Good morning. It’s a fine Saturday here in southeast Texas–cool outside, a little grey, but it’s not mindblowingly hot. I’m sitting here on my couch, still in my pajamas, with the Milk Street Radio podcast on; they’re talking about the science of bread, and it’s a nice respite from all the terrible news this week.
I wonder sometimes if we’re all suffering from collective trauma in this country. There seems to be something awful happening all the time now–a mass shooting, the revelation of multiple men abusing their power, and so on and so on and so on. Some of us who claim the title “evangelical” are watching as that title turns into something we would not ever claim, a voting bloc instead of the mark of a people that loves and declares the euangelion, the good news that Jesus is King. It sucks. And I wonder if it’s not going to get worse before it gets better.
But God is not silent, and He’s not sitting on His hands doing nothing. Look around for truth and beauty; look around for the ways He’s at work. The signs are always there.
Anyway. Here are the links:
- Top Chef contestant Kristen Kish talks about being a Korean adoptee and how that affects her cooking.
- I’m fascinated by this and would totally have signed up for this class in college: A professor at UPenn is teaching a seven-hour long class one night a week, four and a half hours of which are spent reading in silence.
- Next year’s Met Gala theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” and that sound you hear is the sound of five million thinkpieces being drafted.
- “Motive gives us a straw man to separate ourselves from the latest tragedy. It offers a false sense of security. If we can figure out why the murders happened, then perhaps we can learn to dodge these ‘dangerous situations’ in the future.” Sarah Condon on the Sutherland Springs shootings.
- Some wise words re: the whole Harvey Weinstein thing and the sexualized culture in Hollywood.
- Goodness, we need something silly, and I have just the thing: Keegan-Michael Key does dramatic readings of one-star Amazon reviews.
- Also, I’m not one for booting up the Christmas machine until after Thanksgiving, but I’ve had this song from White Christmas stuck in my head all week, and I’m excusing it because it’s only peripherally related to Christmas. (Have I ever told y’all that my first celebrity crush was Danny Kaye, thanks to this movie?)
- Those who are not Doctor Who fans, you can skip this: We have the first look at the Thirteenth Doctor’s costume and I am HERE. FOR. IT. I’m already looking for a pair of blue striped socks.
Okay, y’all, that’s it for this week. Be kind to one another and be kind to yourselves. If you need to turn off the news cycle for a while, please do. Have a sit down with your beverage of choice and watch some Stranger Things or something.
Have a nice rest of your weekend.