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New York City, January 12, 2017

★ “This right here is a tiny bit disgusting weather,” the five-year-old said, trudging through the damp false spring.

Dreams Deferred, Dreams Denied

What if the universe doesn’t even have an arc to bend? Photo: josef.stuefer It will one day seem stunning that the right tried to turn Barack Obama into some sort of Stalin when he was in almost every sense — refusing to help labor unions improve their ability to organize, granting the insurance industry unprecedented federal gifts, allowing banks to remain as private institutions when there was a compelling case to nationalize them and bailing out Wall Street to such an extent that Republicans were able to profit from the resulting discontent — corporate capitalism’s greatest handmaiden during its darkest hour.

What’s The Name Of That Lady?

You know the one YouTube balk [4:08 PM] what;s the name of that lady [4:08] who was a kid actress [4:08] and is now an adult actress [4:08] something with a g?

Things I Read This Week and Liked

Friday reading roundup Flickr The moment was so great in magnitude that it even made Beyoncé weak in the knees.

Leif Vollebekk, “Into the Ether”

What are you smiling about? Photo: russellstreet I’m still not all the way sold on this one — the lyrics can be a bit much (although I tend to feel that way about almost all lyrics; it is best to just hear them as valueless sounds) — but if you are looking for something to be sad about that is unrelated to all the obvious candidates on offer these days the vibe here is exactly what you’re looking for.

What Your Voice Really Sounds Like

It’s different, right? But why? Photo: Steve Snodgrass Here’s how your voice sounds in your head when you say something out loud: “Brilliant!

Best Forgotten: ‘Real Life’ by Marsha Hunt (1986)

Mick Jagger’s first and best baby mama You’ve read about Mick Jagger’s most recent feat of paternity — in December he signed for baby number eight, with mother number five — so you’ve seen the name Marsha Hunt: a news story can’t inventory Jagger’s children without it.

Which 2017 NFL Playoff Quarterback is Most Elite?

A thorough examination of football’s most auspicious players. Image: Ryan McDonough As an adjective, the word “elite” still conveys something positive, even aspirational: elite athlete, elite model, elite travel services.

Telling The Bees

Talk to the hive before it’s gone. Flickr This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the rusty patched bumblebee to the endangered species list.

Anjou, “Soucouyant”

It will have to be the little things from now on. Photo: Moose Winans It’s Friday, you made it, it’s a long weekend.

New York City, January 11, 2017

★★★ The rain had passed overnight, and the morning was well on its way to drying out. A greasy dampness still clung to the tiles of the subway station, though.

Alienation and Freedom

The life and work of Frantz Fanon Image: “The Healers: Frantz Fanon,” 2009, Rudy Shepherd If you’re reading this there’s a decent chance you have read Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth or know that you should have done and feel bad about not getting around to it yet.

You Can’t Make Me Stop Using Q-Tips

Why aren’t we listening? Flickr This week, health and medicine site STAT posed a question that gets asked a lot: So I’d like to write down the answer someplace once and for all: Because our ear canals are full of earwax.

Award Tour

A Tribe Called Quest’s latest release, in context. The first time I heard A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check The Rhime,” I was on a basketball court in Houston.

A Frustrated Former Percussionist Revisits Stravinsky’s ‘Pétrouchka’

Classical Music Hour with Fran Image: StudioMONDO I’ll be honest with you and say that it’s now been almost four years since I played with a symphony orchestra of any kind.

There Is No Easy Way Down

How much better would things be without Trump? Photo: Ronnie Pitman Have you found that, no matter what the subject, the emails you receive from people you haven’t spoken to in some time invariably end up at, “So, this is really going to happen, huh?

Complimentary Carla

The Adventures of Liana Finck Liana Finck is a New Yorker cartoonist. She is also on Instagram. Complimentary Carla was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

A Poem by Rochelle Hurt

Wifebeaters A shirtless rack makes a cozy hang for beatings if a girl’s hard-pressed or steamed. Words get worn this way: at festivals, we tuck our violence in our bras with cash for cigarettes and pretzels.

Shoegaze For My Old Friends

Slowdive “Star Roving” Flickr I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reverting back to my high school musical tastes in the current cultural environment.

William Basinski, “For David Robert Jones”

It should be Friday but it’s not. Photo: Evangelical Resident Have you had your first, “At least it’s Friday… oh, no, it’s not Friday at all!