A Few Things

Hello, Friends. Happy May Day! It’s Labor Day in France today. Schools and shops would normally close today, and they are — but it feels so different this year. President Macron spoke last night and told everyone that he knows today is normally a celebratory day, and that he’s sad this year that there can be no celebrations.

On a happier note, one sweet French tradition is to give little bouquets of Lily of the Valley on May 1st. Apparently, on the first of May in 1561, France’s King Charles IX was given a Lily of the Valley flower as a lucky charm and liked it so much that he decided to offer them each to the ladies of the court.

Other things to report: We cleared lots of rubble at the new house this week, and Flora June asked for a haircut — we cut off 9 inches! Her curls have bounced right up. And Betty finished reading Emma, and wants to watch some of the movie adaptations. Last night we watched the Gwyneth Emma. Tonight, we’ll watch Clueless. And tomorrow we’ll watch the new Emma.

Ready for links? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-Data suggests twice as many excess deaths in March and early April. Take away traffic fatalities from “expected” death rate, and the deaths due to COVID-19 number is probably even higher.

A Ramadan Like No Other: Images From Around the World.

-I can’t fathom 5000 gigatons.

-Six weeks (or more) into self-quarantine, editors of academic journals have noticed that women — who typically shoulder more family responsibility — seem to be submitting fewer papers than usual. And men are submitting more.

-What do your kids call your grandparents?

-Many of the tax benefits in the stimulus are “just shoveling money to rich people,” said Victor Fleischer, a tax law professor at the University of California, Irvine.

-The Women Asked ICE for Soap. They Got Pepper-Sprayed Instead.

Wealth shown to scale.

-I want this Marimekko dress from Uniqlo. Here’s more of the collaboration.

Here are some tweets I saved for you:

-Have you considered the idea that your isolating-at-home is a political act?

-Please read this thread by Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo movement.

-What words have changed you?

-I wonder if we’ll ever have an accurate count.


-Hah! Memes created by artificial intellgence.

Good question.

This thread probably deserves it’s own post. Such a good parenting discussion.

-We’ve all accidentally taken part in a carbon-reducing action, and we’ve learned we need changes at a big structural level.

-Interesting thoughts on the 1920s.

This thread is an adventure!


-A thread on American manufacturing in China over the last 25 years.

-I would watch this all day long.

-Who says you’re unproductive?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


10 thoughts on “A Few Things”

  1. You find such gems on Twitter. I’m curious about your Twitter process/strategy. I often get overwhelmed or fall down political rabbit holes (that leave me furious and unable to concentrate.) It makes me wonder if I am doing Twitter wrong?

  2. Some of these articles are making me so furious I can’t read all the way through right now: the article about academic papers and the one about ICE. Holy! I will need to save these for later in the week. The Wealth one is fascinating though! Thanks for the links.

  3. You have THE best round up of Twitter threads. Are they all from your follows?

    I see I’m as curious as Deb above about this!

    BTW I’m a huge history nerd and the idea of rethinking 20’s history in light of the 1918 pandemic is amazing!

  4. Oh, the “that world is gone now” just got me right in wherever I’ve been shoving down my grief. Ouch. Anybody else find some things just gut-punch you, unexpectedly?

  5. I like your twitter links too! Thanks. I can relate to the female academics publishing dwindle so much. Makes me furious, somehow, although I also see why it works like this — even in my own family.
    My favourite Emma (among all screen Emmas) is the series with Romola Garai. Highly recommended. Jane Austen’s oeuvre is a big calming presence in my life, especially these days.

  6. I second the suggestion of the Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller version of Emma. It’s the best one out there and a huge family favorite!

  7. Is there an update on Ben’s Teachur? The Kickstarter page was last updated on Feb. 2019. Wondering if they got accredited.

  8. About Emma! My husband and I (both Jane Austen fans) have been watching all the film versions, too. I like them all for different reasons. The newest version was a shock the first time, because it has such a different, quirky vibe. But it has grown on me as I’ve re-watched it and now it’s a favorite. Be sure you don’t miss the mimi-series with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. It’s so much longer and so it can include details and depth that movies don’t have time for. And Michael Gambon in that one just might be my favorite Mr. Woodhouse. Enjoy!

  9. okay, the little girl doing sheep handling was adorable! But I had no idea sheep made that kind of a sound IRL!

  10. More Emma suggestions! I agree the Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller version should not be missed and that Michael Gambon is my favorite Mr. Woodhouse as well – he portrays parental affection so well.

    Another Emma to watch is the Kate Beckinsale, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong version. It’s the first version I ever watched, when I was about 12 years old, and as such it will always be a favorite.

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