Read How to Cover a Sick Old Man (nytimes.com)
The president is hospitalized and reporters are fighting for basic facts. What should elderly leaders — many of America’s top politicians are over 80 — reveal about their health?
We definitely need to cover these things more closely and not be so precious about them. Once a leader is unable to function on a solid basis, it’s time for them to get off the stage and let others take their place.
Read 43 Student Journalists Quit N.Y.U. Paper After Dispute With Adviser (nytimes.com)
A post signed by nearly all of the Washington Square News staff accused its new adviser, a longtime journalism professor, of being “rude and disrespectful.”
Definite cultural divide here between the student journalists and their much older advisor who doesn’t get the younger generation.
Read At the White House, an Eerie Quiet and Frustration With the Chief of Staff (nytimes.com)
With President Trump hospitalized, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, delivered no guidance to aides about how they were expected to behave in a moment of crisis.
When the dictator is out, apparently there’s a major lack of leadership at the level below. This could be disastrous if the worst comes to pass.
Watched The Glorias (2020) from Amazon Prime
Directed by Julie Taymor. With Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe, Ryan Kiera Armstrong. The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's itinerant childhood's influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women's rights worldwide.

Rating: ★★★½
An interesting contrast with the smaller presentation of her in similar contexts in the recent FX 10 part series Ms. America. The narrative construct of the bus ride with the Glorias at different ages was interesting though a bit forced at times. 
 
I was a bit shocked to have said, “That seems like a younger Bette Middler” only to be surprised to discover that it actually was her in the credits. These sorts of performances always make me so happy.
Read Opinion | A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Blackface (nytimes.com)
Twenty years ago, Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” skewered America’s love of minstrelsy. Has Hollywood learned anything about blackface since?
There’s apparently been a lot more blackface in the past several decades than I was aware of. I’d love to read some of the more academic treatises on the topic from a media studies perspective.
Liked Unsubscribing from YouTube's recommender by Marty McGuireMarty McGuire (martymcgui.re)
First, some backstory. But feel free to skip to the good stuff! With topics ranging from media and social critiques, to making and tech topics that I care about, to death itself, regular content from creators that post on YouTube have been a part of my daily life for the last several years. This is...
Impressive how many hoops one has to jump through to get this type of simple functionality. This is the absolute definition of a silo.
Read A White Male Professor Reportedly Faked Being a Woman of Color, This Time to Troll Scientists on Twitter (Jezebel)
Somehow, beyond all reason and understanding, another person has been caught pretending to be a woman of color. At least this time around, the story has an extra fucked-up layer. Anonymous internet sleuths uncovered Professor Craig Chapman, who teaches chemistry at the University of New Hampshire, posing as a woman of color on Twitter under the name The Science Femme. According to The New Hampshire, Chapman was brought down by his own hubris when he tweeted about his brother’s brewery from both his fake account and his real account. The Science Femme and Chapman’s personal account have both been deleted, but unluckily for him, screenshots exist.
A good reminder that I really should unsubscribe to “people” I don’t know personally or have an exceptionally high expectation of who they really are and what content I’m actually consuming.
Watched Enola Holmes (2020) from Netflix
Directed by Harry Bradbeer. With Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter. When Enola Holmes-Sherlock's teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.

Rating: ★★★★

A bit facile in places, but generally well done and well executed. It’s nice to see some better representation showing up in the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre.