The Envy List #25: Fireworks and Protest
Not so celebratory.
1. What does dating post-lock down look like? (I love me some love stories.) Read more...
“Maybe we aren’t a good match for a pandemic date, which is different than being a good match for a date in normal life.”
—"Tales from the Return of In-Person Dating” by Heather Schwedel from Slate
2. All about the object that first taught us social-distancing: the walkman. Read more…
After the Walkman arrived on American shores, in June of 1980, under the temporary name of Soundabout, our days would never be the same.Up to this point, music was primarily a shared experience: families huddling around furniture-sized Philcos; teens blasting tunes from automobiles or sock-hopping to transistor radios; the bar-room juke; break-dancers popping and locking to the sonic backdrop of a boom box. After the Walkman, music could be silence to all but the listener, cocooned within a personal soundscape, which spooled on analog cassette tape.
—”The Walkman, Forty Years On” by Matt Alt from The New Yorker
3. You know all the fireworks being set off illegally in your neighborhood? It’s ‘cause of this guy. (Funny!) Read more…
While you were busy worrying about a global pandemic, battling racial inequality, and saving your pennies in preparation for the country’s cannonball into economic ruin, I was off buying up every last bottle rocket in North America. How could I afford such an expense? Don’t worry about it. I’m certainly not a member of a large firework syndicate funded by Russian oligarchs, intent on fostering national chaos and disrupting the upcoming election through a campaign of never-ending, ill-timed illuminations.That would be ridiculous.
—”I’m the Guy Setting Off Fireworks Every Night in Your Neighborhood And I Have You Right Where I Want You” by Ilana Gordan from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
4. I’m a big sci-fi nerd. This new podcast of short sci-fi stories tickled me pink. (Just for fun!) Listen…
Say your planet is about to explode. How does the government get you to leave your home and start a new life on another planet? Well, there’s a name for that rehominng program: it’s called “The Exodus Program.”
—"Episode 1: The Exodus Program and You” from the podcast The Outer Reach
5. Have you heard about the protests for Aurora’s 23-year-old Elijah McClain? Here’s what happened. Read more…
As Mari Newman, an attorney for McClain’s family, said…, “Whatever the [investigator’s] report says, it’s clear that if the police had not attacked Elijah McClain, he would be alive today.”
—”What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClain” by Claire Lampden from The Cut
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