All of us are capable of beauty, grace & strength, and also of ugliness, spite & weakness. We make brilliant decisions, and bad ones. Sometimes we follow when we should lead in a different direction. Sometimes we conform so as not to feel alone. At our best, we forgive. [thread]
Here are three amazing pieces relevant to this moment, insightful and deep and enjoyable to read. They do not ask you to suffer for your sins, or to turn in your neighbors. They invite you to think, by offering observation and interpretation, and letting you go from there.
.@walterkirn writes of the “liberal switch from skepticism to sanctimony about the most powerful arms of the Establishment” and of “liberal puritanism…fears that the wrong sort of people might be happy, or that their happiness might be of the wrong kind.”…
.@hollymathnerd proposes that there are three types of Trumpian untruths—the hyperbole of a narcissist, the blustery New York bullshitter, and deliberate and calculated lies—and why discerning between them is valuable.…
And Lionel Shriver, on what she calls “lefty lingo” observes that “privilege is a static state into which you are born, stained by original sin. Just as you can’t earn yourself into privilege, you can’t earn yourself out of it, either.…
All of us speak with clarity sometimes, with confusion at others. Let us learn from our errors, and forgive ourselves and others. Let us be good to one another, show each other compassion, and recognition. Let us say to one another: I see you. You, like me, are human. /end

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Here are a few cool things. Viewers of the DarkHorse podcast will be familiar with some: DarkHorse merch, an arts & culture magazine, perfume, some books. Gift ideas, if you will. [thread]

Your algorithm’s no good here—a recurring theme on the podcast.…
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Preparing good food for and with loved ones is a blessing. Image
Update #1: Zack reports that the onions are sad. Image
Update #2: Toby finds the lemons juicier than expected. Image
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2 Nov 20
A vote is not a valentine.

It seems that we differ, more publicly and more virulently, in our politics, than we ever have before. We are imagining the worst in each other. Fueled by anger and tribalism, we conflate disagreement with an idea, with dislike for a person. [1/11]
I didn’t vote for Trump, although to my surprise, I did consider it this year. I also didn’t vote for Biden. Both have disastrous potential. Many on the left see imminent threats from our own side. For having this opinion, we are called blind, racist, traitors, fascists, more. 2/
In 1992, riots erupted in Los Angeles, after Rodney King was beaten on camera by police officers, and a jury then acquitted the officers of assault. In the midst of those riots, Rodney King famously asked, “Can we all get along?” 3/
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6 Oct 20
On this day I am grateful. I am grateful for all the usual—love & partnership, home & hearth, the prospect of adventures to come.

Today I am also grateful for the moon, waning, high in the sky on a blue sky morning. And a grassy hill, with one tree, in whose shade I can sit. 1/4
I am grateful for a perfectly brewed cappuccino from a café that also sells art, the walls lined with beauty, the owner wondering how to proceed in these strange times, told that her efforts are noticed, appreciated. 2/4
I am grateful for the sounds of activity and connection, traveling up the air of this park where I sit: the scrape of a skateboard on concrete, the pop of tennis balls against racquets; the romping of dogs playing. 3/4
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Here are three conversations that brought me hope, laughter, and depth of understanding. Six outstanding humans sharing thoughts about childhood, language, society, what is coming and what to do now. The common theme: all six are unflinching.

What a gift.
From two of my favorite people: @FreeRangeKids talked with @meghan_daum on her terrific new podcast, @TheUnspeakPod (and I’m not just saying that because I was lucky to be Meghan’s first guest):…
The always surprising @JohnHMcWhorter in conversation with @SamHarrisOrg is something to behold. This conversation felt audacious, and audacity is exactly what we need now.…
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“Men menstruate. Some have even given birth.” If you disagree, you are “attacking trans lives,” and likely one of those deplorables who support Trump.

I’m no Trump supporter, just a biologist who knows that this “new trans reality” is a dangerous fiction.…
“The only difference between a trans woman and a cisgender woman is the sex assigned to her at birth.”

No. Really not.

Most people know this is flat out wrong.

Most people who hear this nod abjectly, eyes averted, hoping this will pass by and leave them intact.
Again, no.

The vast majority of us who call bullshit on reality-denial are not “anti-trans.”

Nature is not anarchic re: sex. We have 2 types of gametes, by which we sexually reproduce. Small and mobile -> sperm -> male. Large and sessile -> egg -> female. Where’s the anarchy? Image
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