And here we are, at the end of July. You’ve survived another month of #pandemiclife. I hope you’ve found some way to come to terms with our ever-evolving new normal.
It’s time to reward yourself and get your mental corn popping!
Robert Evans: what you need to know about the Battle of Portland. Bellingcat
Uncomfortable conversations with a Black man. White parents raising Black and bi-racial kids. Just do yourself a favour: watch all six episodes and then subscribe. Emmanuel Acho
Channon Hodge and Tawanda Scott Sambou: these Black female soldiers brought order to chaos and struck a blow against inequality. CNN
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to Rep Ted Yoho (in defense of women, everywhere). Systemic misogyny enables systemic racism.
Kaleigh Rogers explains how to make indoor air safer. FiveThirtyEight
Zoria Gorvett: the people with hidden immunity to covid-19. BBC
Maggie Koerth says, every decision is a risk and every risk is a decision. FiveThirtyEight
Carly Silver: before vaccines, variolation was seriously trendy. It’s okay. I had to look it up, too 😉 JSTOR Daily
Eugene S. Robinson wonders, what do killer robots dream of? Ozy
Mars in 4K. Elder Fox Documentaries
Sean Fleming: this is now the world’s greatest threat—and it’s not coronavirus. The World Economic Forum
Matt Simon considers the terrible consequences of Australia’s uber-bushfires. Wired
Christina Larson reveals that the mating call of the Ecuadorian hummingbird is ultrasonic. AP News
Andy Boyce and Andrew Dreelin: ecologists dig prairie dogs, and why you should, too. The Smithsonian Magazine
Thanks for visiting. I hope you took away something to inspire your next creative project.
This weekend, I’ll be tackling my next chapter update for July. I may not get it out on time, though, because I have an exam due on Sunday (more on that in the update).
Until then, be well and stay safe, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.