Seven things to read, taste, see, and otherwise fend off the dark this week̂
- The temples at Göbekli Tepe – a reflection on the world’s oldest known site of worship, by Yasmine Seale. from Apollo magazine
- Green Apple Curry – adapted by Simply Recipes from a Trini original, this is one of my cool weather favorites. It’s vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan by substituting vegetable spread for the butter.
- The Code of Hammurabi – stunner of an essay by Jenny Slate in The Paris Review. Also involves curry.
Men did it. And they saw the Women having babies out of their bodies. And they saw the babies growing up into what could be a workforce, and they decided to take a crucial and revolting step, which was to make Women and children into property, and to condemn their own spirits and identities to be mostly defined by what happens to their property.
- For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet – poem by Joy Harjo. Harjo is the current US Poet Laureate and the first Native American poet to be honored.
Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that bottle of pop.
Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control.
Open the door, then close it behind you.
Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth gathering essences of plants to clean.
Give it back with gratitude.
- Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar – I get two calendars every year; this is the important one. In the US, purchase either from Justseeds Cooperative or Burning Books.
Now in its 19th year of publication, the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is required reading for radicals, leftists, and all who support political prisoners and advocate the end of mass incarceration. The Certain Days calendar is filled with radical historical dates, and 12 thought-provoking articles and beautiful artwork each month throughout the year. All proceeds support prisoners and grassroots organizations.
- J. Herbin Bleu Nuit ink – the perfect blue-black ink, and my go-to fountain pen refill. I get mine from JetPens, a great independent alternative to Amazon for stationery supplies. And if you do a lot of writing by hand, fountain pens are much more environmentally friendly than one-and-done disposables.
- Macbeth (2015) – My current favorite version of the Scottish Play, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, and David Thewlis. Stream from iTunes or Amazon Prime.
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