Hello, Friends. How are you? How’s December going for you? I was positive this week would feel more laid back at our house, since Scrooge performances ended on Saturday, but it was crazier than expected. I suppose that’s just how December goes. : )
Our weekend plans? Get the Christmas tree. I didn’t make it happen last weekend, and I really want it make to happen today after school. Also, I haven’t actually bought any gifts! I’ve done a ton of research (check out my gift guides), but haven’t actually clicked purchase on anything. Not even pajamas! I’m weirdly behind on things this year. Oh well. Hopefully this weekend I can make some good progress. And Saturday, we’re headed to a friend’s party. It’s the kind of party the guests perform something so Ben Blair and I are brainstorming. Oh. And Betty has two choir concerts. Should be a fun, happy weekend.
How about you? Is your town feeling snowy and festive? Do you have any holiday parties this weekend? If you need some weekend reading, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:
– I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone. Here’s How to Fix It.
– How Facebook is destroying the news media — a complex tale (and an interesting one) in which Facebook is neither the only villain nor only a villain.
– Easiest lasagna recipe ever — made with ravioli!
– All across the world there’s a super pervasive myth that family courts are biased towards women. But studies show that family courts don’t favor women. Instead, some show that men are very much favored.
– Advances in DNA technology mean previously unidentified US sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor are finally being laid to rest in their hometowns.
– Corporate tax subsidies are costing American public schools big money.
– Our family photo shoot is scheduled for Thursday. I ordered this dress for June to wear (the champagne color).
– Moving responses to the NYT’s opinion essay “America Is Blaming Pregnant Women for Their Own Deaths. (NYT) Did you read the essay?
– Poetry Twitter erupts over a plagiarist in their midst.
– The most revealing celebrity interviews of 2018, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Quincy Jones. (WP)
– New findings in the neuroscience of time underscore how little we know about time more broadly.
– Rookie Mag is folding, and Tavi Gevinson’s final letter from the editor is worth reading.
– Hah! Why Violet Beauregarde should have won Wonka’s chocolate factory.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.
P.S. — Last night, Ben Blair and I had a fun date to SFMOMA for an event. I pulled out the red velvet Gucci tux. I haven’t worn it since election day 2016. : (