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This was an intense week in the news. If you have been shying from the news finding it overwhelming or polarizing, I highly recommend you get back into one cause that means something to you, do your homework, and call your representatives. This is not a time to sit back and hope, or figure if it's not in your backyard you don't have to worry.
For the first time in history, a U.S. president has been charged with a felony. There is corruption in the Supreme Court, a disregard for democracy in Tennessee (though there's some hope), attacks on trans athletes, attacks on drag, attacks on education, attacks on books, attacks on abortion and those who help those who have one, while granting more freedoms to own and carry guns.
Your voice matters. Your email, your phone call, your vote, your body… they all make a difference. And the more of us who use our voice and physically stand up to fight for democracy, justice, and human rights, the more power we hold.
Weekend Reads #241
It’s more than just a dress. (Authentically Emmie)
How GPS weakens memory—and what we can do about it. (Scientific American)
Why do we forget after catastrophic events? (Your Local Epidemiologist)
A surprising (and growing) gender gap in the most dangerous jobs. (Washington Post – gift article)
Is therapy-speak making us selfish? (Bustle)
My ugly bathroom. (The Paris Review)
The real-life families that could have inspired Succession. (Town & Country)
The agony of putting your life on hold to care for your parents. (New York Times – gift article)
The unexpected grief of a hysterectomy. (The New Yorker)
And for my local yokels: A Maryland school gets new panther mascots, courtesy of a graduate. (Washington Post – gift article)
Yellowjackets is back for Season 2 on Showtime, and this show intrigues me so much I pay for Showtime just to see it. So many layers, so many questions, so many amazing actresses, so many times I think I have a grip on what's happening and then I realize I had it all wrong.
For those unfamiliar, Yellowjackets is about a 1996 high school girls' soccer team whose plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. The show flips between the past and present, how what happened in the wilderness is still affecting the survivors today. With a star-studded cast that includes Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, and Melanie Lynskey, and a soundtrack that is utter perfection, it's an intense show that will have you thinking and questioning all week until the next episode.
For Your Entertainment
Caroline Polachek was originally known for her band, Chairlift. But after disbanding in 2017, the American singer-songwriter-producer has been been a solo creator, and released her second album earlier this year. Her latest video for her single “Smoke” isn't my jam (I love super creative movie-like videos) but I can't get the song out of my head.
Last week's Weekend Reads