The second-longest March on record is coming to an end! Let us greet the approach of April with this week’s Afternoon Snack.
In perhaps the most momentous news of the week, the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, began today. Chauvin faces 3rd degree murder charges, and his trial is being livestreamed. A number of different outlets are covering the trial with live updates.
Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other if you watch the coverage: much of the testimony and evidence is certain to be triggering, most especially for Black people. The Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has compiled a list of resources to help with potential re-traumatization during the Chauvin trial. It almost goes without saying that neither this trial nor self-care tips will solve anti-Black racism or heal its effects, but the latter can at the very least help someone get through the day.
We have learned that the large boat is unstuck now, but it we have to admit that it was kind of fun when the boat was stuck.
As on-the-record Fran stans, or simply #Frans, we are VERY excited for the news that The Nanny is coming to HBO Max.
Comics industry news got possibly stranger than ever, with Marvel Comics quietly announcing that Penguin Random House will be taking over Marvel’s direct market distribution. RIP Diamond, maybe, again?
Cosmo very kindly indulged in some early aughts nostalgia that we actually needed, with this oral history of one of pop’s most iconic collabs, the Lady Marmalade video.
We are diving into Texas Monthly’s collection of essays on the forever Tejano queen Selena Quintanilla, on what would have been the year she turned 50.
We sign off with this unbelievably charming set of proto-ASCII images using typewriters, proving that once again that goofing off with technology is art, actually.