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On the NPR website, this is Glen Weldon, noting that his current television habits are reminiscent of those two decades ago, when he “worked in bookstores” and “tried to make mock turtlenecks happen for me.” “All these bookstores I worked in have closed,” he added. “Plus, I’m bald now, so fake turtlenecks make me look like a roll-on deodorant.” (Susan Sawatzky, Colorado Springs)

from the Atlantic, Meet Jennifer Senior about a reluctant friend: “His life has always been good, swell, it couldn’t be better, thank you. Talking to her was like playing strip poker with someone in a down parka. (Susan Dixon, Kennewick, Washington, and David Schaps, Bnei Brak, Israel)

From the New Yorker, this is Margaret Talbot on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and her ideological allies: “The America of 2022 is clearly not a country where the ability of citizens to worship freely is threatened. Nor is the nation about to roll back gun rights. Yet conservative justices often act as if they are alone in a broken elevator, pressing the emergency button and crying out for help. (Sally Corden, Madison, Wisconsin, and Pete Browne, Kansas City, Missouri)

From the Washington Post, here’s Damon Young in his first column in the newspaper’s magazine, about getting doxxed by white supremacists: “If you’re genuinely paralyzed by the tasteless monotony of existence, and feel like an arbitrary assemblage of galactic wreckage rushing towards the sweet nothingness of death, and need an anchor to remind you of the preciousness of life, try Be Black, Get doxxed.(Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, East Lansing, Michigan, and SR Cohen, Baltimore)

Finally, Time! Here’s Wesley Morris crying at the movies: “What I had felt was the old power of art to make a puddle of us. ‘ET’ led me into a love affair with being made to cry among strangers in the dark. I almost typed “being in tears”, except where is the discount? Crying for art is an honor, an exaltation, a salvation. It’s applause with mucus and salt. (Jo Wollschlaeger, Portland, Oregon, and Mary Allman-Koernig, Port Charlotte, Florida)

Here’s Molly Young on the new book ‘Love in the Time of Contagion’ by Laura Kipnis: “For three of the book’s four essays, walking through Kipnis’ mind feels like eating the best trail mix in the world : no raisin duds to spare, just M&M’s and the fanciest nuts (Barbara Buswell, Oakland, CA)

And here’s Maureen Dowd, wittily connecting President Richard Nixon’s nickname to some of his top aides with reports that President Donald Trump may have stuffed important papers down the toilet: “Nixon had the plumbers. Trump is the one who needed it. (Karen Shectman, Pittsboro, NC, and Stan Seltzer, Trumansburg, NY, among others)


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