This whole Kanye thing is hard to watch.
I’ve had a couple brushes with bipolar folks – one of them terrifying enough that I started carrying a gun out of fear for my well-being – and I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like living with it.
I hope he gets help. I also hope that people watching are motivated by his case to educate themselves more on mental health. And maybe the stigma lessens a bit.
If you’re struggling with mental health issues or know someone who is, you can get help at MentalHealth.gov.
I’m getting a little tired of this “cancel culture” nonsense.
The term originated with the #MeToo movement, which targeted the likes of Bill Cosby and Louis CK, men whose history of misogynistic behavior led people to (justly) withdraw their support for the offenders’ careers. But while the term is newish, the tactics it describes aren’t. Canceling is another word for boycotting, which has been around forever. Read more
Philadelphia Union honors those killed by police.Our recent protests, sparked mainly by the Minneapolis PD’s nonchalant murder of George Floyd – with the cameras rolling, even – are roiling American society. Institutions are challenged. Assumptions are ravaged. The whole of the American metanarrative is seemingly up for review. Read more
Recently the Rev. Dickie and I devoted a little time to clowning Mississippi and its decision to remove the Confederate battle jack from its flag. It has since been suggested to me, privately, that I shouldn’t hassle people who are doing the right thing.
Maybe. I mean, better 150 years late than never, right?
But there are reasons to reserve judgment. Consider Mississippi’s friend and neighbor, Georgia. Read more
The Rev. Dickie yesterday “broke” the “leaked” design for the new Mississippi state flag, which will no longer contain the Confederate battle jack. Lots of people saw the post but almost nobody reacted, leading me to suspect many may have missed his snark. Read more
As I noted the other day, America has a Mt. Rushmore problem. So what if we dynamited the thing, found a new rock and started over? What would Rushmore mk2 look like were we to begin anew, informed by our current values as a society?
Here’s a proposal. Read more
In addition to being one of my favorite macro photographers Denny Wilkins is one of my favorite landscape photographers.
Each year, after he finishes grading papers, he packs up the camera and heads west, into the deserts of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and wherever else the spirit calls him. This year’s expedition struck me as especially vibrant. Read more
All of a sudden protesting racism by promising to kneel during the national anthem is a thing in the NFL. Read more
Independence Day is nearly upon us, and at this time of year a lot of us begin breaking out our patriotic music so as to honor the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave®.
Last year I put together a little best of the 4th playlist on Spotify and am in the process of updating it for a new era in the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Read more
I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one. – Robert Reich
HAH! No, just kidding.
Bill Johnson, CEO of PG&E
To summarize: Read more
Some people have noticed – and commented on – the fact that sometimes I’ll ask if they know X when I could look it up myself.
They’re right – this is something I do. Routinely. Sometimes they respond with impatience, asking me if I know there’s a small mobile device I can use to access the sum total of human knowledge and that I have one in my pocket, or on the table in front of me, or maybe even in my hand. There’s even a snarky Web site for those who want to take the derision a little further.
So, am I that fucking lazy? Read more
Found this on Facebook:
In other words, US police are literally allowed to do things to non-violent citizens protesting peacefully that international law doesn’t allow in a full-out shooting war. Read more
Three new floral lightbox abstracts in my Dead Flower series…
20,000 Leagues Under the Sky