Things I’m Verbing: English, Yiddish and whale cabaret

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, from a weekend day trip that included the Cloisters, some really A+ ramen and a long stroll past Columbia and Barnard. Sometimes the perfect light happens, and you get to be grateful that iPhone cameras have come so very far.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, from a weekend day trip that included the Cloisters, some really A+ ramen and a long stroll past Columbia and Barnard. Sometimes the perfect light happens, and you get to be grateful that iPhone cameras have come so very far.

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.
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