This was an absolutely terrible week, from George Floyd’s senseless murder at the hands of the police, the most recent in an impossibly long string of racist acts of murder and violence, to the continuing nightmare of this largely mishandled pandemic. I fervently hope that you’re registered to vote. I also gave money this week to Minnesota Freedom Fund, which, in their words, “is a community based nonprofit that combats the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low-income individuals who cannot otherwise afford it,” and Reclaim the Block, a group that “organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.”
This Google doc of anti-racism resources for white people, complied Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, has made the rounds this week, but if you haven’t yet seen it or taken any time with it, it’s very well worth your attention. In their own words, it “is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.”
Related, at Teen Vogue, this is good and useful: Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life
Please read this, from R. Eric Thomas at Elle: It Does Not Matter If You Are Good.
And this is the part of this post where I awkwardly pivot to slightly more frivolous various articles of interest, in case you’re looking for something distracting to read right now. I feel like I need a FRIVOLITY KLAXON. Anyway. We’re starting at Lainey: 15 Years Later: Tom Cruise and The Beige Couch
We had a good post this week where people shared some good news they had in their own lives, and it was nice to read.
We rounded up some cute summer-weight robes.
At the New Yorker, this is quite a ride: The Bushwick House Share Was a Haven—Then COVID-19 Struck
At Vulture: On Watching Mad Men in the Middle of a Pandemic
Really interesting look at what costume designers have been doing during lockdown, at Fashionista.
And this was a great profile of Steve Buscemi, at GQ.
This is a good piece about “astronaut’s wives” — nowadays, they’re often ALSO astronauts — at The Atlantic.
At Nerdist: What It Means to Be a Real-Life Witch
At the NY Post, this is a headline! Bolivian orchestra stranded at ‘haunted’ German castle surrounded by wolves. Sounds relaxing at this point!