Unfortunately I have had to override Lambert’s “talk among yourselves” due to the degeneration of the comments section. I am already chronically on the verge of burnout and riding herd on the comments section has become too much to deal with. I should be more regretful but frankly I am very angry with the readers (and it was an appallingly large number) who screwed this up for everyone else.
By Lambert Strether of
Thursday is a travel day for me, as I will be taking the bus from Bangor to Burlington for our NC meetup this evening (details here). So I won’t be writing a full Water Cooler.
Instead, talk amongst yourselves. As a conversation starter — and given the events in Charlottesville and elsewhere in the past few days — here’s Louis CK on historical context:
If you’re a comedian, listen and learn, as they say in the program. And who among us is not a comedian?
Readers, feel free to me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, (c) how to send me a check if you are allegic to PayPal, and (d) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please put it in the subject line. Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. are from my garden. I wanted to write a photo essay on “masses of color,” but I didn’t have enough time. So herewith:
Foreground: Black-eyed Susans. background: Stalks of a ginormous self-seeded sunflower patch.
The sunflower patch.
I thought I was going to get many more wildflowers, but the poppies are nice (and will self-seed next year).
A note on donations: All readers who contributed to the very successful annual Water Cooler fundraiser — Water Cooler is a standalone entity, not supported by the Cfdtrade fundraisers — have now been thanked, both PayPal donors and those who sent checks. Thank you again, and I’m sorry it took so long; I just worked away at the list until I finished.
However: Do feel free to use the dropdown and click the hat to make a contribution today or any day. Here is why: Regular positive back both makes me feel good and lets me know I’m on the right track with coverage. When I get no donations for five or ten days I get worried. More tangibly, a constant trickle of small donations helps me with expenses, and I factor that trickle in when setting fundraising goals. So if you see something you especially appreciate, do feel free to click the hat!