Mom Always Liked Nice Things Best
It's a Sunday, so it's time to take a break from the daily news grind, put your feet up, and then change your socks and remind yourself to be careful about where you put your feet up next time. Let's get right to it!
Wonkette Book Club: Supply Chain Issues
Last week I announced our next Book Club selection would be Rebecca Solnit's 2009 A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. As I noted at the time, it doesn't look like Amazon has any affordable copies of the hardback or paperback available, but the Kindle ebook is there, for $12.99. It also looked like the trade paperback is available from the publisher, Penguin Random House, for $18, but it appears to be on backorder at Indiebound. That may also be the case with Penguin Random House; I didn't actually follow through with an order since I have the ebook and am a cheapskate.
So the question is: Do we go ahead and do a book club with e-editions (or whatever library copies you can find) only, or go find another book? I'm several chapters into Paradise Built In Hell and I think it's pretty good, and since the ebook edition is definitely available in multiple formats for $12.99, I'm inclined to go ahead if there's enough interest. (More about the book in last week's post).
So let's find out! (If you don't do the Twitters, let me know what you think in the comments below, which Wonkette does not allow).
For our next @Wonkette Book Club, I'd like us to read Rebecca Solnit's "A Paradise Born in Hell" (linky two tweets… https://t.co/nfmrtpLuky— Doktor Zoom (@Doktor Zoom)1589124143.0
As of right now, I'm inclined to go ahead and Book Club this thing anyway. But either way, next Sunday, May 17, we'll definitely discuss this Chris Hayes interview with Rebecca Solnit, about how disaster can bring people together (not that we want disasters) and even lead to greater equality. It's so good! Give that sucker a listen even if you can't / don't plan to get the book, 'kay? If enough people DO wanna read the book, our schedule looks like this, unless we change it, because that's how we are.
May 17: Podcast interview and Paradise Built in Hell through Section II.
May 31: finish the rest of the book
Time For Twitter Stuff Now!
I've been advised that when I embed too many tweets it makes these posts very difficult to read on mobile devices, so I will endeavor to not break the platform for y'all. Enjoy!
First up, a reminder that at least some people still have their heads screwed on right in this crazy world:
ANYWAY IT’S SNOWING IN MAY DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF MURDER HORNETS SO I DID THE ONLY LOGICA… https://t.co/0v4ZW3xXBb— Sara Lynn Michener (@Sara Lynn Michener)1589064422.0
Alert Wonkette Operative La Bibliotequetress discovered this evidence that back in February, two of my favorite Twitter accounts, Poorly Drawn Cats and the wonderfully strange Normal Cat Pictures, appear to have crossed their streams. Somehow, every atom in the universe survived.
?¿ https://t.co/SjzbfKQYJV— poorly drawn cats (@poorly drawn cats)1580835482.0
Speaking of Normal Cat Pictures (they're generated by an apparently malevolent neural network), here's an amazing coinkydink:
@normalcatpics https://t.co/6xP2YqmRKS— Aidan Reilly (@Aidan Reilly)1588979540.0
No, I'm not going to stop posting them. You're the weird one.
But here's a cuteness chaser. Lookit that floofy face!
my coworker keeps requesting to sit on my lap and she refuses to take no for an answer so this is my life now i gue… https://t.co/yjV9gLci92— Molly Priddy (@Molly Priddy)1588954696.0
Houston, we have a blep.
important update: https://t.co/Bn2anfZ8AT— Dr. Paula R. Curtis (@Dr. Paula R. Curtis)1588982787.0
stumbled on a block party in brooklyn where everyone was on their stoops and a guy was DJing and people were dancin… https://t.co/ofx9B0BPB5— David Mack (@David Mack)1588467007.0
Kid Zoom's kitty, Millie, is handling lockdown just fine:
Those paw curlings.
ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman (follow her, fools!) has important Walter video:
The content you need for today: A slowmo Walter shake. (sound up) https://t.co/bOtvlje8cz— Jessica Huseman (@Jessica Huseman)1588955604.0
BREAKING NEWS: Penguins have taken over the World. https://t.co/hDm0z3qmhl— Britgirl's Tweets (@Britgirl's Tweets)1588937906.0
Stereotypical? Possibly. Adorable? Definitely!
That’s top drawer Italianing. https://t.co/NuIG3R7JpR— David Paxton (@David Paxton)1588854757.0
This is what cat engagement photos would look like. https://t.co/x2MY6pJ1xx— Michael's Cat (@Michael's Cat)1588770682.0
Sea otters! That is all. SEA OTTERS!
Why is lunchtime always so fun with the sea otter staff https://t.co/ITv6FHvwGO— Oregon Zoo (@Oregon Zoo)1586450837.0
OK, last one: Wonkette's own Jamie Lynn Crofts bought a dangly cat toy that requires her to hold the stick to make it fun. That did not sit well with the kitten whenever Jamie set the toy down.
She's SO SAD! https://t.co/mamfyrVxF4— Natasha Romanoff (@Natasha Romanoff)1588620623.0
The kitty's sad demands also reminded Thornton he's hungry, so I'm outta here. Have a fine Sunday, alla youse!
Oh, fine, obligatory Thornton from a day or two ago. He's so judgy.
Yes this is your OPEN THREAD. Be nice.
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Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.