Worth a Thousand Words?


E2: What do you want me to draw?
Me: Uh… a beach ball

E2: See!
Me: Oh, that’s very good.
E2: (to her brother) What do you want me to draw?
E1: A hippocampus with a griffin on top of it
E2: What’s a hippocampus?
E1: It’s a part of the brain, and a griffin is half lion, half eagle.
E2: …
E1: And the griffin is eating an ostrich, tail first, and the ostrich is eating a baby and the baby is eating a worm and the worm is eating dirt and the dirt is eating space and space is eating time and time is eating the space-time continuum because it’s always being paired with space, which is always trying to eat time, and the space-time continuum is devouring the Earth because humans are trying to use it to teleport and time travel, but the Earth is being burnt by the Sun and the Sun is being devoured by Betelgeuse, which is exploding in a giant supernova, which in turn is being exploded by dark matter, which is being eaten by dark energy, which is being eaten by Winnie-the-Pooh. Which is being eaten by honey. Which is being eaten by a chandelier. I don’t know why there’s a chandelier, but it didn’t like the honey.
E2: …
E2: I can’t draw that.


Dun Dun Dun


When you realize E3 is one of those babies that hates cars…


Conversations with Tyler (podcast): The Complacent Class


The tables are turned on Tyler Cowen, and he is the interviewee in this promotional episode of his new book, The Complacent Class.

Americans are moving less, starting fewer businesses, marrying people more like ourselves, and choosing as much as we can based on algorithms that wall us off from anything that might be too new or different. As a result, we could see a version of America that is more segregated, more unequal, and no longer the leader of tomorrow’s greatest achievements.


99% Invisible (podcast):

Sanctuary Part 1: Church


Sanctuary Part 2: State


This two-part series on the Sanctuary movement in the 80s makes me want to go read The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver with Biggie.

The Allusionist (PRX): Sanctuary


The Allusionist goes back to explore the earlier conception of Sanctuary in medieval England.


Backstory (podcast): Border Patrols — Policing in America


In the second episode of our two-part series on immigration, we explore how the federal government monitors and polices the undocumented. We’ll consider the origins of illegal immigration, as well as how the government’s deportation powers have grown over time.

Most people don’t know that the first codified immigration policy against a specific ethnic group was against Asians: The Chinese Exclusionary Act of 1882. Know your history or you’re doomed to repeat it.

Related: On the Outs — Restricting American Immigration