The truth of the matter: My (formerly beloved) liberal media outlets are making me feel like a conservative these days (don’t worry, never will be, would rather pluck my eyebrows off than vote Republican). The outrage is daily and continuous and we’ve all lost big time, but I don’t think I can sustain this level of indignation for four years.
I feel like I can’t even have lunch with someone without having to append some policy-oriented aside to every comment. “It is a good sandwich, but my enjoyment of it is diminished because, as you know, the lettuce subsidies are getting out of hand, and Trump of course is in Monsanto’s pocket…”
We all need to put our sandwiches down and go outside and pet a dog and spend time with people we love. And not mention DJT even once.
In light of this need to escape the outrage machine, here are some nonpolitical things to enjoy and think about.
- Joy Williams’s short stories, because they make me feel insane with delight
- This delightful 2014 essay about dictionaries and which one John McPhee uses (hint: it’s this one from 1913)
- David Foster Wallace’s 1995 essay on David Lynch (import it into Pocket or something, for heaven’s sake, so that it’s readable)
- Herding-type dogs who need good homes in my area
- The eternal eye cream debate
- The new storytelling email I’m curating for work and I’m not curating anything political at all
I’d love to hear what’s keeping you sane these days.