Weekend Links: 11

Weekend Links: 11 | On the Street Where We Live (aretherelilactrees.com)

It's been a minute since we've done a Weekend Links (it's also been a minute since we've had a weekend at home)! This weekend, we visited our local market where we sampled spicy chicken, green tea hotteok (or sweet pancake), and other goods from the many food stalls, and caught up on Netflix shows and specials. 

Here's a list of the links we've loved this week!

  • I wish I had had the opportunity to learn my grandparents' recipes—both of my parents are the youngest in their families, so my grandparents were quite old by the time I was born. This YouTube channel gives me a taste of what that experience might have been. (J)
  • Classical music artists and New York Times writers and editors share their five minutes that will make you love classical music. Off the top of my head, mine would be this piece on the violin and 5:10-5:34 of this Chopin Ballade. (J)
  • The chief justice of India’s supreme court called the country’s law banning gay sex “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary” in a unanimous ruling that struck down the ban. (A)
  • Back when Jen and I were in college in 2007 (Jen: ha!), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got invited to another college where the president said his holocaust denial and other vile statements were because he was either “brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated.” He now has an English language Twitter account and it’s really weird. People are trying to figure out why the fuck he’s tweeting support of Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams. I’m going to go with brazenly provocative. (A)
  • Pro Publica has a sad and infuriating piece about the Army Corps of Engineers, rain, political connections, and systemic racism converged to screw over two communities of color in Missouri and Illinois. (A)
  • Read about Samim Faramarz, an Afghan journalist, who died covering a bombing in Kabul this week. (A)
  • Fuck Brett Kavanaugh, his prep school upbringing, and his dad coach image. Fuck Ben Sasse, his sanctimonious books, and his fake spine. Fuck the anonymous administration official, his glee about bathing the rich in more money, and his silence on family separation. Trump is big and loud and stupid and embarrassing, but for all of my adult life, the Republican Party has rested on the pillars of greed and bullying. Kavanaugh, Sasse, and the Op-ed person can write fancier and less crass sentences than the president, but those sentences are all at their core about protecting those who need no protection and harming women, workers, immigrants, and other disenfranchised communities. (A)