We’re taking it easy today. I hope you’re finding something to bring you comfort and inspiration. I’m skipping an essay today, but let’s peruse some links, recommendations and other assorted sundries.
"I think that what one of the jobs of political leaders going forward is, is to tell a better story about what binds us together as a people. And America is unique in having to stitch together all these disparate elements — we’re not one race, we’re not one tribe, folks didn’t all arrive here at the same time. What holds us together is an idea, and it’s a story about who we are and what’s important to us. And I want to make sure that we continue that.” President Obama on what books mean to him.
"If Torrance is toxic masculinity come undone, Jackie is female steeliness stitching itself back together. Jackie may not be an outright horror film, but it embodies the ethos of horror in ways that reminds viewers why it remains such a captivating genre.” Angelica Jade Bastién on the gore and glory of Jackie.
"Empathy is at the margins of stuff.” This article ended up being far more than I anticipated when I first clicked on it. On Chicago’s Depression Dog.
This week I don’t have one particular item to recommend, but a handful of films that I thought were worth taking in for one reason or another: Sunset Song, Lady Snowblood and Hidden Figures. There's probably an interesting theme to trace among the three of them.
"I don’t write as neatly as my mother did. Over the past few years especially, my handwriting has grown sloppy, rushed, scattered. My letters get spaced out in my hurry to get to the next ones. My thoughts come out not in an orderly line but in a messy jumble, like upending a wastebasket to sort through the trash for something mistakenly cast aside. As much as I like my writing, sometimes, the triggered memories of my mother’s handwriting stings. I wish my writing were as nice as hers. I wish I could write neatly, beautifully, all the time."
Just wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who back me on Patreon. I deeply appreciate everyone who pledges their support this way. It does my heart good to know my creative work can be at least somewhat sustainable. I’m running late with getting my recent $5/month supporters their notes, but I plan on catching up soon. If you value what I do here and are able to contribute, that would be very lovely.
That’s all for today. Thank you for reading.