Dearests! Happy Friday - today, I’ll be shutting down my computer at noon MT, hopping in a car with my Mum and Dad, and heading up to the glorious Rocky Mountains to marvel at Alberta skies and craggy peaks. May your weekend be less screens and tweets, and more “OMG, is that an elk?!?!”
TO THE LONGREADS
Michael C. Bender, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost - Started reading this book a couple of days ago after hearing the author on a variety of political podcasts. And also because I have some insane need to re-live the trauma of the last 15 months.
Kristen Radtke, Loneliness Makes Us Nostalgic For A Past That Never Existed (BuzzFeedNews) - A beautiful but haunting graphic essay on growing up with, around and on the internet.
Dana Priest, Craig Timberg and Souad Mekhennet, Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide (The Washington Post) - Love love love love love when WaPo combines reporting with helpful interactive graphics that explain highly technical subjects like spyware.
Rebecca Panovka, Men in Dark Times (Harper’s Magazine) - Haven’t read this one yet past the first few paragraphs, but y’all know I’m going to share almost each and every interesting piece I see on Hannah Arendt. I spent much of my senior year hunched over her typed drafts of speeches and essays and correspondence, handwritten notes in margins intruding on crossed out sections, reading a great mind battling with her own intellectual rigor, questioning her own strongly-held opinions (and those of others). I spent so much time, in fact, that my Princeton senior thesis was split between her academic and intellectual journey post-Holocaust and fellow German Jewish intellectual Erich Auerbach. And you, dear readers, have been on the receiving end of my musings on Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism before, a book I re-read both before and after Trump was elected. In fact, it seems I was one of those people that this essay seems to question, someone who found totalitarian nails in every CNN article and Former Guy tweet and was poised to bring the Arendt hammer down on each and every one. I say all of this having only read the first few paragraphs of this piece, where the author rightfully begins to question whether forcing Arendtian (sp?) framing on every modern action of the past few years is helpful or, indeed, even accurate. All this to say, I cannot wait to read this critique.
Ed Zitron, Clubhouse Is The Big Stinker That Nobody Wants To Talk About (Ed Zitron’s Where’s Your Ed At) - I tried Clubhouse early once I was deemed worthy to be extended an invite (I believe I have Friend of the Missive Holden to thank for that!) and never got into it. While I found a couple of rooms and conversations interesting, overall I didn’t enjoy the UX and I found the conversations artificially exclusive even once you got past the sign up gate - I only logged on a few times, attempted to participate in a few “rooms”, got frustrated, then promptly forgot about it. Per usual, Ed plainly explains why my inability to understand a collective industry swoon wasn’t necessarily user error.
Matt Hart, Does CrossFit Have a Future? (The New Yorker) - And finally, I haven’t read yet, but plan on doing so with relish.
That’s it, that’s all. But hey, why don’t you write down three things you’re grateful for on a post-it right now so you can read it at the end of your day, and then go fill up your water bottle? Be kind to yourself!