Lots worth reading. Let’s get started:
- A little old, but “Everything you need to know about gov’t shutdown.” Also: this is a nice parody of what’s happening in DC. Weigel’s got a lot of good stuff, including this incredibly sad piece about how unless it absolutely has to be done (and even then, there’s a lot of people who don’t understand the danger of “not paying bills”), there is no room for “regular order” in Congress. His “Shutdown Diary” is a briefer version of the same case, one I tend to agree with: this is “democracy off the rails.” I’m not going to give you any pro-shutdown links, because I think for the most part they’re fantastically stupid. However, NRO’s Robert Costa is doing some solid reporting on House R’s and you can learn a lot from his twitter.
- Kiera Feldman, who writes for The Nation, does some amazing, challenging reporting. From a while ago: this story of abuse at a megachurch is sickening on so many levels. The story that’s on my mind is one about settlers in illegal Israeli settlements. To say it is a complex issue and that a lot more has to be done for peace would be the epitome of understatements.
- I take this to be more about certain communities than any particular one: “My children will never reject me,” I remember saying. They adored me. Later I discovered it was more complicated than that.
- Elliott Holt has a moving and powerful essay about her mother’s death and neighbors in the nytimes.
- If you want something completely different, you can watch Svetlana Chmakova draw a dragon for 12 minutes or so.
- Lute music!