looking for a way

The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“…nothing drives up the price of oil quite like war…”

— Naomi Klein / No Is Not Enough


“Climate grief and coronavirus grief feel strikingly parallel. The solutions to both problems rely on collective action and political will. In both cases, and for the same insidious reasons, the poor suffer more. In the United States, our efforts on both fronts are disabled by a reigning power that denies science and values individual liberty over the common good.”

— Emily Raboteau / “How Do You Live With Displacement?”


“Rooms don’t change, ornaments stand where you place them: only the heart decays.”

— Graham Greene / The Quiet American


“If there is a single, overarching lesson to be drawn from the foul mood rising around the world, it may be this: we should never, ever underestimate the power of hate. Never underestimate the appeal of wielding power over ‘the other,’ be they migrants, Muslims, Blacks, Mexicans, women, the other in any form. Especially during times of economic hardship, when a great many people have good reason to fear that the jobs that can support a decent life are disappearing for good.”

— Naomi Klein / No Is Not Enough


“What’s a pandemic
but one more mortality wake up call.”

— Patricia Spears Jones / “Saturnine”


“It may surprise you to learn, given the mood of the country — and indeed the world — about the pandemic that probably half of all Covid infections have happened this calendar year — and it’s only July. By December, the figure could be 80 percent or more . . . But simply in terms of infection, this year towers over each of the previous two.”

— David Wallace-Wells / “Endemic Covid-19 Looks Pretty Brutal,” The New York Times


“Perhaps attention is not enough, though it is something. It is the beginning of all preservation. I am looking for a way to say I love you that matters. Before there is nothing left to say but I miss you, into the wind.”

— Melissa Febos / “Iowa Bestiary”

What I’m Listening To:

“Don’t you feel better? (Goodnight)
When you’re wearing a cement sweater
We can make you feel alright”

— Ty Segall / “Cement”

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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