"The Good Doctor" is trending, and it reminds me of when I was still investigating my now-confirmed autism diagnosis and I heard from a psychologist that I couldn't be autistic because my personality is different from the main character of this tv show.
I'm lucky to have people with me who are able to alert me and help me not to fall for this kind of bullshit. But imagine how many people have no point of reference and believe when they hear these things?
I should be paid for the time I spend listening to people who know nothing about autism wanting to act like experts.
This letter was written by Pliny the Younger to the Roman historian Tacitu, describing the A.D. 79 eruption at Mt. Vesuvius:
"The cloud sank down soon afterwards and covered the sea, hiding Capri and Capo Misenum from sight. My mother begged me to leave her and escape...
... as best I could, but I took her hand and made her hurry along with me. Ash was already falling by now, but not very thickly. Then I turned around and saw a thick black cloud advancing over the land behind us like a flood.
... "Let us leave the road while we can still see", I said, "or we will be knocked down and trampled by the crowd".
We had hardly sat down to rest when the darkness spread over us. But it was not the darkness of a moonless or cloudy night...
This is what you get when you don’t show up for Pliny’s dinner party in Rome (circa 97 AD):
“My Dear Septicius Clarus,
Look here, you accepted my invitation to dinner and then did not show up. You will be assessed for the costs, to the last penny, and they are not small.
You will have to foot the bill for all these preparations:
lettuce, one head per head; snails, three apiece; eggs, two each; pasta [to wit: spelt grits]; all the above served with mulsum and snow–yes, you will pay the tab for the snow too, in fact especially for the snow...
... because it died on the dish as a result of your negligence; then olives, boiled beets, gourds, onions, and one thousand other items no less elegantly prepared.
You would have heard comic skits, or a reader, or a musician, or–considering my generosity–all three.
In 1910, Cole and five friends (including a young Virginia Woolf) disguised themselves as the Emperor of Abyssinia and his posse (see the photo below), and were given a full VIP tour of the British warship, the H.M.S. Dreadnought.
In the 1800s, he bought tickets for strategically selected seats at a theatrical performance and distributed them to bald men. When the lights went up their shiny heads spelled out a swearword.
Cole would occasionally impersonate prime minister and Labor party leader Ramsay MacDonald, giving speeches that contradicted MacDonald’s actual political views.
🇺🇸 This weekend will mark the beginning of 92Y’s celebration of Billie Holiday’s artistry and influence. “Billie Holiday: Reaching for the Moon” will begin Sunday with a free, exclusive screening of BILLIE.
The screening will be followed by a live online Q&A with James Erskine and executive producer Michele Smith, vice president of estate and legacy brand management at Concord, and manager of the Billie Holiday estate.
Registration is required for the free events.
** The documentary can be streamed in the U.S. only, and for 48 hours after the start time. The Q&A can be accessed anywhere in the world.
Speaking of spying cameras, these photos here, taken in the streets of Oslo in the 1890s, come from one such camera hidden in the buttonhole of Carl Størmer, a 19-year-old student at the Royal Frederick University.
A amizade da @andreawerner_ foi uma das maiores surpresas e presentes da vida. Nunca hesitei em apoiá-la, e faria tudo de novo. Amanhã se concretiza toda a luta dela, que é de verdade e não tem prazo de validade.
Se você é de SP, pode votar em quem se importa de verdade. #50005
Nos próximos dias, a galera do bonde da defesa das pessoas com deficiência vai sumir. Quem é de verdade vai ficar.
Sendo eleita ou não, @andreawerner_ já é gigante. Já fez e vai continuar fazendo tanto por tanta gente.
E eu amo que em nenhum momento dessa campanha ela precisou inventar historinha ou atacar alguém pra se sobressair - ao contrário do que fizeram com ela muitas vezes.
#OnThisDay in 1960, Ruby Bridges becomes the first Black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.
Photo colorized by me, original taken by uncredited DOJ photographer.
"The people I passed every morning as I walked up the school's steps were full of hate. They were white, but so was my teacher, who couldn't have been more different from them. She was one of the most loving people I had ever known."
"I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades and police officers and, just, people everywhere. When I saw all of that, I immediately thought that it was Mardi Gras. I had no idea that they were here to keep me out of the school."