Abomasnow, Mega Abomasnow, Abra, Absol, Mega Absol… Zygard Complete


Mega Abomasnow, from the Pokémon website.

I’d like to publicly thank my son, who spent 35 minutes reading through the entire Dramatis Personae of the Pokémon universe into my phone, in a monotone, to create a soundtrack to help me fall asleep at night. At the end of the list, he even began an open-ended discussion of “cool cars,” including one with a V-12 engine —something that has reliably caused slumber when he broached the subject in the afternoon. Here’s hoping, because I have pretty much stopped sleeping at night altogether.

According to the Pokémon Super Deluxe Essential Handbook, “An important part of a Trainer’s job is to take good care of his or her Pokémon.” I feel very taken care of today!

Late October Word of Mouth


Essays: The Book of Delights — Ross Gay

Fiction: The Farm — Tom Rob Smith

Middle-grade novel: Merci Suárez Changes Gears — Meg Medina

Podcast: Cautionary Tales — Tim Harford, “The Rogue Dressed as a Captain.”

Not-so-ancient wisdom:

The routines of journalists are based on assumptions of how candidates will behave and Trump violates all those assumptions. And so the routines break, and the practices break, and they don’t want to reinvent their routines, so they sort of keep on with the tools that they have, and they don’t apply to Donald Trump. And one of the best examples of that is the whole notion of a gaffe — a candidate lets something really damaging slip from his or her tongue, and it becomes a controversy and distracts from what the candidate is trying to accomplish. The entire presidency of Donald Trump is a gaffe. It’s a twenty times a day gaffe, and so to even use that term with Biden —which the campaign press did earlier in the year, talking about his gaffes— is kind of crazy there’s something lunatic about it. But it’s an example of clinging to your practices after the premises underneath them have fallen through.

Jay Rosen, from the podcast, On the Media, “Emergency Mode”

March Word of Mouth


Delight: A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food — David Downie

Non-Fiction: Women and Power: A Manifesto –– Mary Beard

Non-Fiction: So You Want to Talk About Race — Ijeoma Oluo

Strategy: How life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom Garry Kasparov

TV: False Flag — Amit Cohen, Maria Feldman


Song: O Menina Dança –Novos Baianos

Not so ancient inspiration: A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.  Maya Angelou