Easter Sunday Reads: Let’s get Lit

Happy Easter

To those of you who celebrate it….

Happy Passover

As well….

Happy Spring…or Mid-Spring?

Happy Pre-Nuclear Summer…

(Cough, Cough.)

Happy…well, I was going to put the number of days tRump has been in office. But, and this is in all seriousness, I could not be bothered to figure out the math. Uh…If the 100 days marker is on the 29th of April, and today is April 16th, how many days has this asshole been not my POTUS.

Yes, my brain is completely gone.

I will put it in another way, as y’all know (or may not know) one of the tools I use to get through my day is a news feed app called NewsBlur. I’ve got all my RSS feeds that run through this thing, it has files that I’ve separated into crap…literally.

See…the crap is broken down to topics…even my few RWN blogs (right-wing-nuts) that I follow are pulled out apart from my other stuff. (Although I must admit, I usually just delete all those in that folder without even looking.)

Why do I bring this shit up?

I’m making a point here….

See that number there in the top, MinxCrapMain only 140 stories unread.

Just by looking at that number I know that tRump hasn’t bombed anyone today.

And that it is relatively a quiet peaceful day…news wise.

That feed number has not been that low all this week. I’ve seen the number up there to over 8,000 unread. Then I would clear the damn folders, cause I could not deal with all the fucking hell fire tRump unleashed…and within a few hours, the unread feed number would be bam, up again to 4,000 unread.

I did not live through the Cuban Missile Crisis. My child and teen years were spent during the 70s and 80s Cold War…Sting would sing about Russians…and wonder if they loved their children too.

 

 

In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria.
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets.
MIster Krushchev said, “We will bury you.”
I don’t subscribe to this point of view.
It’d be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too.
How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy?
There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence.
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the president?
There’s no such thing as a winnable war,
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore.
Mister Reagan says, “We will protect you.”
I don’t subscribe to this point of view.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.
But what might save us, me and you,
Is if the Russians love their children too

But now…we have tRump and North Korea.

And we have Twitter.

And we have Memes.

And all I can do is wonder, if that tRump basturd loves any fucking thing but money. Yet, we all know the answer to that question. Which is why with this go round, I think my fear is more real.

Leon Panetta criticizes Trump’s use of the phrase ‘my military’ – Business Insider

Trump Celebrates National Parks — After Proposing To Slash Their Funding | The Huffington Post

Top US security official says ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to dealing with North Korea | The Independent

 

At any rate, I found myself ignoring the news and even putting off reading the blog. So for today’s links, we will concentrate on other shit.

 

I know that last week I’ve mentioned the super bloom from space, but this is too pretty to ignore.

The links are in no particular order…and yes, they are in dump format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, the Facebook links are out of the way.

The rest of the dump:

Samuel L. Jackson evokes ‘Pulp Fiction’ in radio ad for Georgia election that has GOP on edge

Video at the link.

Virginia Finally Gives Female Clerk With 27 Years Experience The Same Pay As Man With Less Than 6 | The Huffington Post

Yeah, about time right? Before this…the article says, she was making far less than the male clerk.

Now a couple from The Economist:

 

Writing the end of the world: Charting trends in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction | The Economist

THE apocalypse has proved fertile ground for writers of popular fiction. In “The Day of the Triffids” (1951), John Wyndham saw mankind’s end hastened by perambulating carnivorous plants; Stephen King made a case for murderous mobile phones in “Cell” (2006). Readers are invited time and again to imagine a world devastated by natural disaster, destroyed by radiation or wracked by plague.

The Doomsday Clock is another touchstone of the geopolitical mood. A countdown to global catastrophe devised by scientists in 1947 in the wake of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was conceived as an analogy for the threat of global nuclear war. The clock started at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight symbolising the end of life as we know it. The hands have been adjusted 22 times, fluctuating between two and 17 minutes to midnight. Since 2007, it has reflected global challenges more generally, encompassing climate change and artificial intelligence as well as nuclear war.

Over the course of the clock’s 70-year history, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature has seen waves of popularity; the chart below* maps them against each other. Each time the hands edge closer to midnight—that is, when a threat is most tangible—writers seem to start scribbling about the near annihilation or total extinction of the human race (if you allow for the fact that it takes a minimum of two years to write and publish a novel). A general mood of fear and unease, as reflected in the clock’s movements, seems to roughly correlate with novels expressing fears about the future and mankind’s place within it.

