I just looked through this photo essay featuring images of NYC throughout the duration of this pandemic so far. And it is as moving as it is thoughtful. Stunning work. Unfortunately you need a subscription to the NYTimes to view it. But if you do, please take a look.
When I was growing up, raised in the south by two loving parents whose values gave huge priority toward being educated and to “think for myself,” New York City was painted as being the cornerstone of American ideals. It was called the melting pot, because it was the port of entry for most immigration in a traditional sense, and the Statue of Liberty welcomed boatloads of immigrants with a glowing torch and an inscription that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”
The Lying life of Adults is a forthcoming English translation of a new Elena Ferrante book that Netflix is turning into a TV series. Looks delicious! Here’s the book’s synopsis:
Giovanna’s pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Surely there is a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is.
Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves from one to the other in search of the truth, but neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
There is no way to skirt around this blunder. Absolutely atrocious mistake. And if being American includes being proud of one’s history knowledge, this should turn one’s ire in a second … but yet it won’t. Because party over country. Because association over country. Because faith over knowledge.
Addendum: this video from 2011 shows Mr. Trump criticizing then president Barrack Obama for campaigning too much on the taxpayer’s dime(s).
In late 2011, after Trump had flirted with and then thought better of running against President Barack Obama, he sat on the sidelines and heckled Obama for supposedly campaigning too much while in office. “All he wants to do is campaign, that’s frankly all he’s good at, and we’re paying for it,” Trump complained in a 2011 YouTube video that was deleted after his own election in 2016. “Our country is blowing up around us. There’s unrest all over the place. It’s being incompetently run, and this guy campaigns and we pay for it,” Trump said of Obama.