Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.


Mary Wollstonecraft finally honoured with statue after 200 years, by Mark Brown, Guardian, 09 November 2020

‘Insulting to her’: Mary Wollstonecraft sculpture sparks backlash, by Alexandrea Topping, Guardian, 10 Novemeber 2020

Huh. I thought I didn’t like it due to a personal failing.

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Virginia Woolf statue fundraiser flooded with donations after Wollstonecraft controversy, by Alison Flood, Guardian, 13 November 2020

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“For comic store owners, the convention not only provides them with the opportunity to network with publishers and learn about upcoming titles, but it also provides the chance to exhibit, to sell items to comic enthusiasts and nab exclusives that they can sell back at their stores to fans who couldn’t make the convention themselves.”
How canceling Comic-Con affects these Southern California comic book stores, by Alex Groves, OC Register, 17 April 2020

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“What Trump promised was authoritarian nationalism plus economic populism. It’s a recipe that in other countries has proven strikingly popular. In 2019, Poland’s xenophobic and homophobic Law and Justice party won a dominant election victory in large measure because of its immensely popular payouts to Polish families, which, according to the World Bank, dramatically reduced child poverty. (Law and Justice’s popularity has fallen since then, as many Poles have revolted against its draconian efforts to outlaw abortion.) In Hungary, Viktor Orbán has launched a New Deal-style public works program that gives hundreds of thousands of Hungarians government jobs. In Brazil, another Trump ally, Jair Bolsonaro, has boosted his approval ratings—particularly with poor Brazilians—by buffering them during the pandemic with government checks. Obviously, these autocrats also use repression and propaganda to buttress their rule. But even commentators who acknowledge their authoritarianism admit that their economic policies enjoy substantial support.”
How Trump Lost, by Peter Beinart, NYR, 07 November 2020

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“Twitter has replaced these papers as a source of information but it isn’t journalism. And it creates a misleading picture of what is going on. I went to a Trump rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the day before the vote. The impression I had formed from Twitter of what to expect was nothing like the reality. Most people wore masks, they were overwhelmingly middle class and, frankly, normal looking. Insane behaviour? Not that I saw. It is easy to dismiss people if you think they are bonkers. It is frightening when you realise they are not.”
Trump was no accident. And the America that made him is still with us, by Michael Goldfarb, Guardian, 08 November 2020

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“But the biggest consequence of the Democrats’ shabby experiment is one we have yet to reckon with: it has coincided with a period of ever more conservative governance. It turns out that when the party of the left abandons its populist traditions for high-minded white-collar rectitude, the road is cleared for a particularly poisonous species of rightwing demagoguery. It is no coincidence that, as Democrats pursued their professional-class ‘third way’, Republicans became ever bolder in their preposterous claim to be a ‘workers’ party’ representing the aspirations of ordinary people.”

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“Should Joe Biden do that, he might be able to see that he has before him a moment of great Democratic possibility. This country has grown sick of plutocracy. We don’t enjoy sluicing everything we earn into the bank accounts of a few dozen billionaires. We want a healthcare system that works and an economy in which ordinary people prosper, even people who didn’t go to a fancy college. Should Biden open his eyes and overcome his past, he may discover that he has it in his power to rebuild our sense of social solidarity, to make the middle-class promise real again, and to beat back the right. All at the same time.”
Ding-dong, the jerk is gone. But read this before you sing the Hallelujah Chorus, by Thomas Frank, Guardian, 07 November 2020

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“Josh Neufeld is a cartoonist and journalist whose comics have covered a wide range of topics, including public health crises, academic research and journalism itself. He is best known for his book A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, which tells the true story of several New Orleans residents who lived through Hurricane Katrina. He is also the co-author of The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, an illustrated history of journalism and numerous other works — including a comics journalism piece about social science research on consumer behavior.”
Documenting serious issues with comics journalism: An interview with Josh Neufeld, by Carmen Nobel, Journalist’s Resource, 16 November 2020

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“Joe Biden may have won the White House, but down-ballot races were much better for Republicans. In fact, the GOP’s victories in state-level elections could pay dividends long after Biden leaves office, thanks to their influence over next year’s redistricting process.”
Republicans Won Almost Every Election Where Redistricting Was At Stake, by Nathaniel Rakich and Elena Mejía, 538, 18 November 2020

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“Los Angeles has no electoral votes, but it cast more ballots than 38 states.”
The Mighty Voting Muscle of L.A. County, by Crosstown, Los Angeleno, 17 November 2020

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2020 at the Wapshott Press

“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Storylandia, Issue 32, Drunk on Time, by J. H. Malone

“Haunting and harrowing in its portrayal of supernatural creatures, “A Route Obscure and Lonely” explores the road less traveled by restless ghosts, sexually curious aliens, cunning vampires, transgressive angels, regretful mermaids, defiant witches, surly goddesses, mysterious phantoms, fearless fortune tellers, and “goth’s Mr. Goodbar” himself — — Edgar Allan Poe. The boroughs of the dead invite you to approach the gate guarding their abyss.”
Poetrylandia, Issue 2, A Route Obscure and Lonely, by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

Storylandia, Issue 33, short stories, by Jim McCullen, Jason Feingold, Alice Wickham, Chip Jett, and Arthur Davis

Poetrylandia, Issue 3, Fortune Written on Wet Grass, by Eileen “Mish” Murphy

“Nopalito, Texas—1965, 1985, 2005. An aging liquor store proprietor faces the confines of small-town life 5,000 miles from the one place that offered happiness. A young man evades attraction to his charismatic but erratic cousin. An elderly widower is beset by visits from the dead in the aftermath of a near-fatal heart attack. Albert, Dusty, Berndt—each one faces a wordless question: how to live with an impossibility that cannot be changed.”
Storylandia, Issue 34, The Distance Between Here
and Elsewhere: Three Stories
, by David Meischen

Poetrylandia, Issue 4, Trio, by Karla Huston, Ellaraine Lockie, and Connie Posgt

Finding the late Mrs. Taggart’s missing jewels had made Freddie Babington famous. People with problems began to come to him, hoping to engage his services as a private detective. Freddie expected his new career to involve thrilling cases such as restoring diamond necklaces to Duchesses and secret plans to government ministers, perhaps rescuing a kidnapped heiress or two. Most of his cases were more mundane–but every once in a while, a client with a truly strange and interesting problem came to his door.
Publishes in November 2020
Storylandia, Issue 35, Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and other Stories, by Kathryn L. Ramage

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Re-Reading:

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” by Thomas Frank

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Watching:

“The Crown” S4. Gillian Anderson is crushing it as Margaret Thatcher.

Re-Watching:

“Frankie and Grace” WHY has Dolly Parton never been on this show? Why? Not sure why, but I now pretty much hate every character on that show. What horrors that much privilege creates, even as comedy. I guess it’s just not that funny to me anymore. Oh well.

“The Good Place” Janet rules! Disco Janet really rules!

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Quotes:

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Albert Camus

Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.
T.S. Eliot

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One and one is two, and two and two is four, and five will get you ten if you know how to work it.
Mae West

One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
Simone de Beauvoir

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
Simone de Beauvoir

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
Albert Camus

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