My new assistant is having a hard time getting into the office.
Philly Episode of Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’ Premieres Tues., Aug. 19
I had two professors at Penn that I would love to see in the interstitial bar scenes on Drunk History. My thesis advisor’s research specialty was Mormon family life and he had a recreational interest in Lyndon Johnson.
The other was a really hip historian who I would run into in my concert going days and she would be alone, right by the stage with a drink in her hand and her eyes closed.
These are the people I want to represent Philly… but we’ll get some red faced, knuckledragging Eagles fan who can’t hold a conversation instead. Right? That’s how everyone sees Philadelphia, yes?
"Your first bite will expand the boundaries of sensation separating your mouth from the rest of your body, and you’ll be feeling spiciness in the warmth of your hands and smokiness in the tingling of your toes. And by the third bite your mind will have moved on to peel the black backing off the edge of the universe, filling the unending space beyond with your pounding heart." Mark Bittman
A delightful weeknight treat for a later than usual dinner. Gather ye peaches while ye may, everyone.
Return Your Library Books but Don’t Pay Your Fines: The Andrea Bernadette Story
“She liked this vicarious view of herself; it excited and reassured her. She wasn’t a directionless girl adrift in a monstrous city, wandering from one confusing social situation to the next, having stupid affairs. She was a bohemian, experimenting. The idea made rock music start playing in her head.”
—Mary Gaitskill, “Trying to Be”
My main summer reading action is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Weighing in at over 600 pages, I’ve been reading other things and scheduling marathon reading sessions to make way for the remaining three weeks of my summer reading. I think I can finish it by the end of the weekend— but if it went on forever, I’d gleefully read it for however long it would take. I want to do a summer reading review (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and assess my reading goals from last year and see how I’m doing. (Preview: I could be doing better but am pretty much where I expected to be by this point in the calendar.)
Thank you to the library for preventing me from digging into Middlemarch by George Eliot because the “Item Has Holds.” I would have tortured myself with overdue fines trying to finish it so I’m just going to peacefully surrender it and try again before the end of the year.
Books I’m Trying to Start and Finish Before I Go Back to School
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Stories II by TC Boyle
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Check out The Cuckoo’s Calling if you haven’t already!!)
- Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit
- Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
- The Last Testament by David Javerbaum
- AD: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
Would you like to be my friend on Goodreads? That would be nice!
If you only drink tomato juice while at 30,000 feet, you’re not alone. Turns out there’s a scientific reason why tomato juice tastes better on a plane.
Tomato juice, all day, everyday— ground, air or sea.
I just heard on a podcast about having astrology charts and how important it is to know your rising moon sign AND I TOTALLY BOUGHT IN. Now I want to know everyone’s rising moon sign but I think it’s a little much to ask for birth time and location in the middle of the work day.
michellerosepa is excluded because we are a minute apart and we are the same. Which is ridiculous but also sort of true.
First of all, you can watch the above video for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign right here. Now, I should probably be offended that this came up in my newsfeed to begin with, but let me breakdown my many problems with this video:
- The woman in the video is not a teacher, she is a school board member. That’s like calling a GE shareholder a manufacturer.
- Corbett was indeed a 9th grade teacher… for one year in the early 1970s.
- If schools in Pennsylvania have any money, it’s because of local funding, not state. Examining PA’s public school funding at a percentage under Corbett, Pennsylvania ranks 45th (source).
- According to FactCheck.org: "Within weeks of taking office, Corbett reduced the state appropriation for school districts for basic subsidies by $335 million … State funding going to pre-K-12 programs remains below the amount the state contributed six years ago in 2008-2009, and well below that achieved during the two years of stimulus contributions."
- Corbett doesn’t know a damn thing about what schools need. He’s a public school crushing, pension destroying, corporate guinea pig.
- Corbett’s social media expert needs a lesson in basic grammar.
In other word, Tom Wolfe winning the election can’t come soon enough.
West Philadelphia’s Little League baseball champions Taney Dragons, who are in the Mid-Atlantic regional championship, share their walk up to bat songs.
#11 Mo’ne Davis – “Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys