- If you missed “33 and Never Been Kissed” at the Establishment last week, you’re in store for an amazing and very brave piece of writing.
- An interactive from the Cleveland Plain Dealer shows that 8 out of 10 of Ohio’s largest cities are in economic distress. Most of the rest of the state is too — my home county, Athens, always among the very poorest, scores at nearly 79 out of 100. Just in case Gov. John Kasich is still looking like any kind of good option at all as president. See also: “The Violent Remaking of Appalachia,” which destroyed large portions of the areas around me growing up, even before you get into fracking.
- Jackie Robinson versus the Donald Trump of his day. Key quote: “No Republican candidate since Goldwater has earned support from more than 15 percent of black voters.”
- “Does simply engaging in a Jewish space render one unfit to do justice work?” This was a real question posed after transgender activist Janet Mock was persuaded not to appear at a non-Jewish, non-Israel-related event co-sponsored and hosted by Brown University’s Hillel last week. If you want a conversation we’re not really having (outside of Jewish activist social media, at least), consider what it means to be Jewish within social justice spaces.
- If all this is too real on an already difficult day, consider Atlas Obscura‘s great “The Linguistic Appeal of ‘Garbage Person,’ The Internet’s Favorite Insult.”