So far the most surprising, beautiful sentence in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power. It’s about his wife and part of one of the meta-essays that introduce his previously published essays in this collection. Some have aged better than others, but the meta-essays alone are worth the read alone. Man, that guy can write.
On-point analysis of Michelle Wolf’s
speech roast at the White House Correspondents Dinner by Rhonda Garelick at The Cut:
Yes, it’s a sexist epithet, using a slur against women (“bitch”) to equate feminine behavior with inadequacy. But beyond that lay Wolf’s greater point: The White House currently resembles a misogynist dystopia, but the press has some complicity in this. The press complains, but they return again and again to that briefing room, asking questions as if they might ever get a straight answer, as if this were a normal White House that hadn’t declared the free press “an enemy of the people.” And so, in level four of her insult sequence, Michelle Wolf directed her comedic firepower not at her ostensible target, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but at every member of her audience.
Over on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings’ blog, Jude Dineley writes about possibilities of fact-checking:
Fact-checking is also, however, a chance to document issues more thoroughly than in routine news reporting. An important goal of journalists is to cover all points of view to maintain impartiality. However this, along with increasingly under-resourced newsrooms and tight deadlines, can ironically result in false balance and misleading coverage. Coverage of climate change is a classic example.
The Posh Club has everything: Elvis impersonators, 50 rockabilly, men in braces and cravats, vintage crockery, caberet, and crutches.:
“We’re the only club event in the world where someone was rushed to the hospital because they forgot to take their drugs.”
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Yet, despite the widening of the general frame, Orientalism still reigns; though it’s not as brazen, its subtle forms are everywhere.
Philip Metres reflects upon Edward Said, Othering, and the representation of Arabs in US culture.
A sentence like a punch.
From Sheryl Lunas “Neighbors Smoke on an Apartment Porch Owned by a Mental Health Agency” Poetry Magazine, January 2018
Against hatred and intolerance we need education and civil courage. This is what Nobel science and Nobel peace is about.
Bishop emeritus Gunnar Stålsett, in a speech at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.
what if there were a room. or if there weren’t. where violence, history
and euphoria met within and preceded a body.
“Room for a Counter Interior”
“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, (…) tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”