TOWOIT #175

July 14, 2017… Day 176

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The mere fact of blogging at the airport makes me feel like I’m winning at life. I’m off to see my sister, so the blog posts will be catch as catch can over the next few days. Now I remind myself of those people I used to make fun of on Twitter — small-time podcasters who were always apologizing if their latest episode was coming out a day late. Dude, nobody cares.

Remember: Nobody gets to have imposter syndrome in the age of Trump. Whatever it is you’re doing or want to do, that you don’t know if you’re qualified to do it — YOU’RE FINE. Do it. You’re fine. Although please make sure sidewalk tracheotomies are absolutely necessary.

This week’s reading assignment for my political essay class is a Mindy Kaling essay and a James Baldwin essay. Two very different tones. One in Glamour, short and breezy (but sincere). The other with long, dense paragraphs in New Yorker font running page after page.

I also have Al Franken’s book, Al Franken Giant of the Senate. And I have Kambri Crews’s autobiography, Burn Down the Ground. I’ve been feverishly into memoirs lately. Roxane Gay and Sherman Alexie are also in the queue.

How’s the news today? Well the news is bad. And outrageous. There are the big things and the small things. I listened to Masha Gessen on another podcast this morning. She is the world’s biggest buzzkill because she tells you everything that’s going on in the U.S. is worse than you thought, but also everything that’s giving you hope (see: the seeming gelling of the Russia story, and also Bob Mueller’s mere existence) is less hopeworthy than you thought. Basically, have fun living the rest of your life in a repressive autocracy, folks! But I respect the hell out of Masha Gessen. I feel like I need to spend a weekend with her to get this sorted out in my head. But is she fun? I don’t know. She’s mixed up in my head with The Nation guys and The Intercept bros and that’s an area of my head (and the Internet) where I don’t like to spend too much time.

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And over at Fox News: 

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Press gaggle with Tom Bossert of Homeland Security today. The reporter is asking him about Trump’s tweet about a partnership with Russia on cybersecurity… and Bossert is walking that back while trying to not make the President sound off the wall for the tweet.

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