After finishing Icelandic author Ólafur Ólafsson’s novel The Sacrament I’ve returned to reading David Gilmour’s The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples and Stuart Jeffries’s Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School. Late last week I also started Bosnian writer Dzevad Karahasan’s Sarajevo, Exodus of a City and Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge.
Articles. Even with my nose buried in several books I read a number of excellent articles last week. Inspired by Paula Bardell-Hedley’s outstanding weekly feature “Winding Up the Week” on her great blog Book Jotter I’ve started incorporating these into my Sunday Salon posts and will continue to do so in the future.
- CNN -“How Two Texas Megadonors Have Turbocharged the State’s Far-Right Shift” by Casey Tolan, Matthew Reynard, Will Simon and Ed Lavandera
- The Nation – “The Libertarian Party Goes Alt-Right” by Jeet Heer
- Just Security – “The GOP’s Militia Problem: Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Lessons from Abroad” by Rachel Kleinfeld
- Rolling Stone– “Neo-Nazi Marine Plotted Mass Murder, Rape Campaigns with Group, Feds Say” by Adam Rawnsley
- The Smart Set– “The Status of the Book in the Age of Digital Media: A trip to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair” by Paula Marantz Cohen
- The Walrus – “Twilight of the Libraries: What Gets Lost When Books Go Off-Site and Online” by Andrew Stauffer
- The New York Times – “Love the Smell of Old Books? This Bookseller Would Like You to Leave” by Dwight Garner and “An Ode to Bookstores and Promiscuous Reading” by Tish Harrison Warren
- Law and Liberty – “The Virtues of On Reading Well” by Jessica Hooten Wilson
Listening. With so many things going on in the world there’s been no shortage of material for my favorite podcasts. Despite this extensive list I feel I should be listening to much more.
- Fresh Air – “How The Opioid Industry Operated Like A Cartel” and “Xenophobia and The Klan On The Texas Gulf Coast”
- Friendly Atheist – “The Plight of Conservative Christian Furries”
- Fever Dreams – “New Age Fever Dream with Matthew Remski”
- The Bulwark- “Tim Miller: When Bad Things Happen to Bad People“, “Josh Kraushaar: If Only You’d Been Warned” and “Rachel Kleinfeld: Republicans Have a Militia Problem“
- The Thinking Atheist – “Speaking of God, We Don’t Know Sh*t” (with ex-pastor D.B. Ramsey)“
- Deep State Radio – “Summer Weather Forecast: Trump Investigations Heating Up On Many Fronts” and “Where Should the Jan 6 Prosecutors Look Next?”
- The New Abnormal – “The ‘Pissed Off’ Kansas Women Who Told Abortion Foes to Shove It“
- The Daily – “How to Interpret the Kansas Referendum on Abortion“, “Why Democrats Are Bankrolling Far-Right Candidates“, The Killing of bin Laden’s Successor” and “How Monkeypox Went From Containable to Crisis”
- Opening Arguments – “OK, Alex Jones’s Lawyers REALLY Don’t Know WTF They’re Doing”
- The Lincoln Project – “The Republican Road to Hell with Tim Miller“, “The Blinders Are Coming Off” and “How Civil Wars Start with Barbara F. Walter”
Watching. After finishing up season 4 of Stranger Things it’s all been Mr. Robot. Like I’ve said before it just gets crazier and crazier thanks to insane plot twists, great writing and superb acting. It’s been one hell of a wild ride.
Everything else. In what’s becoming a Friday ritual I met my professor buddies on Friday at our favorite winery for wine, conversation and a killer view. I’ve been drinking coffee in the mornings, but in the evenings I’ve been known to enjoy an adult beverage or two with my books and articles.