Reading List: I’m Taking A Mental Health Day And At Some Point, You Should Too.
My dearests, today I am taking a much needed self-care day (thank goodness I have an employer that recognizes that these days are needed and allows us to use sick days to do so) so this one is going to be relatively brief - I’m taking the puppy princess to Crissy Field for the first time for a walk near the Bay and I am really looking forward to unplugging a bit. So if this Missive if even less edited than usual (like that’s possible), please take the above as my excuse.
TO THE INTERNET
Matthew Cantor, Cryptographers are not happy with how you’re using the word ‘crypto’ (The Guardian) - Let the record reflect that I am 100 percent Team Map Nerds in this war over the use of the term “crypto.” And yes, that is a hill I am willing to die on.
Peter-Astrid Kane, ‘It’s like a cemetery’: the trend turning San Francisco’s colorful houses ‘gentrification gray’ (The Guardian) - Not to share another Guardian article this morning, but their recommendation engine suggested I read this and OMG it has everything - a battle between maximalist and minimalist, San Francisco housing politics, and trend-following manifested in trim debates. So, um, well done Guardian algorithm?
Ben Smith, His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out. (The New York Times) - As someone who attended evangelical Christian summer camps growing up but ended up converting to Judaism in her mid-twenties, watching so-called “christians” prostrate themselves at the altar of Cheeto Jesus has been very, VERY disconcerting. So reading about a Christian leader—with many beliefs I absolutely do not agree with and frankly abhor, mind you—BUT has been absolutely consistent in those beliefs by highlighting the many sins of Trump and his cronies is… somewhat comforting? That intellectual honesty sits lives somewhere? I dunno.
Jeremy O. Harris, Lil Nas X Is In the Right Place at the Right Time (GQ) - SUCH an interesting interview that only compounds my fascination with this man and his music.
Yair Rosenberg, The Incredible True Story Behind TV’s Strangest Space Jew (The Atlantic) - Haven’t read this yet, but reading that headline AND finding out it’s about Firefly? I’m in.
David Freedlander, The Bonnie and Clyde of MAGA World (POLITICO) - Also haven’t read this one yet, but ready to grit my teeth and devour this zoom-in on one couple who’ve ridden the conservative wave of the last decade to become... what exactly? After all, grifters gonna grift…
That’s it, that’s all. Don’t forget to hydrate, get outside for a wee bit, and take care of yourself, won’t you?