For 2nd Debate in a Row, Twitter Can’t Get Enough of Marianne Williamson: ‘Outshining Most of the Candidates’

This makes me want to punch someone right in the chakra:

While 2020 presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson was widely considered a non-serious candidate going into the DNC’s second round of debates on Tuesday, the self-help author quickly set herself apart from the rest of the Democrats on stage and received huge applause lines for her commentary on issues ranging from “dark psychic forces,” to slavery reparations.

Williamson’s two biggest applause lines came during her commentary on race during the course of the Democratic showdown in Detroit, as the CNN hosts asked her how she would deal with the environmental racism in places like Flint, Michigan. Though, the debate moderators failed to ask Williamson about her anti-science views, particularly on the issue of vaccines, which she has routinely questioned the need for.

Neighboring Communities Playfully Connect Atop Neon Pink Teetertotters Slotted Through the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

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One of the most incredible experiences of my and @vasfsf’s career bringing to life the conceptual drawings of the Teetertotter Wall from 2009 in an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall. The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S. – Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side. Amazing thanks to everyone who made this event possible like Omar Rios @colectivo.chopeke for collaborating with us, the guys at Taller Herrería in #CiudadJuarez for their fine craftsmanship, @anateresafernandez for encouragement and support, and everyone who showed up on both sides including the beautiful families from Colonia Anapra, and @kerrydoyle2010, @kateggreen , @ersela_kripa , @stphn_mllr , @wakawaffles, Chris Gauthier and many others (you know who you are). #raelsanfratello #borderwallasarchitecture

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From Colossal:

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have long worked in activating structures in projects that blur the line between art and architecture. The Oakland-based duo, who self-describe as pursuing “applied architectural research”, also have a longstanding interest in the United States-Mexico border wall. In 2009 Rael wrote Borderwall as Architecture, which features a conceptual drawing of a teetertotter. The concept relocates the classic playground equipment to the border wall as its fulcrum. Ten years later, this cover art came to life in the neighboring communities of Sunland Park, New Mexico and Colonia Anapra, Mexico.

Constructed by Taller Herrería in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, neon pink teetertotters slot through the wall’s narrow gaps, allowing citizens on both sides to playfully engage with their cross-border counterparts. The fundamental design of the teetertotter, while delightful and chuckle-inducing, also functions by each user literally feeling the weight of humanity of the person on the other side. In an Instagram post announcing the project Rael shared, “children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.”

Books I Read in July

After a crappy month of reading in June, I got back into a groove for July. Yeah, there are still two days left in July but I need to start a new book tonight and there’s no way I’m reading anything in two days so here goes this month’s list.

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare I haven’t read Hamlet in ages so thought I would give it another run through. I had forgotten how wishy washy Hamlet was in the first 2/3rds of the book. Still one of my favorite of Billy’s plays though. I should reread Macbeth next.

Art Through the Ages, by Helen Gardner, picked this up at the library just to go through some art history. It’s a monster of a book though (in terms of actual weight.

Diary of a Genius, by Salvadore Dali, this is a very short read, maybe 200 pages, but 200 pages in the mind of Dali is more than enough. It covers a few diary entries and is well worth it to hear his musings on random topics like why he loves accidental coffee spills and how artwork by children is just annoying when adults act like it’s amazing.

The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, by Machado de Assis, I need to read more Brazilian authors (Not Paulo Coelho though. UGH). A look at 19th century Brazilian society through the eyes of a recently deceased narrator who reflects on his life. Very witty and sharply written. I need to read more books by Machado de Assis.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson, Oh, Neal…. I have such a love/hate relationship with him. This book is extremely long, (well, all of his books are) and I just couldn’t get a good handle on it. There are certain sections in the beginning I enjoyed, and just as I got a handle of that arc, the section would end putting us in a completely different narrative. I gave up halfway through this one sadly.

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, A look at libraries through the prism of a library fire in California a while back. This book gets very high ratings on GoodReads. I thought it was ok but just got a bit bored about the fire.

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism, by Ross King, One of my favorite books from the month. A nonfiction account of the art world in the 19th century which focuses mainly on two artists. Manet and one of the most famous artists of that period who is practically unknown nowadays, Ernest Meissonier. Manet’s painting, Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, caused a stir when it was displayed in the Salon des Refuses (It was rejected from the Paris Salon), where it was openly mocked, derided, and then went on to be considered one of the first paintings of the Impressionists.

Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak, by Jean Hatzfeld Oh, a book about the Rwandan genocide as told by men who participated in the killing of their Tutsi neighbors. My god. This is a hard book to read. They talk about killing and raping like it was a menial chore like taking out the garbage. I gave up about 3/4ths the way through.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan, There is surfing in this book. A lot of surfing. I probably should have realized this by the title, but I thought there would be some surfing and then something else. I was wrong. Ok, it also passes for a travelogue, with surfing. It’s very well written, if you like surfing. Did I mention that it’s about surfing?

Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald, Whoa, I had never heard of this one before. Written in the late 50s when nuclear war with the Soviets was not a question of if, but of when, this is told through the eyes of one of the people whose job is to push “the button” and has been basically imprisoned in an underground bunker for the rest of his life (along with other members of the military).

246th Mass Shooting in the US

And we’re just on day 210 of the year:

Three people have been killed and 15 injured after a gunman attacked a food festival in California.

The gunman was shot dead by police shortly after he began firing, although police are investigating reports that a second suspect may still be at large.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival was about to end for the weekend on Sunday evening, when shots were fired at the site.

There was “a white man in his early to mid-30s firing a rifle,” eyewitness Julissa Contreras told NBC.

It was the 246th mass shooting in the US this year, according to US tracking website Gun Violence Archive.

The suspect entered the festival after cutting through a perimeter fence, Gilroy Chief of Police Scot Smithee told reporters. He said witnesses reported that a second suspect may have been involved, possibly in a support role.