June 3, 2017
When the going gets Saturday, the Saturday get Saturday
by Melville House
Ok, it’s Saturday — that’s not really news. The world is weird and the week was hard — that, too, falls short of being news. But we do have some news to share, and we thought we’d lead with that:
- It appears the administration is trying to make the US Senate’s 2014 report on torture harder to find? The Anarchist Cookbook this ain’t — it’s a public document produced by the Intelligence Committee of the United States Senate. Luckily, we had the idea a couple years ago of making that report into a book. People thought that was a good idea. With what’s going on now, we’ve decided electronic copies of that book should be free. So now they are.
- Also, and quite unrelated: we’re looking to hire a publicist! Are you, or is someone you know, a publicist? Join the team! We’re scrappy, committed, and, at times, very nice. Gooble gobble, one of us.
Next week is a very special week at MobyLives: we’ll be devoting it entirely to previewing our forthcoming books. A few excerpts a day, every day, for five days. Pinch yourself: the dream is real. (What does that mean?)
For now, as we do come Saturday morning every week, we’d like to take a look back at what the hell’s been going on:
- Chad Felix wrote about how bankers in England are turning to Dr. Seuss for literary style tips. “I do not like austerity measures, I do not count them civic pleasures!” Or something.
- Julia Fleischaker wrote about a new National Willa Cather Center opening in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Such sister cities as Green Blotch, Idaho and Purple Haze, Colorado may soon follow suit.
NIKKI GRIFFITHS WROTE ABOUT A BOOK THAT IS EXTREMELY VERY BIG. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT BE SAID OF THE BOOK, BUT THE MAIN REASON WE’RE DISCUSSING IT IS ITS SUBSTANTIAL PHYSICAL SIZE.
- Ryan Harrington was unable to join us this week, but he left some money for pizza on the big table downstairs. No parties.
- Kait Howard wrote about Ebony magazine’s departure from its longtime offices in Chicago, for the warmer climes of LA.
- Simon Reichley wrote about communism for kids and Communism for Kids. Also the fact that this civilization fucking blows, and the eternal lordship of Satan.
- Taylor Sperry wrote about the hero Linda Sarsour, and her unwillingness to be derailed by loons.
- Peter Clark wrote about some seeerious nice going down in the not-always-nice state of Arizona.
- Ian Dreiblatt wrote about some other nice stuff.
- We also celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Sgt. Pepper, which was, honsetly, a ton of fun.
There were also some stories we didn’t get to this week — we’re going to go fast here, so please keep up:
- Thailand has, for now at least, scrapped plans to stop distributing new textbooks free to students?
- Yale has accepted a student, apparently, because of her love of pizza. (Also her impressive academic fitness.) Possible downside: pizza is (rightfully) the most popular invention in human history. Yale now must admit all humans. (Unless, of course, that aforementioned academic fitness really did have something to do with it?)
- The saddest covfefe joke that ever has been or will be made was made this week by the loathsome antagonist of all sunshine, Senator Ted Cruz, in his continuing, doomed crusade to appear more likable than Al Franken.
- The price of Amazon stock hit $1,000 dollars this week. That is bad because Amazon sucks.
And finally, it’s Saturday morning — a time when mighty cartoons walk the earth. There’s no reason why this can’t be an occasion for learning, too:
Enjoy the previews next week, and we’ll be back to our usual news, views, commentary, and all-around cultural whale-watching on Tuesday the thirteenth.