Someone asked me about whether I'd do substack and I already have a substack! It's just not about me whining about cancel culture. But I haven't updated it in a while. It was a quaran-zine: quaranzinenyc.substack.com/p/quaranzine-i…
I kind of dropped it when the protests started because it was designed to be about the experience of being holed up in inside all the time, and the isolation that goes with it. But then suddenly everything felt very external.
It was a nice coping mechanism, though. Might figure out a way to revive it.
Also, I generally have positive feelings about substack, especially since they gave a well-deserved fellowship to Kaitlyn Greenidge, whose novel, WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN, I still think about all the time. You can subscribe to hers here: kaitlyngreenidge.substack.com

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18 Nov
Trump's transition team was a disaster and now he's trying to sabotage Biden's. Some excerpts from Michael Lewis's The Fifth Risk about the Trump transition below.
Christie had to explain to Trump that he was legally required to have a transition team / plan. Trump's reaction when Christie et al put one together:
Then they fired the transition team:
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16 Nov
Told my mom earlier that we won't be coming to AL for Christmas because of covid. (Thanksgiving was already out of the question.) No one's happy about it, but risk is getting higher, not lower. Traveling during busy season (and it will be busy, even with covid) is risky.
Seeing family members without quarantining before is risky. Being indoors for extended period of time without social distancing and mask wearing is risky. We know all of this. So here's the way I'm trying to think about it:
Vaccine schedules look good. WAY better than I would have imagined a few months ago. I figured we'd be doing zoom school until 2022, but I'm admittedly pessimistic about everything.
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15 Nov
We get it. You've picked the side of the fascists because you think they're your political future. The video you're referencing shows conservatives trying to beat up a protestor and you're intentionally promoting the isolated clip where the protestor tries to fight back.
You know it's manipulated media because even if you were gullible enough to fall for it, given the sources, you surround yourself with a small army of PR and media professionals who will tell you otherwise. So you are propagating a lie because it's politically convenient.
And "If this went the other way" is the truly laughable part. In Charlottesville a protester was killed, intentionally, by a conservative. Her name was Heather Heyer. Your father called the people who did it "very fine people".
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14 Nov
I'm not saying I recommend eating an edible and listening to Matthew Mcconaughey's memoir on Audible but I don't... not.
Kudos to his ghostwriter btw. It's not bad.
Should also mention that McConaughey reads his own memoir in the audio version--sometimes dramatically.
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12 Nov
I talked to NPR for a few mins earlier about the progressive critiques of how we're running campaigns, and not sure I really got across (with any nuance) what I wanted to say, but here it is: wbur.org/hereandnow/202…
Maybe I should write something longer, but some expanded points that have less to do with progressive v moderates on policy than the fact that strategy for Dems is dictated heavily in federal races by moderates with an established paradigm about how to message:
Dem messaging tends to be very top down, and when messaging for a bluer district leans more progressive, there's backlash. You're seeing this now with complaints that Rs are weaponizing antipathy towards socialism and police reform.
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11 Nov
IMO his base would have thought that anyway. They've bought into a narrative that anything Trump has done or might have done pales in comparison to the evil they can imagine (without evidence) Democrats doing.
This is a recurring conversation I have with Trumpist members of my family. Shitposting disinformation for example is fine because "Dems do worse". When I ask them for evidence they insist that it's something everyone just knows.
So I ask them who specifically these evil Democrats are and they spit out some Gateway Pundit caricature of Pelosi or Schumer or AOC. I am the only Democrat they know well. "Oh but not you" they say.
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