Some Ideas from People Who Aren’t Me

Hey frands,

How’s life? How’s your year getting started? I’m gonna try a new thing this year where I occasionally post about whatever I’ve been reading, watching or listening to online. I try to take in a good variety of information and ideas. It makes life more enjoyable and reminds me that not only am I not alone in the world, I’m also not that important. There are so many people out there doing good and interesting things, asking important questions, offering valuable perspectives, and putting goodness into the world. So here’s some of what I’ve encountered recently that seems worth sharing.

For starters, Melissa Villasenor, who is one of my favorite comics, posted a new standup clip this week, and I love it. She’s just so wholesome and relatable.

I don’t know why, but people keep reminding me that this exists, and at first I was like, “Why?” And then I was like, “Oh, I see…” And then I was like, “Okay, that’s enough…” But you know, it’s good to be reminded. Techno Chicken is important.

My friend Kate sent me this on-point article in The New Yorker: The electable female candidate was raised on a farm in the middle of Central Park.

Is Your Journalism a Luxury or Necessity? A friend of mine who’s in a graduate journalism program shared this. Key sentence: “It’s not that journalists don’t know how to provide actionable information; we do this all the time, just only for certain people.” This is a powerful idea, y’all.

And speaking of powerful journalism, Baltimore Beat is doing real work. Take a look at their list of Government Meetings and Activist, Social Justice Work happening in the Baltimore area this month. I would especially like to highlight the Jan. 19th event that says, “This is a space to gather resources, share strategies, and practice the skills needed for white folks to take responsibility for educating themselves and confronting racism in their own communities.” I wish every city in the world had an event like this.

Anna Weiner gets compared to Joan Didion, which is like a nonfiction writer’s wet dream, so I was initially envious, and then I found out what her book is about, and I’m like , “Yeah dude, you earned that comparison. Savor it.” I never worked in Startupville and stay mostly behind the scenes in my own company, but I’ve gotten a peek into that life. To be able to live it and simultaneously have enough perspective to write about it is honestly a feat unto itself. I plan on reading her book.

Any living feminist would have been able to tell you, but here’s scientific evidence that the vast majority of women who have abortions don’t regret it and feel certain that they did the right thing. Why? I’m not sure, but I suspect it has to do with being sentient beings who are capable of making complex decisions.

Ok, that was fun! Have a nice weekend!




Mitch McConnel is still a spineless ne’er-do-well, and the only explanation for his behavior is that Putin’s got a hold of his tender bits. In case y’all hadn’t noticed.

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