While I Will Not Tolerate Doodle Slander, I Will Acknowledge That Orca Is Basically If Monster Energy Drink Was A Dog That Likes To Chase.
Y’ALL, it’s Friday, I have the first cold I’ve had in over two years (have tested negative for the ‘vid three times now, but am stuffed up) and I’m wondering if I can have a chicken carcass from Whole Foods delivered to my apartment so I can make soup. Yes, that is the state I am in.
Anyhoo, HERE’S SOME READING!
Emily St. John Mandel, Sea of Tranquility - Am only three chapters in on this one, but am devouring it. I love everything Mandel has written and can’t wait to chew through this one.
Suzanne Clores, Their Family Business? The Other Dimension. (The New York Times) - Have I sent this article already? I can’t remember! But anyways, this is an amazing story about the challenges of running legacy organizations throughout the years, only this one is a parapsychology library, “a staggering archive of books, scholarly papers, photographs, letters and some 600 videos documenting the broad and complicated field of parapsychology in the 20th century.”
Paul Kiel, Ash Ngu, Jesse Eisinger and Jeff Ernsthausen, America’s Highest Earners And Their Taxes Revealed (ProPublica) - a GORGEOUS visual representation of the insane concentration of wealth in 400 Americans, and the infuriating fact that they probably pay less taxes than you do.
Miriam Berger, What is the Wagner Group, the Russian mercenary entity in Ukraine? (Washington Post) - Oh cool, the mercenary organization committing much of the atrocities in Ukraine is led by “a former head of Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency… believed be a Nazi sympathizer and may have named the group after the German composer Richard Wagner, whose work Adolf Hitler revered.” COOLCOOLCOOLCOOLCOOL, ugh.
Sue Halpern, The First Defense Against Trump’s Assault on Democracy (The New Yorker) - If you’re not following attorney Marc Elias on Twitter, you should, and if you do, you should read this profile on his pro-democracy legal ferocity.
Liz Krieger, The Ubiquity of the ‘Pumpkin Spice of Dogs’ (The Cut) - Sent in by fellow doodle owner and Friend of the Missive Shmuel (SO WE’RE ALLOWED TO MAKE FUN OF THEM, OK), this piece makes some good points about some of the disinformation about doodles being spread by irresponsible breeders, but it also is a nice reminder of why these puppers are so well-loved. And yes, I do attend the monthly Doodle Romp in San Francisco, because Orca needs to see all of her buddies, ok? Also, don’t get me started about how the use of “pumpkin spice” as a term indicating that something is “basic” as a way of criticizing something that women think is cool… oh wait, I’ve already done that rant here.
Hey, you’re swell! Drink some water, wash your hands, wear a mask (to prevent colds, because WOOF, this sucks) and be kind to yourself, won’t you?