I was stuck in the paralysis of grief for most of 2016; it wasn’t until the election that I woke up from my stupor. I am the most politicized I have ever been, even now, almost a year later, and that includes the 90’s, when I was at the forefront of Third Wave Feminism. When I sang ever so proudly along with Sonic Youth the refrain, “I believe Anita Hill.” Political discourse is not something that belongs only to the bastion of millennials; for us Gen X-ers, who have been methodically planning for our next act, every single thing is at stake. I now type things like this statement: And so Robert Mueller begins with the low hanging fruit and indicts Paul Manafort. Anytime I’m out for a meal, there is always someone to my left or to my right (and sometimes both), discussing something related to What’s His Name or any of those White Guys in Power. I used to roll my eyes anytime someone would bring up the words “policy”; now, I want to know exactly what the person is talking about and how it affects me. I watch Seth Meyers A Closer Look specifically to listen to him unpack the latest White House kerfuffle. I never miss an episode of Samantha Bee. And I listen religiously to podcasts like Pod Save America and Five Thirty Eight. I hear and watch other people who are as outraged, in disbelief, and as concerned as I am. It makes me feel less alone. Less crazy. Not any less frightened, but at least I’m in good company. And so are you.
Jane Goodall: “When I was 10 years old, I read Tarzan of the Apes and decided I’d go to Africa when I grew up, to live with wild animals and write books about them. Everybody laughed, but my mother imbued me with the message that, if you want something, you should never give up.”
Annabella Sciorra: “I think, in a way, that’s what made him leave, because it looked like I was having a seizure or something.”
How to help survivors of sexual assault.
Chimamanda wrote a short story and it’s quite…spicy.
Yay! Photos of Michelle Obama!
Margareta Magnusson: “Imagine, you could die tomorrow, and who is going to take care of all this crap?”
All the lonely people.
I saw the Joan Didion documentary. You may consider doing so as well.
And now have a laugh with Sarah Silverman.