“There are two reasons for the City of Hampton to exist: to provide water to 477 people and to protect the peace. Some 89 years after it became a city, the audit revealed how badly Hampton botched both jobs.”—Speed trap is dirtiest little town in America
“There’s only one published photo of the shop, which first appeared in Jazzways and was later reprinted in 78 Quarterly; it’s not even of the interior, but of the rickety wooden stairs leading to the door. The face of each step is painted with an incitement (records, hot jazz records, records 4 sale, step up save a buck, popular bands, hot jazz records), and I can only imagine the half-furious, half-wheezy sounds eager collectors made clomping up them, balls of cash wadded up in their pockets. Regardless of what the inside of the shop actually looked like—and chances are, it was fairly mundane—I like to imagine it crammed with weirdoes bickering in high-pitched voices, nostrils expanding, slowly swarming Bob and his suitcase. I like to imagine myself there, with a record or two tucked under my arm.”—From an excerpt of Amanda Petrusich’s Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records
I’ve been called every name I can possibly think of: murderer, baby killer, “deathscort,” even a “stuck-up bitch.” I’ve been told I’m going to Hell, that I have a wicked heart, that I am an evil woman. I have even been sexually harassed by a male protester. But no matter what, I do not respond. None of us respond. We don’t even make eye contact with the protesters. We have learned to tune it out, more or less. But when these horrific insults are hurled at patients, I won’t lie: It sometimes becomes difficult to bear.
My latest at TruthOut is a firsthand depiction of what it’s like to be a clinic escort at an abortion clinic in New Jersey.
“Through its comprehensive survey of 340 trans and intersex nonprofits, charities, activist collectives, and community groups worldwide, the report makes a dramatic assertion of the limits of “inclusivity theater.” It suggests, in other words, that labeling yourself “LGBT-inclusive”—as a funder, a donor, or an organization—without meaningfully recognizing the T’s distinctions incurs hardships on the very community you have included in name only. “As we’re T-specific,” said another interviewee, “it is difficult to access LGBT funding.””—But Not a Drop to Drink: How Trans and Intersex Groups Struggle to Make Ends Meet
“I desperately have tried to find merit in these movements, and would love to invite well-reasoned arguments that support them. The fundamentals of open and cordial discussion and debate are essential.”—Wine “expert” Robert Parker's tirade on the “natural wine movement,” the “low alcohol wine movement,” and “obscure grape varieties,” among other things