So without further ado, this week's links
I found this Matt Yglesias article about the book Democracy for Realists simultaneously fascinating and depressing.
Even more depressing: Mother Jones' investigation into how Trump took hate groups into the mainstream.
Josh Marshall has written quite a bit about this, too. Here is a recent post that is good, but scary.
John Scalzi's endorsement of Hillary Clinton is really thorough and well-thought out.
This Tenure, She Wrote post about the wider problem of harassment and misogyny reminded me of how often the guys in my classes "joked" that I'd slept my way to my good grades. I learned to laugh it off. I kept getting good grades. But these comments and the comments about how I won scholarships because I was a woman are definitely there in the imaginary trunk of horrible sexist crap I've put up with that I keep locked up in my head.
This horrible election has broken my imaginary trunk wide open. I suspect it has done the same for many, many women, which is why my timeline is full of women describing all the various ways men have assaulted them. I guess it is good that this is getting out there, but it really is emotionally exhausting. I am finding it hard to concentrate on my work or enjoy time with my kids. I've tried turning away, but the news leaks in. And it is too late, the trunk is open. And I keep looking at my 9.5 year old and thinking how soon all of this garbage is coming for her. I need to process the contents of that trunk so I can be ready for that. So, like I wrote yesterday, I'm trying to focus on the encouraging things I'm seeing, but it is hard. I have never wanted an election to be over so much.
I wanted to find some happier links to share. I don't have much.
Here's a story about some new cave drawings found in the Basque region of Spain. One of the bits of European language history that most fascinates me is Basque, which has no "relatives" in the language family tree. We can only speculate that at one point, before the Celts took over large swaths of Europe (and before they themselves were largely displaced by the Romans and the Germanic tribes), there were lots of people speaking a language related to Basque. And maybe they left us cave drawings! I think that is cool.
This is a nifty idea for a game.
I'm running my first ever giveaway on my Tungsten Hippo blog. It is for a novella the author calls "slapstick with B movie monsters." If that sounds fun, enter the giveaway.
This tweet about Bob Dylan's Nobel prize is perfect.
Literature purists right now are experiencing the same feelings of loss that chemists do every year a biologist wins the chemistry Nobel. 😫— BetsyB (@betsyphd) October 13, 2016
And some grace to end on, courtesy of Bad Mom, Good Mom, who sent me the link: beautiful and fascinating photos of the flight paths of birds.
Also, a giant wombat kept showing up in my Twitter feed, so I'll share it with you:
World's oldest & biggest wombat weighs 40 kilograms & turns 31 years old today. Happy birthday Patrick. pic.twitter.com/LPqeOlTKPb— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) October 14, 2016
And now I'm off to rollerblade in the sunshine by the bay. I wish I had more happy links this week. Feel free to add some in the comments if you have them!