The Wednesday Four

Sorry this is late! Doctor’s appointments and leaking upstairs neighbor bathrooms always get in the way (not on the same day, though, and luckily no lasting damage to my bathroom).

Week 24 marked the first 100 days of 45’s regime. I’m currently rereading The Handmaid’s Tale and when I got to the section of the novel where Offred talks about how her world went from normal to an authoritarian regime, what struck me was how insidious it was. One day things seemed normal, and the next day too, but when you look back you see how dramatically things changed, but at the time you barely even noticed until something dramatic (in her case it was a bankcard not working and then losing her job) happens to you. I struggle, sometimes, to keep myself cynical enough to be aware that what’s happening in this country, in the United States, is not normal. In the novel Atwood talks about how humans adapt, how people normalize what’s going on around them because it’s how we survive and much of Offred’s story is about exactly that. And I worry that we, as a country and as individuals, are doing the same thing. That’s why I will continue to share Amy Siskind’s links/commentary as long as she posts them. We need these reminders.

Now, onto my links.

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Taken by me on a walk.

The Wednesday Four (12/21/16)

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it. Here are three politic-related (in a way) links and one that is not.

The Wednesday Four (6/22/16)

Happy Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade Day! I wish I was in Cleveland. Onto the links.

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2016 NBA Champions (c) Cavs

The Wednesday Four

It’s been a while. Have some links. The DiCaprio interview reminded me why he used to be my favorite actor. Also, I do want to see his new movie, The Revenant, though I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll be seeing it alone.

  • Speak Up!: A Graphic Account of Roxane Gay and Erica Jong’s Uncomfortable Conversation (Electric Literature)

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Lake Michigan Fury (c) Tom Gill

The Wednesday Four (09/23/15)

Today’s theme is sports and amazing ladies. Enjoy!

  • Wheels Up The fast, bruising life of Lizzie Armanto (California Sunday Magazine)

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Armanto (photo (c) Julian Bleecker)

The Wednesday Four (09/16/15)

That third link is a really long read, set aside some time for it.

  • The Lost Man In 1948, a man was found on a beach in South Australia. The mysterious circumstances of his death have captivated generations of true-crime fanatics. Today, one amateur sleuth has come close to solving the case — and upended his life in the process. (California Sunday Magazine)

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 The road (photo (c) Greg Johnston)

The Wednesday Four (09/09/15)

I hope everyone had a nice, long Labor Day weekend, if you celebrate it, that is (or, you know, live in the US). We have new New York Times links today. And yes, before you ask, I am a Serena Williams fan.

  • Like It’s 1999: On Serena Williams’s Dominance and the Passage of Time (Grantland)
  • The Agency: From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities. (NYTimes)

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Serena Williams  Day 9 action at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open. (photo (c) mirsasha)