how a Children's book praising Hitler as 'amazing leader' [was] pulled by Indian publisher. Choice and maddening quote: “We are not talking about his conduct or his views or whether he was a good leader or a bad leader but simply portraying how powerful he was as a leader,” (H/T reader and friend Devon)
So here are your WEEKEND READS to get you in the zone:
Woolly: On the reflective train mentioned above, The Benefits Of Meditating Badly. Y’all, you must follow Sara Benincasa if you’re looking to amplify the joy in your life. And this piece on the travails and benefits of imperfect meditation is so very very charming and lovely and good.
POLITICO: My 72-Hour Safari in Clinton Country. Have not read this yet, and while I look forward to satire shade throne at media fetishization of the Trump Voter, I know this snarky description of coastal elites will do nothing to help our current state of discourse. Because nothing helps bring people together than a semi-parody of personal interest profiles of economically-depressed areas through the lens of NYC irony. And now I’ve gone cross-eyed.
The New Yorker: Fret not: the delicious Schadenfreude is strong with this one: The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck.
GQ: Caity Weaver is our generation’s top celebrity profiler (she wrote The Rock piece I so very much love,) and her latest on Tiffany Haddish does not disappoint. Weaver is so good at illustrating the charm and quirks of celebrity, though hey, maybe the internet should be shut down because people think that drinking turpentine is a thing…
The New York Times: A devastating op-ed from Parland survivor Isabelle Robinson on why suggesting school shootings can be prevented with pre-emptive kindness for the murderers is straight up hot garbage and victim-blaming: I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends.
And finally, also The New York Times: Shared by Chie and Greg, Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art?
Love y’all! See you Monday.