This week has been a sad one. Mary Oliver died on Thursday aged 83. More than anything, I recommend people reread their favorite Oliver poems and relish her love for the natural world.
In other news, the government shutdown is still in full swing with no end in sight. To ease the burden, Chapo Trap House and Amber Frost provide comic reprieve and hope for the future, Vinson Cunningham talks about the landscape of hell, and we remember James Baldwin and Patrice Lumumba.
- I am unabashedly obsessed with a little known podcast called Chapo Trap House. Its hosts excoriate most players in modern politics, and their collective voice has provided fuel to our nascent rage. The episode “MacKenzie’s 60 Billion Dollar Challenge” explains why Sanders is our only hope. (In tandem with this, I also recommend reading Amber Frost’s piece in The Baffler–“It’s Bernie, Bitch.“)
- This week marked the 58th anniversary of Patrice Lumumba’s death. See Jacobin’s profile of the ill-fated leader.
- From the New Yorker: “Hilton Als on Giving James Baldwin Back His Body.”
- Also in the New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham on “How the Idea of Hell Has Shaped the Way We Think.”
- Finally, if you haven’t yet seen the brilliant “true-crime comedy” Fyre Fraud, do it now. The great Jia Tolentino provides some of the smartest commentary about our generation I’ve ever heard.