There is a nice chart and more to read at the link.

Art smarts | The Economist

WHAT is art for and what good does it do? Two centuries ago, Kant and Hegel spent much of their lives contemplating questions about art and aesthetics. Many others have done so since. The latest are two studies, from either side of the Atlantic, by Michael Kimmelman and John Carey. The authors are professionally involved in the arts, Mr Kimmelman as chief art critic at the New York Times and Mr Carey as a professor of English literature at Oxford University. Scholars both, they are prodigious readers, listeners to, and students of, art. Yet both their books are at their most impressive when the authors seem to be trying the least.

In connection with that…well, no real connection but other than it is about books. (As in get lit, in the title of the post. I guess I can’t do anything without some type of theme.)

This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic biographer – review | Books | The Guardian

There is a wonderful moment in Richard Holmes’s new book in which he describes himself gazing at a flowerbed of his own making. The flowerbed is abundant in “old friends” and its roses, anemones and potentillas are redolent of the memory of their planting. In a book concerned mostly with the lives of others, Holmes offers a glimpse of himself amid the flowers. He is a fond and forgetful figure, longing to subside into the skirts of a plant the size of a “plump chaise longue”, the name of which has escaped him.

It is a brilliant vignette, prompting a meditation on the role of memory in biographical writing, and an exploration of the things that get forgotten in the writing of lives. Throughout This Long Pursuit, Holmes moves between reflections on the subjects of his career as a biographer and sketches of himself at work. We see him lecturing on Coleridge at the Royal Institution, scribbling at a table in the Cévennes, scurrying from the National Portrait Gallery with a glossy catalogue under his arm and newly discovered stories brimming in his mind. The result is a glorious series of essays on the art of life writing and a worthy successor to his earlier volumes on the craft, Footsteps and Sidetracks.

Sticking with books for a minute more:

Chart Every Country’s Favorite Book on This Map – Creators

 

Go to the link to read the list.

Poetry is literature, Five Fierce Women Poets to Inspire the Resistance | Good Sh*t | OZY

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

Because one good poem can remind you what you’re fighting for.

Moving forward to…Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin returns as Donald Trump to mock the President’s Mar-a-Lago trips | The Independent

Video at link.

Here is a touching article about Terry Jones: ‘I’ve got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded’ | Society | The Guardian

Towards the end of our interview, Jones reaches out to grasp his hand, giving it a good squeeze. The pair hold hands for a couple of minutes, a gesture that perfectly reflects their 50 years of friendship – and its importance in sustaining Jones through his tribulations.

Up next…a cool little doo dad: Is Trump At Mar-a-Lago

Some beautiful photographs and history found in an envelope: An envelope in a Barcelona flea market held the work of an unknown master photographer

In the summer of 2001, American Tom Sponheim was vacationing in Barcelona with his wife, they rented a house with twiddy rentals. On their way to the cathedral of Sagrada Familia, they wandered through the bustling flea market of Els Encants.

Sponheim spotted a stack of photo negatives on a table, and after checking that they were decently exposed, asked the vendor how much. She asked for $2.50 for an envelope of the shots. He paid her $3.50.

Upon returning home, Sponheim scanned the negatives and discovered that he had stumbled upon the work of an unknown but immensely talented photographer.

These last few links will be associated with faith history and shit. Take a look and read the articles they are interesting for sure….

Love, Labor, Liturgy: Languages of Service in Late Medieval England – Medievalists.net

As faith declines in Spain, so do Seville’s glorious convents | PBS NewsHour

Vatican unveils frescoes in Catacombs of Priscilla with paintings of FEMALE PRIESTS | Daily Mail Online

 

I will end the post with a few eggs…rebirth? Whatever, they are beautiful. Especially the last one!

 

 

This last egg, is simply Divine!

Divine Egg by Logan Baldauf

 

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32 Comments on “Easter Sunday Reads: Let’s get Lit”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Yes, I am always late. Sorry…

  2. dakinikat says:

    So, this is my easter sermon …

    how can any one who celebrates today not realize how wrong this is?

