Another crazy week in national politics, and I considered starting a petition drive to close down Washington and our national media, and tell everyone to take a year’s sabbatical. If you read nothing else this weekend, read Robert Merry's article in The American Conservative, "Removing Trump Won't Solve America's Crisis." Merry is not a Trump supporter or apologist, but he has something important to say about what the United States is experiencing.
For writers, interesting things are afoot at Amazon that need attention. At Novel Ricket, James Rubart notes six of the worst things about being a writer (he’s right). Ann Kroeker suggests that memorizing poetry can energize your writing.
It’s not just the alt right any more. What do Harvard constitutional lawyer Laurence Tribe, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid, director Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell, actor Mark Hamill, and California congressman Ted Lieu have in common? They share fake news on social media. Buzzfeed – no paragon of conservatism – has the story.
The worst read of the week may also be the most important. Jesse Johnson does a review of a book about America’s most prolific serial killer. What’s almost as bad as what the man did is how the regulatory authorities ignored what was happening. The most moving read of the week is Alex Tizon’s first-person account of his family’s slave.
And do you know why virtually every American graduation plays “Pomp & Circumstance?” Blame the British.
Amazon and the Third-Party Sellers Brouhaha – Rachelle Gardner.
Is Anyone Listening? Lessons from the Best Graduation Speeches – Scott Savage at Thin Difference.
Six of the Worst Things about Being a Writer – James Rubart at Novel Rocket.
Letter to an Anonymous Author – Mick Silva.
Energize Your Writing by Memorizing Poems – Ann Kroeker.
Life and Culture
Removing Trump Won't Solve America's Crisis - Robert Merry at The American Conservative.
America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer – Jesse Johnson at Cripplegate.
Top Liberals are Unintentionally Building An Anti-Trump Conspiracy Media –Joseph Bernstein at Buzzfeed.
How Pixar Lost Its Way – Christopher Orr at The Atlantic.
The Madding Crowd – A.G. Harmon at Image Journal.
This is How the Elite Poisons Our Culture – David French at National Review.
How to Kill Debate: Create an Echo Chamber – Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.
My Family’s Slave – Alex Tizon at The Atlantic.
Rain – Tara Bray at Image Journal.
Dreams Are (with photos) – Tim Good at Photograph and Poetry of Tiwago.
Poet Charles Coe – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
Memorise a poem – reciting one can be as calming as mindfulness – Allie Esiri at iNews.
Looking at Larkin – Seamus Perry and Mark Ford podcast at the London Review of Books (with full transcript) (Hat Tip: J of India).
Five of the Oldest Archaeological Sites in Britain – John Rabon at Anglotopia.
How to Read the News like a Christian – Scott Slayton at One Degree to Another.
Fasting from Food, Not Facebook – Tim Challies.
Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor – Karl Vaters at Christianity Today.
Why every American graduation plays the same song – Vox
Painting: Woman Reading on a Terrace, oil on canvas by Konstantin Alexseyevich Korovin (1869-1939).