Dearests! Much to read, so let’s get to it!
Declan Garvey, ‘I Probably Won’t Ever Speak to Her Again’ (The Dispatch) - If you’ve been following Liz Cheney’s ouster from the House GOP leadership, you’ve probably read about her likely successor Elise Stefanik, who was once a rising star moderate Republican member of the House bent on getting stuff done, and is now a Former Guy-supported MAGA who goes on Steve Bannon’s podcast in support of the Arizona recount. This piece does a deep dive on how a young politician goes from point A to point B at a startlingly fast pace.
Amanda Mull, Burn All the Leggings (The Atlantic) - The other day, I was standing in my closet trying to decide what to wear to a first IRL date, a coffee with someone I’d met, as one does, on the internet. I stared at my clothes in a practically dissociated state, striking options from my list with studied pace, newly indifferent to what is “cute” or “fashionable”, but focusing instead on what fits and isn’t sweatpants. My brain—and body—aren’t in the same place they were when I used to take great pleasure in a perfectly crafted outfit and accessories, finely-honed armor that escorted me into the battles of the day. Which is why I really like Mull’s piece on the uneasy state of fashion as we re-emerge from our year at home.
Shayla Love, People Aren’t ‘Addicted’ to Wearing Masks, They’re Traumatized (Vice) - Just putting this out there because I found it difficult to go without mask last night, despite the CDC’s new maskless advisory for the fully vaccinated and me being outside. We’ve got so much to work through over the next few months.
Brad Stone, The Untold Story of How Jeff Bezos Beat the Tabloids (Bloomberg) - Just read this. It’s insane.
Ezra Klein, Even if You Think Discussing Aliens Is Ridiculous, Just Hear Me Out (The New York Times) - I haven’t read this yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had that line used on me before so yes, I am one hundred percent sharing this with y’all because of the headline LOL, let me know what you think about it.
Eliza Brooke, Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. (Vox) - I’ve been rocking my Victorian-ish floral shirt on Zoom calls more, back in the habit of picking up a weekly bouquet to brighten up my kitchen, and much of my outdoor photography of late has been the flowering trees in my neighborhood. So I am here for meditations on blooms.
You’re excellent. Drink some water, get outside if you can, and be kind to yourself and each other.