I bought Crypt of the NecroDancer and Thomas Was Alone last weekend. I have not been doing much writing this week. Therefore, have a small link roundup while I try to gather my wits to write about something more interesting.
- “Georgia’s 6th is a Democratic Win” by Jamelle Bouie. Bouie is one of my go-to sources for political analysis, and it’s really heartening to see that things are trending in a better direction since the November election. I would have been happier if John Ossoff had won outright, but if we see this sort of performance in other special elections over the next few months, then I think Bouie’s point about this signalling a sea change in the electorate is a solid one.
- “Georgia’s Progressive Renaissance” by Michelle Goldberg. Related to the Bouie piece, a look at the grassroots movement that made Ossoff competitive. I am rarely proud of my home state these days, but this is one of those times.
- “Still a Factor” by Isaac Chotiner. Bill O’Reilly’s ouster should have come years ago, but we take our victories where we can get them these days. Chotiner discusses how the worst parts of O’Reilly have metastasized in the form of 45, who has pretty much the same schtick, but with slightly less self-awareness.
- “Why the Hell Are Atlanta’s Freeways Exploding?” by Michael Harriot. I added The Root to my news feed a couple months ago and it just recently started working right, so I’m suddenly inundated with all these news items that don’t typically pop up from my other news sources. The general flavor of the site is straightforward reporting on incidents that are relevant to Black people with a heavy dose of editorializing on the side. Lots of snark, especially with regard to political stories. This piece on the current unpleasantness in Atlanta is a good sampling of what this site offers. Also, Atlanta, what are you doing?
- “Two Years Later, We Finally Know Why People Saw ‘The Dress’ Differently” by Pascal Wallisch. I admit, I was curious.
- “The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black” by Ijeoma Oluo. While we’re on the subject of things that happened two years ago popping back up in the news, here’s an incredibly good piece where Oluo pokes all the holes in Dolezal’s fetishization of Blackness. If you’re only going to read one thing from this link roundup, this is the one.
- “Final Fantasy VII’s Cast, Revised.” The artist featured here did some pieces where he redesigned the core cast of Final Fantasy VII as Black people (and in Barret’s case, as an Asian dude). I quite like it.
- “A Match Made In Heaven” by Molly Worthen. This is partly a review of Frances Fitzgerald’s new book The Evangelicals, which details the history of the white evangelical movement in America. It’s mostly an exploration of how the core values of white evangelicalism led to adherents’ overwhelming support of 45
- “Kendrick Lamar’s Complicated Political Score-Settling” by Spencer Kornhaber. I’ve only listened to Damn a couple times since it came out last week; hip-hop still isn’t a musical genre I take to easily, but I liked Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Untitled Unmastered enough to want to sink into his new offering. All the reviews I’ve seen suggest that there’s a lot here to love once you pick it apart.
- “Semicolons and Blank Spaces” by Ben Sheppard. I met Ben years ago when I first moved back to Athens. He was getting ready to go to some far off northern place to study theology. We hit it off so we did the Facebook friend thing, and ever since I’ve followed what he’s been up to with interest. Ben’s a smart guy who has always been really honest about his experiences with depression, and in this essay he puts a lot of things in perspective.