I write you from John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, where I’m waiting for the second day in a row to see if a nor’easter will keep my dinky plane from landing at LaGuardia. It’s been a good visit home, but a bit of a rough one — we’re clearing out my parents’ house so my dad can move next month. That means sorting through all kinds of artifacts and memorabilia, one of which was my grandfather’s 1959 edition of Gray’s Anatomy. Good thing we did; my cousin found three pristine front pages from the 1960s, two of the moon landing and one on the assassination of JFK.
You rarely get to see these things in 3-D; the backs of the moon landing page especially were fascinating (particularly given my love of Hidden Figures):
We also found New Yorker medical ethicist and essayist Dr. Atul Gawande, who grew up down the street from me, in my sister’s middle-school yearbook. Uh, I might wait to share that with the world — he might have something to say about that picture.
Other ways in which the world is moving backward, bad and good!
- Trump, in typically vindictive fashion, responded to the Women’s March by savaging access to reproductive health care worldwide. On Facebook too, one conservative woman’s response to the campaign, claiming that she doesn’t need it, has gone viral. Two good posts on Medium rebut that view, one gently (“To Christy on Facebook, who doesn’t need the Women’s March” by Susan Speer) and one forcefully (“You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry.” by Dina Leygerman).
- See also, from the Washington Post, “She’s 54, white, rural and a lifelong Republican. Why is she protesting Donald Trump?“
- Meanwhile, news organizations are getting some appropriate fight back in them. I was thrilled to see the New York Times get this savage: “With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift.” From NPR, pair with “We Cannot Tolerate Legal and Personal Attacks on Journalists For Doing Their Jobs.”
- Bringing it way back, Hyperallergic points to a University of Michigan archive of more than 2,000 radical posters from the late 19th and early 20th century.
- Xiaolu Guo thought she knew what she could look forward to when she moved from China to London on a filmmaking scholarship. What followed was a years-long confrontation with identity and assimilation. This is a beautiful excerpt from her memoir Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up in the Guardian.
Stay brave, friends.
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