Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham roughly translates to "sometimes happy, sometimes sad" and that seems to fit this week's links. Also, I watched the movie last night! More on that below.
Anyway, I created a storify of the watchalong, so check that out... and next time, consider joining in the fun.
Also, I've posted an excerpt of Don't Call It Bollywood. I picked the chapter about the difference in movie-watching style and expectations for audience behavior between Western and Hindi films. It is one of my favorite parts of the book, and is a good representation of how reading the book will change how you view the films.
Finally, I sent out the link to advance review copies for Academaze, so if you think you volunteered to be a reviewer but didn't get an email from me, let me know.
OK, on to the other links.
While I was enjoying the high quality escapism of Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham, the Trump rally in San Jose degenerated into violence. I am scared for my country. I still think we'll defeat him at the ballot box, but I am frightened by the violence he has unleashed, and the legitimacy he has given to hate speech. I worry about how his supporters will react when he loses. I worry the win won't be convincing enough to send the message that there is no place for the hatred and xenophobia he espouses. And mostly, I am just sickened by and angry at the mainstream Republican leaders who are enabling him. In my opinion, they have no place in public office, because they have shown that either they care more about their own power than our democracy or that they are fools. Or both.
And here's Josh Marshall on why we need to prosecute the people who committed violent acts in San Jose, regardless of which side they were on.
Maybe when (if?) we survive this test to our society, we can work on convincing the angry white men (and, to a lesser extent, women) who make up the core of Trump's support that there is a place for them in the diverse society we've become, and that this is a better society for all of us than the one they are nostalgic for. I mean that. Deriding their feelings of loss and hopelessness might feel good, but will not help us make a peaceful transition to the better society we can be. Yes, they should just get with the program, but there are clearly enough of them to be a threat to the rest of us, so it doesn't really matter what they should do. We need to deal strategically with what they are doing.
That's enough of that.
We've got an antibiotic resistence problem brewing, and it is showing up in UTIs. This is another thing that scares me.
Listeners complained there were too many stories about women in a history podcast... but only ~20% of the stories were about women.
Jessica Abel's essay on changing her personal business model is a really good read, even if (and perhaps especially if) you don't think you have a personal business model.
I really loved this essay about the Jennifer Berman club.
This story about Hokule'a, the Hawaiian canoe sailing around the world by the stars, is great.
Speaking of Hamilton...
-Did you read him his Miranda rights?— John Moe (@johnmoe) May 26, 2016
-His LIN-MANUEL Miranda rights?
(sigh) (puts on costume) "How does a suspect, defendant--"
I want to visit this place:
Sunset in a life-sized LEGO landscape, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 2012. pic.twitter.com/mqAIDUIWW5— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) June 3, 2016
Happy weekend, everyone!