I’m getting teary-eyed at a fruit stand, running my fingers lightly over the fuzzy skin of a peach while willing my bottom lip to stop its ridiculous quiver. I will not cry. A little change of plans is nothing to be sad about, as sad things go. A few weeks ago, I was supposed to have picked up my teenage son after a month at summer camp on a riverbank in North Carolina, the place he loves more than anywhere on earth. Next year he plans to work there all summer as a counselor, and after that he’ll be off to college with future summers unspooling toward his adult life, away from us. So I’d been counting on the fact that when he got back this time, we’d have our final turn to do all the summer-things we’ve done as a family since he was born. We’d take our last end-of-summer road trip to visit cousins. Sleep in on our last lazy August mornings. While away our last long, hot afternoons in the quiet of the backyard. This would be our last summer in one … [Read more...] about The Great Fortune of Ordinary Sadness
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(Illustration: Frances Jetter) This article is part of The Nation’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue. Download a free PDF of the issue, with articles by James Baldwin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Toni Morrison, Howard Zinn and many more, here.Is there a relationship between homosexual liberation and socialism? That’s an unfashionably utopian question, but I pose it because it’s entirely conceivable that we will one day live miserably in a thoroughly ravaged world in which lesbians and gay men can marry and serve openly in the Army and that’s it. Capitalism, after all, can absorb a lot. Poverty, war, alienation, environmental destruction, colonialism, unequal development, boom/bust cycles, private property, individualism, commodity fetishism, the fetishization of the body, the fetishization of violence, guns, drugs, child abuse, underfunded and bad education (itself a form of child abuse)—these things are key to the successful functioning of the free market. … [Read more...] about A Socialism of the Skin
Tonight’s episode offers an up-close-and-personal look at two very different leaders who share one thing—a willingness to do (almost) anything necessary to keep their people safe. At Alexandria, Michonne wrestles the secrets that have been kept from her and some serious talkback from Judith. Then there’s Alpha, who rules the Whisperers with an iron fist and redefines the concept of “tough love” with her daw-dah. Both women must deal with a serious crisis of confidence, which, to no surprise, reveals rather divergent approaches to problem solving and consensus building. As unrest grows, Michonne relies on the will of the people; Alpha prefers a less democratic solution. And all the while, Henry continues to be a dumbass. Kudos to the Whisperers for their very Method approach to their roles: With no zombies anywhere nearby, they still shuffle around in the woods like the dead. (Even Lydia can’t help walker walking, though she’s maskless, freshly … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Recap: You Come at the Queen, You Best Not Miss
(CNN)Paula Madison grew up knowing she was different. Born in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Harlem, New York, she was raised by a single mother who looked Chinese. "When my mother opened the door and told me that dinner is ready, other kids would be very surprised," Paula says. "Sometimes, they'd start using racial slurs." Madison's father was African-Jamaican and left her mother when she was three. "My mother always looked sad because she was away from her family," she says. "I've known for my whole life that my grandfather is Chinese. I thought helping my mother find her family would make her happy." Read More Paula knew that her grandfather had gone to Jamaica from China in 1905 to work on a sugar plantation and after his contract was fulfilled, he stayed in Jamaica to open a store. She was determined to find out which village he came from and if he had any living relatives in China, but the only clue she had was her grandfather's name: Samuel Lowe. … [Read more...] about Meet the black Americans going home to China
Story highlights CPR and life-saving medical procedures are incredibly difficult in zero gravity Astronauts on long-term deep-space missions may rely on telemedicine (CNN)Doctors can't make house calls to the International Space Station, but even if they could, Earth's routine practices like setting up an IV, taking a blood sample or even keeping a wound clean are incredibly difficult. Consider heart attacks. Even the healthiest astronauts could suffer cardiac arrest due to the harmful nature of space itself. But CPR as we know it on Earth isn't possible on the space station because it's missing one key ingredient: gravity. Trying to perform chest compressions when you're floating around only results in two people pushing away from each other. So what's the solution? Five methods have been tested to find the best replacement for CPR in space, according to Dr. Jochen Hinkelbein, executive senior physician at the University Hospital of Cologne in Germany. Hinkelbein recently … [Read more...] about What happens if astronauts get sick in space?