Economics, Italian style. Before tomorrow’s distressing election, here is the photographer Michele Borzoni’s portfolio for the current issue of Even — the print version is 13 pages, and travels from the shantytowns of Calabria to the workers’ cooperatives of Emilia-Romagna. Borzoni’s photographs of the concorsi, or civil service examinations, are of particular interest: one of them is for art historians.
Some animal pics: elegant leopard, mud-bathing elephants, cute hyenas, a lazy croc and baboon family. Missing our cheetahs because I only have iPhone shots accessible now. Lisa is editing a selection of our best camera shots for posting later. I know this is an escape from all the troubles on the home front but also a reminder of what a wonderful world we need to preserve for our children and their children and on.
Fun fact: The entire annual water consumption of New York City flows over Victoria Falls in 72 hours when it is around peak, as it is now. I’m not a big fan of warthogs but these playing on the lawn of the Victoria Falls Hotel are pretty entertaining.
My story today in the Washington Post about taking the boys back to Morocco. “Each time we visit Morocco, my boys may (or may not) become more aware of, and engaged with, the beginnings of their story. And we will keep returning not only because it’s important for them to be connected but also because I love Morocco.”
“From Trump to Bernie Sanders to Brexit to Catalonia, voter repudiation of the status quo was the story of the day. The sense of panic among political elites was palpable. The possibility that voters might decide to break up the EU, or put a Trump, Corbyn, or Sanders into power, led to a spate of “Do we have too much democracy?” essays by prominent think tankers and national press figures.
Two years later, the narrative has completely shifted. By an extraordinary coincidence, virtually all the “anti-system” movements and candidates that so terrified the political establishment two years ago have since been identified as covert or overt Russian destabilization initiatives, puppeteered from afar by the diabolical anti-Western dictator, Vladimir von Putin-Evil.”
Holy fuck! They caught the Golden State Killer! It’s my birthday and my true crime-obsessed self has never received a greater birthday gift. Have been following this case for years and wondered if I’d ever see the day.
ADDED: Not a lot is known about how this case was solved yet–there will be a press conference later today. But one thing we do know is that the suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, was a cop. And that may be the most terrifying thing of all about this case.
Amanda Hess’s article on the rise of beauty standard denialism and its relationship to corporate feminism is really good: https://www.nytimes.com/…/i-feel-pretty-amy-schumer-beauty.…
Some of the most interesting parts:
“In the forthcoming book “Perfect Me,” Heather Widdows, a philosophy professor at the University of Birmingham, England, convincingly argues that the pressures on women to appear thinner, younger and firmer are stronger than ever. Keeping up appearances is no longer simply a superficial pursuit; it’s an ethical one, too. A woman who fails to conform to the ideal is regarded as a failure as a person.
“So now corporate entities are cynically encouraging women to engage in beauty and fitness routines to become better people, not more attractive ones.”
“But part of the conditioning of the “patriarchal ideal” is to make women feel empowered by it on their “own terms.” That way, every time you critique an unspoken requirement of women, you’re also forced to frown upon something women have chosen for themselves. And who wants to criticize a woman’s choice?”
“Why is it so hard to talk about this? Ms. Widdows has a few theories. Feminists don’t want to pose as killjoys bent on confiscating mani-pedis. Besides, striving for beauty is ultimately a rational choice in a world that values it so highly, and converting that pressure into fun or communal experiences is its own form of resistance.”
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