Don't worry, I'm trying to leave space for some recreation, too. For instance, I went for a delightful rollerblade today, although it was a windy one. The wind was blowing in the marine layer, so I got to rollerblade into the marine layer, which was fun. A guy biking past asked me if I thought that was rain we were heading towards. I said no, it was just the marine layer and he looked at me funny. He must have been a tourist or a recent transplant to San Diego! There were also a lot of birds out today. I saw an egret and pelicans, which I don't think I've ever seen before at the bay. It was a good outing.
Anyhow, on to the links. I have some older ones stored up from last week, too, since I didn't write a weekend reading post last week.
This article by Max Boot about how he used to dismiss "white male privilege" but the Trump era has changed his mind is sort of extraordinary. I saw a lot of people on Twitter rolling their eyes a bit at the fact that it took a catastrophe like this to get him to listen to women and people of color about their lives, and I understand that response. But I also understand how hard it is to see the issues when the structure of society hides them from you, and I guess I am glad he (and others like him) are acknowledging what they can see now that Trumpism has ripped away some of the polite veneer and exposed the ugly attitudes that many people still hold.
I found Josh Marshall's perspective on 2018 very helpful. More generally, I've found his editorials and the explainer/synthesis of what we know pieces (available to TPM subscribers only, so I haven't linked to them) he's done in the last year very useful for keeping me from grounded about what is going on.
Someone finally did the "visit to anti-Trump country" piece, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it is less satisfying than you might think to read.
This article about a stepping show at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is really good, and worth taking some time to think about.
Like many women, I found Eva Hagberg Fisher's "How I Learned to Look Believable" quietly devastating.
If you haven't read the Washington Post story about how Lucy Kalanithi and John Duberstein met and fell in love... you should. It is heart-breaking and beautiful and hopeful.
This piece about work-life balance at Patagonia is interesting.
I found this short Cool Mom Tech piece about raising good digital citizens useful.
The Belt Revivals series from Belt Publishing looks really interesting!
This podcast looks interesting!
@LettersOfNote thought you might be interested in this thread and in this podcast. would love to share this with your followers! https://t.co/nzAurUmFkz— Jessica Stahl (@jrstahl) January 4, 2018
I didn't listen to many podcasts this week, but I did listen to and enjoy Ezra Klein's interview with Jon Favreau.
Perfectly timed photo captures the moment a flock of starlings took the shape of a giant bird.— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) January 2, 2018
Photo by Daniel Bieber. pic.twitter.com/UWfbM1NDlK
Happy weekend, everyone