    • dakinikat says:

      yeah, give up a few meals at mcdonald’s and convince me not granting refuge to Syrian children is the thing to do …

      even the Pope gets it …

      “In his Easter Sunday address, Pope Francis called the bombing a “vile attack on fleeing refugees”.
      “May [God] sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring comfort and relief to the civilian population in beloved Syria, who are greatly suffering from a war that does not cease to sow horror and death,” he said. “

    • NW Luna says:

      Why TF would anyone ask Bernie Sanders what his opinion is on a foreign policy issue???

      • dakinikat says:

        Because he’s an old white guy with an ax to grind and the media love that … same reason McGrumpy McCain gets a say on everything!

  3. Fannie says:

    Happy Easter! Beautiful day in Boise.

  4. Enheduanna says:

    Happy Easter everyone! Thanks for all the links and pictures JJ. Lots to read so I will have to come back and look tomorrow.

    The California wildflower picture you have featured is beyond belief. So stunning.

    Notice also the Earth by night video provides a glimpse of the difference between North and South Korea at night. It’s very sad for the people of N. Korea I think.

    • NW Luna says:

      This year has often seemed like a march of brutal events—terrorist attacks, gun violence, bigotry at home and around the world. What do you do when you’re overwhelmed by the worst humanity has to offer? For a growing community on Twitter, it’s a small gesture, but an enriching one: Stop and tweet the roses.
      It felt very important to me to see and know that park as something besides a site of terror.

      Every Sunday since March 13, Alyssa Harad has been hosting the weekly Flower Report (#FlowerReport) on Twitter. Followers are invited to tweet photos of blossoms from their corner of the world using the hashtag, then Harad boosts each photo with a retweet. Harad, the Austin-based author of a memoir about her relationship to scent, Coming to My Senses, is cultivating a community from Portland to Paris, Japan to South Africa.

      Some contributors send photos taken at famous botanical gardens; others tweet pictures of their own backyards, or of urban sidewalk planters. A few are knowledgeable about the names of flowers, while others ask for help identifying a juicy specimen snapped on a walk around the block. The variety of flowers on display is head-spinning: Hydrangeas, peonies, sunflowers, thistle, poppies, fuchsias, lilies, milkweed, daisies, lupines, sweet peas, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and a riot of roses.

      https://www.good.is/articles/using-twitter-to-heal-sunday-flower-report

  5. bostonboomer says:

    I love that article on the frescoes. Of course there were women priests in the early church. There’s no doubt in my mind that Mary Magdalene was one of the apostles. Fuck the Vatican! They can’t handle the truth.

    • NW Luna says:

      There’s plenty of indication in the Gnostic gospels, and a few other sources which survived, that the early Christian church was far more egalitarian about men’s & women’s roles than what it (d)evolved into.

      Of course, the Vatican has a vested interested in suppressing this. It must make their insecure male selves feel less important. It’s all about keeping their power.

  6. NW Luna says:

    Wow. This gives me hope — a young girl picks out a doll and skin color doesn’t matter. Also, kudos to her mom.

    “The cashier replied, ‘But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.’

    I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, ‘Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?’ Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, ‘Oh, that’s nice.’

    This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”

    http://www.upworthy.com/a-moms-viral-instagram-post-about-her-daughter-and-a-black-doll-is-melting-hearts?c=reccon3

  7. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      In photos of that, one of the alt-heads to Damigo’s right was punching some also, while wearing a shirt that said “Jesus will judge you.” Hypocrisy, thy name is Alt-Right.

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    • dakinikat says:

      Sources with links to the intelligence community say it is believed that Carter Page went to Moscow in early July carrying with him a pre-recorded tape of Donald Trump offering to change American policy if he were to be elected, to make it more favorable to Putin. In exchange, Page was authorized directly by Trump to request the help of the Russian government in hacking the election.

      On November 7th I reported that the FBI had been granted a FISA warrant to investigate the activities of two Russian banks, Alfa Bank and Silicoln Valley Bank. I also reported that an earlier attempt to obtain a FISA warrant, in June, had failed in the court because it named Donald Trump himself and three of his associates. In an exclusive at Patribotics, I reported that these named associates were Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Boris Epshteyn.

      Sources close to the intelligence community now report that this application was made because a recording exists of all three men discussing the possibility of Page taking the tape of Trump to Moscow as an earnest of good faith. There is a minor dispute over whether Trump himself is also on that tape, as well as the tape that was delivered to Moscow by Carter Page of Trump making this promise.

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  12. NW Luna says:

    h/t to Uppity.