Outside the Asylum
I've been away for the past few days with my mom. I've been trying to spend more time with her, and we've both been trying to have some fun in the aftermath of several deaths. That may sound weird, but the worse things get, the more each of us--my mom and I--understands the importance of fun. Fun is a lot more important than I used to think. Odd that increased age would make me understand that.
While getting smacked around by the Atlantic--which doesn't mean I don't like the Atlantic, I do, but for a girl who grew up on the Gulf Coast, let's just say that it's always an adjustment to go swimming in an actual ocean--I had a lot of ideas for new essays. Maybe the Atlantic was smacking the ideas into me. (Sometimes the Universe does that, like me trying to budge a dug-in mule with a 2 by 4.)
--Ten minutes after writing those two paragraphs--
Well, it looks like I'm not gonna be sharing those ideas with you today, because I just got a call from my mom. A friend of her husband's (who also happens to be my therapist) wrote a song for my mom's husband and is performing it, um, soon. My mom feels like she needs to go, and she doesn't drive very well at night. At the same time, Kate's having some bad reactions to the blood pressure meds and diuretic they put her on, which are lowering her blood pressure alarmingly, resulting in dangerous dizziness, so my other partner can't leave her to go with my mom.
So rather than composing my new essay, Apparently Black People Can't Die of Thirst: Anti-Racism and Digital Culture in the 21st Century, I'm gonna drive my mom across town to watch a musical performance. Instead of that essay, I'm going to leave you with this installment of Tim Black's show. It's about Jeffrey Epstein. My favorite part of it is where he talks about how nobody is surprised in the hood when people get killed before they can talk to the cops. But probably the most valuable part of it is when a former cop and corrections officer from North Carolina calls in and gives her perspective on what standard procedure is inside a jail. That part is well worth your time.
Hope you all are doing well this week. I'll be here tomorrow to chat about the Tim Black video--and anything else you'd like. I'll also crank out Apparently Black People Can't Die of Thirst sometime this week; I'm looking forward to seeing what y'all think of it.