Pity the fools.
Behold, the merchants of despair!
Oscar has been kinda absent the past few weeks. Here’s why.
Each side is predictable in one respect – they overreach.
Cars and people and houses and other amenities.
What’s Above? and What’s Below?: a couple of pop-up books
Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. Music, Art, History, and Religion stories to read, share, and discuss.
Time to catch up on the all the unique perspectives and great writing on politics, culture, and the discussions about it all in Retroactive: #ICYMI From Ordinary Times This Week. Retroactive is the inclusive listing of the week that was at Ordinary Times. Read, Share, Discuss and enjoy.
On getting a new SSD
Life, put to music.
Charter schools can play a valuable role in education reform.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Time’s Friday tradition of compiling stories from around the world and across the web straight to you. This week, Summertime is the theme, and clicks are easy, the stories are jumping, and the world is yours to read, share, and discuss. From Gershwin to Manafort, plenty to occupy your dog days of summertime.
So… do you have an inner monologue?
Should we believe in falsehoods when doing so works better?
Vertigo as an early expression of catfishing and Dune as fanbase purity.
A jazz loving serial killer walked the beautiful but vaguely ominous streets of 1918 New Orleans, chiseling his way into back doors of the homes of local merchants…
Work, work, working!
Is it possible that the idea of death tickling at the back of our mind is pushing us to be more ideologically rigid as our population ages? Is fear driving our new partisan gulf? As a thought experiment let’s be brave and think about death for just a moment.
Danger on the road!
If you have to die, why not go die ironically?
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Midweek holiday kept everyone busy, so time to catch up on the all the unique perspectives and great writing on politics, culture, and the discussions about it all in Retroactive: #ICYMI From Ordinary Times This Week. Retroactive is the inclusive listing of the week that was at Ordinary Times. Read, Share, Discuss
Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. Music, Art, Film, and Travel stories to read, share, and discuss.
Moral panics can crash quickly. Or they can last centuries, as the moral panic over witchcraft did. I have no feel for how long the moral panic over sex work will last. But now that FOSTA is law, the potential damage it will cause has dramatically increased.
A delightful and unexpected sequel:
Dungeon Warfare II
If you follow the news surrounding hopefuls for the empty SCOTUS seat, you undoubtedly know that Barrett, a federal circuit judge and Notre Dame law grad, is the mother of seven children. In fact, judging by the media’s profiles of her, this is the most interesting thing about her…
Linky Friday: Wherever I May Roam contains links to a whole world of stories. From off the beaten path, the knowledge acquired, to wherever you call home there is something for everybody to explore.
If public-sector unions are worth saving, it supporters will have to do a better job at advancing the reasons.
Getting better by doing the exact same thing you did last time, just quietly
Facts and figures change minds?
Those who defend the police insist that perceptions made in the moment matter most of all and should trump all other concerns and criticisms. They are onto something.
Our imagined community is myth that requires some strong juju. We collectively imagine what it “means” to be an American. The fact that we still care about our imagined identity means we haven’t given up on our joint project. We scrap and cuss and “resist” and “maga” because we all still care.
It may not be Carnegie Hall in New York City, or Royal Albert Hall in London, or Konzerthaus in Berlin, but for that moment-on that night-it could well have been symphony night at the Vienna State Opera with Mahler himself holding the door and Strauss serving as usher.
Happy Independence Day!
A mildly NSFW music video that, seriously, I cleared with Maribou before posting
There are places, well within the current confines of the metro area, to stash a lot of people. Here’s one.