Friday, July 19, 2019

Weekend Reading: The Off Enjoying Summer Edition

Posting is going to be even sparser than usual around here for the next month or so because... well, because summer. Summer has always been one of my favorite seasons. Yes, even when I lived in Arizona, although that might be because I was a child or young adult with summers off when I live in Arizona! Summer is more complicated now that I'm a working parent. Our schedule is actually harder in the summer than in the school year, because my kids can walk to school - and home from school in a pinch - but they can't walk to camp. Camps have earlier pick up times, even if you carefully select for camps that are open past 3 p.m. Here in San Diego, the YMCA camps are some of the most parent-friendly, and they close at 5:30 p.m. School after care closes at 6, and as I mentioned above, in a pinch we can just tell our kids to walk home after school and wait for us at home.

But still, I remain convinced that summer should be a fun season and we're doing our best to pack our summer with fun. So, there will be fewer posts. But I'll be back!

I do have a few links for you this week.

First up, I finally wrote up the thoughts on "big trips" that were prompted by reading Rowing to Latitude.

I sent out my final edition of Inbox Stories.

I'm still looking for advance readers for The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King.

In other links:

If you read only one thing this week, make it Adam Serwer's essay: What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever. I don't agree that if we fail to make a truly multiracial democracy that it won't happen anywhere - I think Canada and New Zealand are both trying hard on this front, for instance. But I do think a failure here will be felt profoundly everywhere. And a failure here will be a tragedy for us.

Matt Yglesias' piece about the con that Trump's racism helps hide is also worth your time.

Did you know that tacos al pastor came from the fusion of shawarma with Mexican cuisine? I didn't, and I LOVE tacos al pastor!

In recommended listening: I really enjoyed Krista Tippet's interview with relationships therapist Esther Perel.

I can't really say I enjoyed Ezra Klein's interview with religious conservative Rod Dreher, but it was interesting and informative and I'm glad I stuck it out even when I was annoyed by Dreher's refusal to really engage with Klein's attempt to get him to address some common liberal criticisms of the religious right. 

As upsetting as the people chanting at that Trump rally this week were, don't forget there are people like this, too:

This made me laugh:

This is lovely:

Happy weekend, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. As always, I appreciate your notes on how you handle the kids and their scheduling, it helps me get a sense of things we'll have to face when the time comes.


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