Good morning, pals. We made it through the week?
I have not yet read the words in this piece, I am hardly even sure what it’s about, but the photos are 💯 : Hasan Minhaj looking fine in many different outfits
“[Adidas] said Thursday it will provide
, nicknames, imagery or symbolism.” free design resources to schools looking to shelve Native American mascots
At least ten different people sent me this wonderful story , which tells me I’ve done a bang-up job making friends on the internet:
One of the first things he’d needed to know about me was if I’d ever been to Australia. I haven’t, I told him, and he beamed and shook his head. “You’d love it,” he declared. A puzzled pause hung in the air while I frantically tried to deduce what about my bearing projects that I would love Australia, and Johnson remembered that he didn’t actually know anything about me (yet), except that I’d never been to Australia. Which made him want to learn everything. Among the many, many things Dwayne Johnson wondered: what high school I went to, if I’d ever been to the Oscars, how I chose my college, if I had “a big party” when I graduated from that college, what my sleep schedule is like, if I believe in ghosts, if I needed a ladder to access a tree house I visited one time, if my dad is black—wait, what?
How did Dwayne Johnson know?
Patricia Lockwood talked to Mallory Ortberg for Lit Hub and it was all kinds of wonderful.
Bless in this darkest of timelines. Matt Lubchansky and The Nib
“The girls finished 12th in an 18-team league in their debut season. But as the team improved, and began to beat boys’ teams with more regularity, its progress generated unpleasant reactions .”
Betsy DeVos was met with “deafening boos” during her speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically Black college, on Wednesday.
More than a dozen graduates stood with their backs to DeVos throughout the entirety of her speech. Some members of the crowd were escorted from the room with their fists raised in the black power symbol. Chants of “hell nah” rang out as DeVos spoke about the “different life experiences” of those in the crowd. . . . Perhaps the loudest boos came when DeVos mentioned her plans to visit the gravesite of the school’s founder and namesake, Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneering educator and civil rights activist who is deeply beloved on the 3,600-student campus.
How Comey’s firing is and isn’t like Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre :
On October 19, 1973, the former Nixon White House counsel John Dean pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cover up the Watergate affair, and agreed to become a witness for the prosecution—for Cox. On Tuesday, Dean reflected on the Comey firing and told my colleague Jane Mayer, “I’d have thought they’d have let the man walk out under his own power. But Trump, I guess, always has to play the strong guy.”
“By doing this, though,” Dean continued, “they’ve raised so many questions. How can you conclude anything but that Trump knows he’s got problems? . . . Every move they make keeps signalling ‘coverup.’”
I mean, that is what we’re all wondering.
Can’t you just let us have THIS ONE THING, National Archives?
Vinson Cunningham on and the case for Black English. John McWhorter’s Talking Back, Talking Black
hmmm: There’s an old Korean saying that my mother is fond of repeating: “You have nothing to fear from someone who threatens that he is going to kill you tomorrow.” In other words, if the speaker’s true intention were to kill you, he would have done it already. He would not have told you he was going to do it, unless he’s socially maladjusted or a natural over-sharer. There would be no reference to “tomorrow.” He’s not going to kill you tomorrow; he is not going to kill you at all. The mere fact that he said such a thing makes him an unreliable narrator.
It’s the same with people who tell everyone that they are working on a book.
Yes hello Meryl Streep and Stephen Sondheim shooting the shit should replace every other talk show currently on television.
I didn’t even ask to go to BookExpo, and now I have some regrets .