Your afternoon snack-preparer is in the middle of a historic heatwave, so… head empty, no intro, just links. And sweat, lots of sweat. Hrrrrnnnnhhhh…
It’s still Pride Month, so let’s kick this off with the sports romance manga you NEED and DESERVE!!
The Transportive Power of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
I didn’t consider Milo depressed when I read the book in childhood. I didn’t know what it felt like to have too much time and nothing satisfactory to do with it. Quarantines were for zombie movies I wouldn’t see for another ten years. When Milo drove his electric toy car through the tollbooth and found himself trundling suddenly along a country road far beyond the confines of his apartment, I felt nothing but elation. His bleak perspective faded away in the rearview mirror.
As the entire West Coast of the United States experienced record-breaking temperatures, many have been sharing and revisiting (or discovery for the first time) ecologist Mike Davis’s 1998 essay, “The Case for Letting Malibu Burn.” If you’re in the mood to get real fired up about climate change and cancelling the wealthy, this one is 100% for you.
Speaking of cancelling the rich, we were delighted to see that the Teamsters passed a resolution to organize Amazon. We have high hopes that a big, well-organized union throwing their weight behind organizing the Bezos behemoth will yield exciting results!
Elsewhere in interesting labor developments, Kickstarter is testing a 4-day workweek starting in 2022. We’ll be watching closely to see how it shakes out!
Scientists discuss whether the “Dragon Man,” so named for the region in China where it was found, is a new species in the human lineage. We don’t know exactly how it all works, but it’s fascinating nonetheless!
Is there any better way to cool off than the chilling effect of a good maritime horror? Please excuse us while we exit this post to make a sacrifice to a Chthonic entity in the hopes of acquiring Junji Ito’s latest short!