Subject line from “Twin-Sized Mattress” by the Front Bottoms
Here we are, another Monday another fight to move forward.
We’re in lives of constant change, and aside from the big obvious ones – moving to college, getting a new job, having a kid – we often can’t tell what is changing in our lives until it is already changed. The floodwaters wash over us, taking things with them, and we can’t tell what’s gone until everything is dry again.
Which is, you know, kind of terrifying.
Not knowing what you are losing until it’s gone. Every day. Forever.
So appreciate all the things that you have today.
IT’S THE SMALL THINGS
- The tiny local publisher that just won a Pulitzer.
- The small town in California that’s banking its future on marijuana, with a mayor that “swears constantly and smokes off-brand cigarettes.”
- The microbes in leaves and how they reveal the greater leaf network that is at work in the organisms, begging greater metaphors about the self and society.
- The 2 foot tall puppets taking over Instagram.
- “The small ways in which we seek to own one another’s bodies, and about the desire for our relationships with others to leave visible marks on us, to follow us tangible out into the world beyond a private encounter.”
AND ALSO THE BIG THINGS
- Same-sex couples can now adopt foster children in all 50 states
- How to train yourself to monotask again.
- The new study that found social media does not seem to be the cause of increasing political polarization after all – polarization is accelerating fastest in those using the internet the least.
- “No one knows about my abortion. I feel like a criminal.”
- The Feminine Heroic – the desire to be safe vs the desire to be stimulated.
- What it means to have politics in the bedroom under the new political regime.
- “Literature’s grand mission is to tell the complicated truths about what it means to be human, but the most powerful proof that any write has achieved that lofty goal is in the humble phrase: me too.”
- The Society of Woman Geographers, for “only women who have really done things.”
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