Like most, these past days have been a mixture of anxiety, stress, anger, and shame (and some more words; please insert your favorites). Besides our electoral PTSD we’re all dealing with from the past year and a half, the onslaught of the rapid and flawed news cycle can make anyone’s heart explode.
Hyperbole aside, it’s been rough days. For the time being, I’m generally staying away from the news, letting my eyes scroll over my newsfeed. Somehow I’ve become more tolerant of inane articles about technology (read: Wired). These briefly distracted me from the racists and bigots who are being given powerful positions and platforms.
For a while, consuming books and television felt hollow and frustrating, writing useless. I have no doubt that others feel or have felt this way recently. So, I leave you with internet potpourri for a momentary mental health break.
- Bronx Zoo Breaks World Record For Largest Display Of Origami Elephants, “People from all 50 states and 40 other countries responded to the zoo’s call to send in origami elephants…”
- The Gothic Life and Times of Horace Walpole, “Two-hundred and fifty years ago, Horace Walpole published ‘The Castle of Otranto,’ a strange, campy book that’s widely considered to be the first Gothic novel. In real life, Walpole’s family was beset by tragedy and his life’s obsession was a Gothic castle called Strawberry Hill…”
- Magical Realism Bot, Pure fun and hilarity. Scroll through the feed for a quick pick-me-up.
- Jeff Koons Is Giving Sculpture to Paris to Remember Terror Victims, If you would like something else to be annoyed about, turn your attention to this hideous statue. Even though I think it’s an excellent idea to give art to Paris to honor and remember, we don’t need to send Jeff Koons’ kitsch. Let’s workshop this one, US Ambassador to France.