It’s important to cultivate a few irrational beliefs, and one of mine is that Tuesday is the strangest day of the week. I suspect many of us of a certain age could blame David Wiesner for this, though I’m also of an age where I blame it more squarely on Tori Amos. Either way, Tuesday should always be when things start. End of irrational beliefs mission statement.
I like to share links. Every few days, I’m going to share about five things that are really moving me and pushing me somewhere, journalistically, story-wise or just plain because they’re amazing or entertaining. To start:
- Popular Mechanics highlighted the Croatian Sea Organ, which sounds something like Tom Waits doing whale cabaret.
- Javier Munoz, the Sunday “Javilton” of Hamilton, spoke to Vulture about what it’s like to have such a close creative partnership with actual genius Lin-Manuel Miranda and what he did when he finds out celebrities, including the president and first lady, are in the audience.
- Aeon has a great, easy-to-understand essay up about exactly why English is so weird.
- I have a lot of thoughts to unravel about the Forward‘s personal essay by Anthony Russell, in which he, as a gay black man married to a rabbi and performing in Yiddish, challenges preconceptions of Jewishness and of yiddishkeit.
- McSweeney’s wrote about why grammar is important. It seems like a silly, pedantic tirade against passive voice, but make it to the end. It proves its point.