Weird History Nerds, ASSEMBLE!
|Amy Widdowson||May 19, 2020|
Before we get to the interwebs, what are you doing next Tuesday night? Have you heard me talk about Odd Salon and been curious but don’t live in the Bay Area and have been unable to attend? Well guess what, my darlings: On Tuesday, May 26th, Odd Salon co-founders (and dear Friends of the Missive) Annetta Black and Tre Balchowsky are hosting the first ever virtual bi-coastal Odd Salon to examine how “even during the worst of days of history – then as now – individuals have stepped up to make a difference, communities have rallied together, unlikely heroes have emerged, and resilient art forms have flowered, inspired and informed by the shared experience endured.” So join us a week from now for Odd Salon: RESILIENT! Tickets are FREE, though if you decide to to purchase a ticket to support Odd Salon during our unexpected hiatus, THERE BE PERKS. Please support this community by joining us for this grand digital adventure.
TO THE INTERNET!
Maybe you’re not following the current Elon Musk “red pill” tweet saga, wherein he plays “Twitter footsie with the fringe right,” but I am, cuz his partner Grimes’s mom is Canadian journalist Sandy Garossino, and she does NOT mess around. And btw, if you’re wondering how one of the creators of The Matrix responded to his tweet and the Daughter-in-Chief’s response, know that Lilly Wachowski is NOT having any of this. Also, you should read Emily VanDerWeff on “How The Matrix universalized a trans experience.”
Speaking of “2020, can you just not?”: The media is helping Trump turn the bogus ‘Obamagate’ into the 2020 version of Clinton’s emails.
I have had bully bosses, so I read this HBR piece on why some managers bully their top performers with relish. And one of the key takeaways from how to prevent insecure managers with “social dominance orientation” is one that applies to so many workplace corrective mechanisms: leadership MUST come from the top to discourage this kind of behavior and prevent turnover.
The family text chain was discussing where everyone was when Mount St. Helens erupted 40 years ago, so do listen to this NPR piece on how batpoop insane it must have been to feel it hundreds of miles away.
And finally, in sending in this article, Friend of the Missive Colin A. reminded me of my first week at Princeton in 2002, when I saw a guy in a full Madras suit walking around campus and turned to my friend and asked if it was a costume: J Crew, Brooks Brothers and the decline of American prep style.
Y’all are great. Be kind to each other.