everyday i’m celebrating the oil

Posted: January 31st, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »
 Eight nights, one doughnut. Credit Tess Mayer for The New York Times

Eight nights, one doughnut. Credit Tess Mayer for The New York Times

from “New York Today: Lessons Beyond Latkes,” about the story of Hanukkah and the significance of oil in the celebration (and why doughnuts are a perfect food for the holiday):

The menorah ripple is four doughnuts of increasing sizes, fitted snugly within each other, with the largest having the circumference of a typical pizza pie. Cut it in half, and the ends of the doughy semicircles resemble the eight candles of a menorah.

Two of the ripples are filled with the plant’s house-made blackberry jam. The creation is then smeared with a cream cheese glaze, and glowing candles are etched on with all-natural icing.

“But I eat doughnuts every day, whether it’s Hanukkah or not,” Mr. Isreal added. “Everyday I’m celebrating the oil.”

the best news i have heard all day

Posted: January 31st, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

my hero

(via npr.org)

good things

Posted: January 31st, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

  • “h bomb” by night beats
  • this whole playlist
  • falling asleep to a “that ’70s show” marathon in a hotel



Posted: January 29th, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

see this list of how US members of congress have responded to trump’s ban on muslims — any line with “silent” feels gross (both of my texas senators, by the way, marked as silent, though my rep, will hurd, has gone on record against it).

and good to remember, constantly: from Andrés Miguel Rondón’s “In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did.” (bolding my own):

Recognize that you’re the enemy Trump requires. Show concern, not contempt, for the wounds of those who brought him to power.

a perpetual story of a rebirth of freedom

Posted: January 29th, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

a weakly hopeful moment from eliot a. cohen’s  “a clarifying moment in american history”:

This is one of those clarifying moments in American history, and like most such, it came upon us unawares, although historians in later years will be able to trace the deep and the contingent causes that brought us to this day. There is nothing to fear in this fact; rather, patriots should embrace it. The story of the United States is, as Lincoln put it, a perpetual story of “a rebirth of freedom” and not just its inheritance from the founding generation.

dan’s second cousin beth who looks like david bowie

Posted: January 28th, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

dan's second cousin bethjust so great

the last page of background paper, #2

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

best zine of 2017


Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

found this song in issue #2 of dominick’s zine, background paper, which is his handwritten thoughts about listening to music:

background paper would like to formally align itself with the spirit of “radio on” by rudi.


for whom are they marching?

Posted: January 25th, 2017 | Tags: | No Comments »

Credit Kevin Banatte

excellent / sad / real talk article, “who didn’t go to the women’s march matters more than who did,” by jenna wortham (bolding my own):

But it is the photo of Peoples that resonates the most for me. It felt indicative of the ways in which the day’s events could be viewed as problematic: the notion that women’s rights were suddenly the most important cause in our nation, or that there haven’t been protests and activist movements worth attending until the election of Donald Trump. The photo of Peoples is certainly the image that was most shared among the black women I know and that surfaced in feeds from women who opted out of the march, who chose to spend time with their families or one another instead. Those who were criticized for not participating reminded their followers of the suffrage movement, when black women were increasingly marginalized in the fight for the right to vote, and highlighted the lack of policing at the women’s march, a luxury never granted at Black Lives Matters demonstrations. And they reminded anyone who’d forgotten that 53 percent of all white women who voted voted for Trump, while 94 percent of black women voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton. They reminded people that it is very likely that the white women in the photograph probably know — or are related to — someone who voted for Trump. That photo cuts to a truth of the election: While black women show up for white women to advance causes that benefit entire movements, the reciprocity is rarely shown.

the oldest thing about me

Posted: January 23rd, 2017 | Tags: | 1 Comment »

my inability to deal with spotify