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one silver lining of long travel days is that I managed to start and finish two books: Patrick deWitt’s French Exit on the way there, & Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic on the way home. both really enjoyable (though I can’t fully recommend the deWitt) 📚

…and the view from the back porch

view from the front porch of our rental house, north of Bozeman, MT

just backed this Kickstarter project from John August (screenwriter & host of the Scriptnotes podcast): Writer Emergency Pack XL

saw Hadestown yesterday, it was wonderful. this Tiny Desk Concert can’t show the fantastic (& award-winning) set, costumes, lighting, etc., but gives a great taste of the music 🎵

people who claim, when ending a meeting earlier than scheduled, that they’re “giving you all back x minutes!!” are the equivalent of a mugger tipping you $1 from your own wallet after they rob you

Saturday’s beers:
– Elysian Brewing’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
– Whitestone Brewery’s Opa’s Lederhosen Oktoberfest
– TUPPS Brewery’s McKinney Oktoberfest
– Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest
– AquaBrew’s Festbier

You have your “most wonderful time of the year” & I have mine

new post: Twitter is Bad, in which I realize (again) what many already know

fascinating Guardian story (from 2017!) about the astounding amount of planning for this somber day: ‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

a modern-day witch casting spells in front of the BBC & everyone: Florence + the Machine, Free

The Guardian: Barbara Ehrenreich, author who resisted injustice, dies aged 81

“She was never much for thoughts and prayers, but you can honor her memory by loving one another, and by fighting like hell.”

Goldfrapp, Road to Somewhere

Walking down the Mercer Street, been a long hot summer
Rain like daggers coming down on me
Get a feeling it’s too late, but alone, together
Could be we might start it up all over again

Saturday’s beer: Brouwerij Bosteels’ Tripel Karmeliet

lovely evening for some soccer

The Onion: Underwhelming Fantasy Novel Starts With Map Of Ohio

Huber Heights, hell yeah

donated to Movement Voter Project’s Texas Fund. really like their emphasis on building for the long-term, beyond the next election (but also hope this helps the next election 😅)

no, you watched Valley Girl tonight

is this movie in 3D?
no, but your face is

I’m not a “self-motivation hard-case”, as he calls it, but the feeing of escape from giving up on something tough described in this Raptitude post is one I can sure recognize. what an insight

this piece about “people recalibrating their relationships to their jobs” was ok, but what struck me was disagreeing with Maeve here:

Maeve… worries that she will never earn enough. “A hardback book is 20 quid, a pint is a fiver – so many pleasures in life are so expensive.”

new post: One Year On: How We Do It, in which I acknowledge that it’s been a year since our tragic loss, and try to give a more full answer to “how are you, really?” than I can in casual conversation

amazing. ‘Like a public shaming’: a night with the eco-activists deflating SUV tires

“Why do you need an SUV, especially in New York? It’s a vanity thing. You have freedom of choice, sure, but you don’t have freedom from consequences.”

new from Metric: Doomscroller

is a 10 & a half minute song a little long, especially for the first song on the album? NOPE

I can’t seem to shut it down
until the worst is over
& it’s never over

Saturday’s beer: Chile Line Brewery’s Salty Dog Stout
solid, but a little smokier than I like

a beautiful summer day, albeit on the warm side, waiting for the salmon on the grill

mind. blown. The secret history of the anti-abortion movement:

debates around abortion have been entangled with race panic from the start. The fight to criminalise abortion may have successfully passed itself off as a moral crusade, but its origins are rooted in a political one

finished Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear 📚 thought it might be pretty woo-woo, and I wasn’t wrong, actually. but it’s also pragmatic and canny, and the writing is so pleasant to spend time with. really liked it; it’s a keeper

Saturday’s beer: Chile Line Brewery’s Stoked
A souvenir from New Mexico: appreciative of the thought but not a fan of smoky

You can take away a right through legal means, but you cannot take away the belief in that right so easily

Rebecca Solnit, Women’s rights have suffered a grim setback. But history is still on our side

Saturday’s beer: Lorelei Brewing’s The Mer-Dude
brought this Russian imperial coffee milk stout back from our recent trip to Corpus Christi. good stuff

Warpaint, Champion 🎵

Elif Batuman, in Either/Or:

“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought / I summon up remembrance of things past”: I didn’t like when people used “sweet” about non-sensory experiences. Why were we in my mouth all of a sudden?

Lazy Beach Brewing’s Molinillo
“Mexican Hot Chocolate Milk Stout” -> yes… “Ancho chilis, cayenne” -> mmm, a bit much
⭐️ __ __

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