Finished reading: The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War by James Oakes 📚

Started reading: The Fifties: An Underground History by James R. Gaines 📚

Finished reading: Severance by Ling Ma 📚

Started reading: Severance by Ling Ma 📚

Digging into this contemporary apocalyptic zombie novel about a mysterious pathogen and a small group of survivors. The book features a project manager as the protagonist: a millennial woman who works for a bible manufacturer facing down a plague of biblical proportions.

This book predates the Covid-19 pandemic by only two years.

Review in the New Yorker from 2018

Finished reading: Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City by Andrew Ross 📚

I got early access to a managed version of Equalify, an open source accessibility platform by Blake Bertuccelli. Right now, the main integration is with WAVE, an automated accessibility checker, with integrations with both Drupal and WordPress coming soon. Check out the app roadmap, and repo on GitHub.

As I spend more time using the product, I will write up a more detailed overview with screenshots.

Today I learned that Bert has an identical twin brother, Bart. Based on this image, I assume Bart has a media studies degree and brews his own kombucha.

Sesame Street's Bert with his identical twin brother Bart

The Checkup is a promising new email newsletter from MIT Technology Review.

Every week I’ll be covering what I think are the most exciting, fascinating, and controversial developments in health, medical science, and biotech—and how they might help diagnose, treat, enhance, or even harm us. Thanks for joining me!

The first issue includes an interview with Dr. John Whyte, who studies disorders of consciousness, attempts to pull people in this state back into consciousness, and recovery of patients with severe traumatic brain injury.

Know Your Enemy (podcast): On Barbara Ehrenreich (w/ Alex Press & Gabriel Winant) 🎙️

This episode was unplanned, but when Barbara Ehrenreich died on September 1, 2022, we felt an urge to honor her memory and the profound influence she has had on the American left, socialism, feminism, and our collective thinking about class struggle. From her work in the women’s health movement of the 1960s, to her theorizing (with ex-husband John Ehrenreich) of the “professional-managerial class” in the 1970s, to her explorations of Reagan-era yuppie pathologies, and her renowned exposé of low-wage work in 2001’s Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich has been an essential and nuanced guide to the inner-life of American class conflict in the latter half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.

It’s been nearly 20 years since I read Nickel and Dimed, assigned to all incoming freshmen at my college. I have since read some of Ehrenreich’s other 21st century books, in particular I remember Bait and Switch and Bright-Sided being quite good.

Rest in Peace.

Celebrating an anniversary: 15 years this week since my spouse and I went on our first date!