A Bit Of Reading For The Week

It’s been that kind of news week that just makes me want to find every adorable puppy video on the internet ever and watch them while I devour a pint of ice cream. So if anyone starts to wonder why I’m a bit mopey, here’s what I’ve been reading.

An excerpt from “Days of Destruction; Days of Revolt” by Chris Hedges with illustrations by Joe Sacco on TomDispatch. After reading this selection, the book is on my to-read list. It is an eye-opening description of life in rural West Virginia.

Eve Ensler’s letter to Missouri’s Rep. Todd Akin after he said, “From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. [Pregnancy after rape] If it’s a legitimate rape a female’s body has ways to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” Video here.

Pat Bagley’s cartoon “GOP Spawn” that incited someone enough for them to call him a “liberal.” Makes me think they’ve never read his book, “Pat and Kirby Go To Hell.” Am I the only person still impressed Bagley is making a living as a cartoonist at a newspaper? (It is indeed remarkable.)

Found via Slate’s Longform’s Guide to Takedowns, is this Vanity Fair article on the mess that is Microsoft, how a company that was once king of cool (Remember Windows 95?) is now destroying itself from the inside.

The New Yorker’s report on Obama’s seeming inability to raise money in this campaign. Fascinating. Also this is the first time I understood the Citizen United ruling, ever. An interesting report on just how complicated it is to raise money and be president–two different jobs that don’t seem to often share interests for the man trying to accomplish both.

Hey, we could use something happy now.

Lennon and Maisy Stella, who are 12 and 8, singing with tremendous talent and skill. They are so great, love them!

Now for this last story, it isn’t sad, it isn’t heartbreaking, it’s a story about hobos  on BuzzFeed. I hesitate to include it on this list because I generally like to include stories that are not only meaningful, but also well-crafted. However this story is just weird enough to make the list. It’s a fascinating idea and provides some explanation for all those kids I’ve seen playing guitar and asking for money on the street lately.

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