The "Bonfire" Edition
Happy July 4th Weekend!
And welcome to actual Summer, the wonderful month (in the Northeast) of (usually) sunny and (usually) not yet such humid days. We’ll see what Madame Climate Change has to say about that. She has been in such a bad mood lately, but will probably cheer up, now having been given free rein as the reigning Queen of the Atmosphere!
Today, I confess — I forgot what I was going to tell you. Mostly I think it’s a generally beach-induced loss of mental capacity. Add to that a late 50-something’s soupçon of not giving a s%*&, plus the pleasurable daze of houseguest- and dinner party-induced dishwasher packing and unpacking. Maybe I will think of whatever riveting subject it is again. And if I don’t, you’ll never know because I will think of something else.
Okay just to give you your money’s worth (oh wait, this is free!) I can report that I watched some good Fire Island content, the adorable and meaningful movie ‘Fire Island.’ I guess if you are queer, and want to have the same major rights, take marriage and filing joint taxes and being parents, you also have a right to be saddled by pop-culture tropes like RomComs! I, for one, will take a movie about cliques and haves & have-nots any day of the week. Especially a Friday night at the very same beach where the movie takes place.
Our specific town here is very similar to the one in the movie. In some ways. The classic, well-designed pine houses. The lush yet beachy flora along picturesque boardwalks. The Lyme tick-infested deer. And yet, there are some…distinctions. While a couple of editions back I did note that edibles and smoke-ables are common, if not near-ubiquitous, at various dinner parties and get-togethers, so far the K, X, poppers, et al, remain less so. Also the unprotected sex with random strangers in back rooms of clubs. But like I say— that’s only so far!
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THE PIC(K)S OF THE WEEK:
The Culture Wars Couldn’t Stop Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation via FiveThirtyEight
Cassidy Hutchinson’s Path From Trusted Insider To Explosive Witness via The Washington Post
GenZ Is More Pro-Abortion Than Any Other Generation — and The SCOTUS Decision Has Them Making Plans via Cosmopolitan
Restrictions On Contraception Could Set Women Back Generations via The New Yorker
The FDA Holds The Key To Expanding Abortion Access via Quartz
Russian Prosecutors Call First Witnesses In Case Against Brittney Griner via The NPR
Even At $25 An Hour, Key Tampon Factory Can’t Keep Enough Workers via Bloomberg
Google Will Start Auto-Deleting Abortion Clinic Visits From User Location History via The Verge
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT:
R. Kelly: The History Of Allegations via BBC News
Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison via The Cut
As NFL Mulls Watson Case, An Accuser Adds Suit Against His Team via The New York Times
THE ARTS, FOOD, FASHION & POP CULTURE:
Who Is Alex Wagner, MSNBC’s Permanent Replacement For Rachel Maddow? via Poynter
Jodie Foster: An Oral History Of ‘Contact,’ The Movie via Vulture
Barbiecore Is Everywhere This Summer via Vogue
Freedom, Finances, and Fried Chicken via Eater
A San Francisco Feminist Bookstore Wanted To ‘Take Over The World.’ It’s Closure Still Holds Lessons For Today via The San Francisco Chronicle
Three Years Ago Her Art Sold For $400 At The Beach. Now It Fetches Up To $1.6 Million At Auction. via The Wall Street Journal
Wimbledon’s All-England Club Drops ‘Miss’ and “Mrs.” From Women’s Honor Board For Champions via CBS Sports
AND WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT…?:
Japan’s Monkey Queen Made It Through Mating Season With Her Reign Intact via The New York Times