qotd, chickens.

You had a line I liked about falling in love with America, in all its beauty and awfulness, and how that was like falling in love with a girl while you’re holding back her hair as she’s vomiting. Do you still feel that way?
I still have the immigrant’s crush. America is fundamentally the best idea for a country. Not to get all Statue of Liberty about it, and this is hard as a British person to say, but the principles by which the British were kicked out of this country are the best principles. And however flawed that initial Constitution was — and the fact it needed to have amendments out the wazoo to make any kind of coherent sense — freedom of speech is still the best idea. I can call people chicken fuckers on television. I don’t take that for granted.


Also: On this week's Another Mother Runner podcast, Sarah and I talk about Achilles International and penguin desserts.

many things make a post

  • Every mother (and mile) counts.
  • I just have something in my eye is all.
  • Returning to Fukushima, five years on. (Disclaimer: Mike and I are friends. Even if we weren't, mind, the humanity of his work would still move me. But, given that we are friends, I did get to hear about how lost he got one night while on this shoot.)
  • It's nice to have this confirmed by a pediatrician.
  • Leslie Odom, Jr, from Hamilton, sums up everything that makes theater great. This is the kind of theater I miss desperately.

qotd, brightside

"Soon he must return to the plane onto which Trump humiliatingly sent him before. Soon he must return to the small cupboard under the stairs where he is kept and occasionally thrown small slivers of metaphorical raw meat. When he asked to be part of Trump’s cabinet he never thought to specify “presidential cabinet, of course, not a literal cabinet underground where the ventilation is poor and there is no light.” It just did not occur to him. Why would it?"

-- From Alexandra Petri's piece on Chris Christie's wordless scream. While this whole primary season has been a giant shit-show, it has given us Petri's text. It will have to be enough.

(Also: Taibbi has been in fine form. Also also: this is cold comfort. But still comfort.)