Things I’m Verbing: CPAC crashers, gene editors and eating for money

You can’t help but click on a story titled “The Case for Becoming a Hermit” in this day and age. It’s actually a well-written book review that makes me wish it answered the questions it raises, but for my part, the response was almost ravenously quick. There are still good things out in the world,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: CPAC crashers, gene editors and eating for money”

Things I’m Verbing: Syncretism, solidarity and straight lines

My Jewish high school got a bomb threat today but thankfully the police were able to assure everyone that Ivanka is a Jew — Sarah Lazarus (@sarahclazarus) February 27, 2017 Lots of antisemitism around social media right now, with many people outraged that “no one is talking about this” and “why isn’t this screaming fromContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Syncretism, solidarity and straight lines”

Things I’m Verbing: Rebel librarians, CEO presidents and lost boys who need to wander back

We have stripes. I don’t know why I’m amazed by this fact, but human people have stripes! Bless, Mental Floss, this really brightened my day. https://twitter.com/designer_dick/status/832954482090708996 Other things that brighten my day: confirmation bias. And I don’t just mean backup for my apprehension about gyms. Laurie Penny, who has been writing about Milo Yiannopoulos long and deeplyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Rebel librarians, CEO presidents and lost boys who need to wander back”

Things I’m Verbing: Singing fish, skeleton keys and apocalypse crystals

Again, the pace of daily news overwhelms me — are we still talking about Kellyanne Conway? If not, it’s a bit of a shame, if only because I was really looking forward to sharing Erin Gloria Ryan’s recent New York Times op-ed, which includes language so amazing, I can’t resist it even now, when we’ve allContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Singing fish, skeleton keys and apocalypse crystals”

Things I’m Verbing: Innovations in linguistics, the history of fear and TSA-proofing your phone

Yet again, where do we even start? Before we dive in, let me share a good hour of nature sounds you can play in the background as you absorb the news. This one’s only an hour, as opposed to 10, but it’s lovely: My very favorite is the crackling fireplace, but I’m always on the lookoutContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Innovations in linguistics, the history of fear and TSA-proofing your phone”

Things I’m Verbing: Lunch ladies, wonder pigs and existential bread

I’m a magazine gal at heart — daily news is not my preferred speed, addicted as I am to news Twitter. Almost as if proving my point, the links I had been saving since last week have become, well, not irrelevant but deep backstory by now, particularly in the thread starting from Michael Flynn discussing sanctions withContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Lunch ladies, wonder pigs and existential bread”

Things I’m Verbing: Nasty women, the privacy paradox and intersectional hummus

Thanks to Bim Adewunmi, I know that the world can survive anything, because once upon a time in the ’50s, Josephine Baker (a literal spy for the French Resistance!) and Eartha Kitt (to-Mrs. Johnson’s-face Vietnam critic! this!), two Black women so extraordinary and marvelous as to defy superlatives, were in the same room together and the universe didn’tContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Nasty women, the privacy paradox and intersectional hummus”

Things I’m Verbing: Free speech, werewolf handbooks and the 3.5 percent

I had jury duty on Thursday; happily (sorry, civic duty), I wasn’t selected from the pool, but actually happily, that meant I walked out of the Brooklyn courthouse right into the Yemeni-American Bodega Strike. It was stunning and beautiful. I’ll let this video speak for itself: View this post on Instagram "JUSTICE! NOW!" #bodegastrike AContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Free speech, werewolf handbooks and the 3.5 percent”

Things I’m Verbing: Distractions, messages from abroad and the Mother of Exiles

I… look, I’m just as overwhelmed and wild-eyed as anyone, gang. Thank goodness for What the Fuck Just Happened Today?, at least, because as one might expect from a DDoS on American democracy, there is just A Lot. Trying to write in 2017. pic.twitter.com/W7fh01SXpd — Mary Ann Marlowe (@maryannmarlowe) January 31, 2017 Getting real tiredContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Distractions, messages from abroad and the Mother of Exiles”

Things I’m Verbing: Vichy Democrats, Jewish allyship and some cute, smart dogs

The left: Should we punch nazis? Did that Barron joke cross a line? Is La La Land actually bad? The right: We just dismantled the New Deal. — Alex Fernie (@FernieCommaAlex) January 24, 2017 Hey, some week! Right? Right? It's extremely hard to be productive when you're constantly monitoring social media for the latest threatContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Vichy Democrats, Jewish allyship and some cute, smart dogs”