For starters this week…Ted Cruz and the rest of the do nothing congress can suck it. You lose. I’d do a little dance about how useless this bloviating GOP kabuki theater was…But unfortunately it cost the tax payer billions so, yeah, tell us again how you’re all so fiscally conservative. Jerks.
On a lighter note, I discovered The Baffler. I mean, I did a lot more than that…But I was delighted to discover The Baffler because I am slowly trying to replace my diet of headline news sources with more thoughtful news, analysis, and writing from smarter people.
From their About page:
The Baffler, est. 1988, is a printed and digital magazine of art and criticism appearing three times annually—spring, summer, and fall. We’re headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts; edited by John Summers, Thomas Frank, and Chris Lehmann; designed by Patrick Flynn; distributed by MIT Press; and delivered to subscribers and bookstores in all fifty U.S. states.
I highly recommend Facebook Feminism, Like It or Not in the most recent edition. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning, female journalist Susan Faludi, it does an incredible job of explaining what’s so hollow and upsetting about Sheryl Sandberg’s whole shtick. If you are like me and thought: “I’m not sure why…But this Lean In business bothers me.” Susan’s essay will provide really great talking points the next time somebody at a dinner party insinuates your disdain has anything to do with being a misogynist.
Speaking of misogyny, my favorite rhetorical sparring partner over at the Simple Justice blog was in the thick of it this week while in a debate over the merits of pending ‘Revenge Porn’ statutes. I should point out, Scott’s not a misogynist, but I shall not attempt to outline the finer points of the legal debate because I’m not qualified. I intersected with the conversation when the mystery of whether it is possible for someone to manipulate Google search results arose. It’s an interesting conversation about law, legal academia, and technology that I believe is worth checking out.
On a more personal note, tonight will be the last full moon I will see as a single man. On November 17th I will finally marry the woman of my dreams. Most people who know Jackie know I am genuinely punching above my weight…But that hyperbole is actually an understatement. She brings grace, class, thoughtfulness, love, and affection into my life in a way I didn’t even know was possible, let alone believe I was eligible for.