The "Shed No Tears" Edition
I’m on a cleaning jag…Week 3! But this one’s not my fault, honest. Why would a bag of birdseed and a bag of thistle seed spontaneously explode, in our outdoor shed, over the course of five short days, which was the last time I looked in said shed? I don’t know, but it was urgent that I not invite 1 million mice to that all-you-can-eat buffet while we’re away for three weeks, so the “clean outdoor shed” notation on the cleaning to-do list, steadfastly ignored for three years, was attended to.
Speaking of vermin, I will note that the other all-you-can-eat value customers, out of nowhere, were our friends the kitchen ants. I didn’t send a Paperless Post invite for a Spring Picnic, but they RSVP’d yes, anyway. At breakfast, I looked on the bright side. Really, any other insect would be absolutely gross. Like, disgusting. But ants are kind of…fine. Why? Maybe because they don’t bite. But neither do cockroaches and I wouldn’t care to have a line of cockroaches on my counter. Ants don’t make noise, but neither do worms, and they are tolerable only in a garden, at best. Ants, for me, are like, oh I will just brush this ant off my fruit and everything is fine (okay it’s more like I will smush this ant in a tissue and throw him away). I should not be anti-insect in any way or biased towards one particular insect because I say so. Also, I was worm-shaming and I apologize.
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THE PIC(K) OF THE WEEK:
Hedda Kleinfeld Schacter Dies At 99. Built An Empire Of Tulle and Satin. via The New York Times
Birth Control Is Next On The Agenda via Slate
GOP Tries To Paint Biden’s Labor Nominee As Radical via Politico
Taylor Swift Did Her Homework On FTX, Dodged A Bullet Say Lawyer Suing Tom Brady, Shaq via The Block
The Case For Universal Menstrual Leave via Undark
ChatGPT Will Change Housework. But It Will Never Eliminate It. via The Atlantic
What The FDA Ruling About ‘Dense Breasts’ Means For Cancer Risk and Screening via Scientific American
Why Reports Of Period Weirdness After Covid Shots Were Ignored via The Washington Post
THE ARTS & POP CULTURE:
Larissa Fasthorse Becomes The First Native American Woman To Bring A Show To Broadway via The New Yorker
’Patriarchy Has No Gender. It Doesn’t Break Down Like That’: Film-Maker Nina Menkes Dissects The Male Gaze via The Guardian
What If You Weren’t Scared Of Your Kid Being Fat? via The Cut
Bonnie Honig Wins Guggenheim Fellowship To Write Book On Performative Speech via The Brown Daily Herald
A Beauty Treatment Promised To Zap Fat. For Some, It Brought Disfigurement. via The New York Times
It Doesn’t Matter If We Behave via The Cut
The Runners Changing The Course On Uniform Expectations via The New York Times
Why Were Two Female Running Champions Killed In Kenya? via The New Yorker
Katie Cotton, Guardian Of The Apple Brand For 18 Years, Dies via SiliconValley.com
AND WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT…?:
The Author Of ‘Anne Of Green Gables’ Lived A Far Less Charmed Life Than Her Beloved Heroine via Smithsonian Magazine