Fatigue, exhaustion, and (I guess?) depression continued into their fifth day, having haunted me since Friday. Today it was like a wall fell on me while I was at the zoo, where I was trying to get in a mental health trip in advance of Friday’s surgery.

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“Some scenes have a strobing effect,” warns each episode of the latest season of Stranger Things, “that may affect photosensitive viewers.” Know up front that not all such scenes are created equal.

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Things are still quite a ways away from Write House accepting its first invite-only members. In truth, I might have gotten things underway a bit early.

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“What we like contributes to the picture of who we are,” writes Kimberly Hirsh about constructing identity online, “but what we want people to know we like does even more so, I think.”

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Not all algorithms do me wrong. Following the Amazon engine after pre-ordering the new Molly Southbourne book out tomorrow from Tade Thompson, I stumbled onto a book recommended by both Ann Leckie and Charlie Jane Anders.

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A.R. Moxon, in “Watching the Epstein story unfold”: “Watching the Epstein story unfold, you’d almost think our entire society is based on knowing enablement of the violent abuse of marginalized people.”

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Speaking of management, I remain somewhat disappointed that my pet theory for the identity of Management on the cancelled Counterpart turned out not to be correct.

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My default mode is asking what the hell is this superficial nonsense, seeing it’s written by a “management consultant” grifter, and then understanding.

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Ryan Grim: “[Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez told me that she treats Republicans like buffoons because that’s how they’ve behaved for as long as she can remember.”

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Rebecca Traister, in “Politics Is Changing; Why Aren’t the Pundits Who Cover It?”: “Even after the peeling off of a layer of the political media’s most prominent interlocutors during #MeToo television coverage of the 2020 election is still being led by men who have sketchy histories around gender and power.”

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