I’ve been getting over a mild cold, which is definitely my favorite thing to be doing as summer approaches. The past three weeks or so have been so busy and tiring that I’m currently ten books behind my Goodreads yearlong reading goal schedule. Just to put the important stuff in perspective. Take heart. I’ll catch up.
Here, have some links and recommendations.
"Imagine a group of 35-year-old women staring toward the horizon and repeating, without inflection: Passion is what makes us feel most alive. Passion is what makes us feel most alive.” The passion of Ivanka Trump.
While I love true crime documentaries, I’m usually not as interested in those with reenactments—but evidently I will make an exception for podcasts. This series is a docu-drama, so it’s half straightforward information and half reenacted audio scenes and interviews. The result ends up recalling historical radio dramas, and it’s probably heightened by the fact the story takes place in an era of radio drama popularity, the early 1940s. It’s also about the investigation into one of the most famous unsolved murders in history, that of Elizabeth Short—the Black Dahlia. I like it.
Everyone knows the story of Kitty Genovese, the woman brutally attacked and murdered while dozens of bystanders did nothing. Except it turns out we don’t know the reality of it at all. This documentary centered on her brother’s search for what really happened is by turns heartbreaking and fascinating, and troubling when it comes to how false narratives can grow and supplant the truth.
If you missed the news last week, I’m planning to launch a new podcast this summer, called Antiheroine. It will tell the stories of scandalous women in history. I hope to have a brief intro for you soon, but, in the meantime, you can join the mailing list to get first word when content is available.
That’s all for today. Thank you for reading.