This Week’s Roundup: Hast Thou Considered the Emu?

Emu

The semester comes in, the semester goes out… you can’t explain it.  You can’t explain it, folks.  Except with the concept of time, clocks, paper, schedules, PDFs, Weberian rationality, and so forth.  It’s getting to be that time of the year when those of the academic persuasion are ripped from their cozy perches in the Ivory Tower, where they while away the Summer days writing essays like “America Is Bad” and “Why an Out-of-Work Romanian Wheelwright Deserves Your Hard-Earned Tax Dollars,” to go back to the dark, satanic mill where they have to teach the young and old alike.  To the teachers of the world, we salute you.  And to the people who are on leave or sabbatical, fuck you, you suck, we hate you.

(We really love you, though.)

Not much in the news this week. People are still dying of starvation and dysentery in Yemen while America’s BFF Saudi Arabia strangles the life out of a desperate and defenseless people.  Rohingya people are still being sold into sex slavery.  And poor people everywhere are still poor, as it turns out.

That’s not news, of course, compared to the in-depth study of Michael Cohen’s Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper that the New York Times published in a hard-hitting expose on Monday.  Indeed, two sitting Congressmen have been indicted; the sitting president’s campaign manager was convicted of multiple felonies; and his own attorney confessed to committing crimes at the direction of the big boy in the White House himself.  So, you know, normal stuff.

Trump, characteristically, showed his superior leadership style and management acumen by saying his two long-time employees, Cohen and Omarosa, were, respectively, a terrible lawyer and a dumb bitch.

If you’re interested in something not completely inane and soul-crushing, we have these juicy morsels of actual real things that are happening in the world and written and talked about by smart people for you to explore.  Check out this week’s roundup of the very best of the very worst.

This Week’s Farm-to-Table Aneurysms

Michelle Zauner’s beautiful essay on personal loss, immigrant identity, and the official supermarket of Tropics of Meta:

Crying in H Mart (New Yorker)

Corey Robin, as per usual, makes sense of things:

The Unsexy Truth About the Avital Ronell Scandal (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Anger, Fear, Hope, Power and the Joy of Resistance: An Oral History of the Women’s March of 2017 (Doomed to Repeat)

A Man Fell Into Anish Kapoor’s Installation of a Bottomless Pit at a Portugal Museum (artnet News)

How (or How Not) to Build a Labor Movement (Lapham’s)

Amazing visualization:

Women’s Pockets are Inferior (The Pudding)

Bret Kavanaugh Is A First Rate Hypocrite and Political Judge (TPM)

The Humanities Face a Crisis—of Confidence (The Atlantic)

A truly epic riff on Benjamin Britten’s Children’s Guide to the Orchestra, and the Fabulous Krassenstein Brothers:

The Mueller’s Tale (Chapo Trap House)

NK Jemisin wins a third, record-breaking best-novel Hugo Award (Boing Boing)

When Legs and Arms Won: The Culture of Dissection and the Role of the Camera at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (Nursing Clio)

Fresno’s Mason-Dixon Line (The Atlantic)

Don’t play it again, Sam:

Silent Sam No Longer Stands. But the Saga of UNC’s Confederate Statue Is Far From Over. (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Emus Swarm Town As Australia’s Drought Worsens (NPR)

Author: Alex Sayf Cummings

Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, whose work deals with technology, law, public policy, and the political culture of the modern United States. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Al Jazeera, and Southern Cultures, among other publications, and the book Democracy of Sound was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017). Alex can be followed on Twitter at @akbarjenkins.

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