These are some of the voices that I’m leaning on right now, post-election. Good stuff to dig into over a hectic weekend.
Your opponents would love you to believe that it’s hopeless, that you have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t win. Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. — Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark, on sale now through Haymarket. She has been my fierce warrior hero voice through the murk of post-election slog. She is a light.
That kind of historical nostalgia is only available to a certain kind of person. … I can’t go back to the ’50s, because life in the ’50s for me is not pretty, nor is it pretty in 1320 or 1460 or 1580 or 1820 or even 1960 in this country, very frankly. So that’s what interests me — the historical nostalgia that is available or not available to others. — Zadie Smith to Terry Gross. Two exceptional recent conversations on Fresh Air: Zadie Smith, and Trevor Noah.
I had had a fabulous idea for a new book, called DOOM. Sick friends, Trump, the ice caps, a very old and failing beloved dog. Then I went outside and accidentally looked up. And a rainbow is giving me the Eye. – Anne Lamott. This woman knows the ropes, versed as she was in the resistance of the left during the Bush Administration. She’s a good person to lean on right now if what you need is a dose of humor and imperfection tucked into our righteous anger and aspirations towards being better humans.
I’ve thought a lot about it the past few weeks, and long-term, the public library is the place where I want to put my time and money. Libraries have been the great constant of my life, and they’re the thing in our country that I most want to protect and help grow and thrive. Some related reading: how a great library makes you feel, the difference between schools and libraries, and some loose notes on how I use my local library. — From Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletter, so good.
Happy weekend, friends. Hope it’s not too crazy out there for you.