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happy birthday, Shakespeare. you know it was hard to be the bard

“Then there’s Austin, which is totally crazy. If you walk from one end of downtown Austin to the other, you cross three different congressional districts” @TexasObserver, on gerrymandering ahead of Texas’ appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve racist districts

Karbach’s Brandy, You’re A Fine Girl

book review: Under the Lights & in the Dark, by Gwendolyn Oxenham. I thought I’d like it, but I loved it. I recommend this compelling, inspiring (but not pollyannaish) collection of stories not just to soccer fans, or women’s soccer fans, but to anyone. fantastic. 📚

I know, it’s just one poll. but for Beto to be in “too close to call” range of Cruz? in mid-April? hell. yes.

(brb, getting some merch to help boost that name recognition)

this essay on echo chambers as cults is a long one, but the key point (made in the first half) about the difference between “echo chambers” and “epistemic bubbles” is really interesting

new Tolkien? yes please

Stone Brewing’s Mikhail

The New Yorker: “There are lots of details and surprises to come, but the endgame of this Presidency seems as clear now as those of Iraq and the financial crisis did months before they unfolded.”

Next was a title that’s been on my list since the 2011 Tournament of Books, where it got to the semis. This opening round review is a good one.

book review: Next, by James Hynes: really enjoyed this. I think I would have even if I weren’t so familiar with much of the setting (a bright, hot day in downtown & south Austin), but that was a bonus for sure. (and what a final act!) 📚

even apart from Mueller, Cohen, Stormy, etc., look what these sons of bitches are doing. “The new interpretation reverses decades of action by Republican & Democratic administrations to protect the animals as they navigate the globe… Oil companies are the greatest beneficiaries”

god forbid this happens, but if it does, I’ll protest it. will you? (P.S. the bigger that number, right now, the better)

McSweeney’s: “Some of those disclosures were repeated through other channels, at times using custom Print Shop banners taped to windows or bedroom doors.”

Sierra Nevada’s Ovila

Onion poll: “nearly 70 percent of respondents admitted having ‘some reservations’ or ‘very strong reservations’ concerning the malevolent emotional feedback machine relying on their deepest fears and insecurities to generate advertising revenue”

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