3. “Paper Planes,” one of M.I.A.’s most popular songs, was released 10 years ago on her sophomore album, ____________.
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This Week on Radio Atlantic
Kurt Andersen on America’s Magical Thinking: In this week’s episode of the podcast, the man who brought us the phrase “short-fingered vulgarian” talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, Alex Wagner, and Matt Thompson about the long history of fantasy winning out over truth in the U.S., and what he learned from his years of covering Donald Trump for Spy magazine. Listen and subscribe here.
Poem of the Week
This one is more like a poem of the month—H.H.’s “August,” from 1876:
Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry.
Pathetic, summer seeks by blazonry
Of color to conceal her swift decrease.
Read more here.
In response to Olga Khazan’s article on “queen bees” in the office, Valerie Purdie Greenaway explores the role race might play in these bullying dynamics—an issue that many readers also brought up. Nicole writes:
As a black woman I always feel as though I’m under intense pressure to not only be perfect but to also not be better than my supervisor. I believe that white privilege is a major source of this. Feeling entitled to success makes it easier for individuals to dehumanize those that they feel are in their way. I don’t think my supervisor wants me to succeed. I think she wants to maintain a dynamic of superiority that she’s unable to get with men.
Another reader, a doctor, has a different hypothesis based on her difficult interactions with female nurses:
I often think that women can be resentful of each other because of all the sacrifices we have to make to succeed in competitive fields. Sadly, as a young black doctor, some of my worst critics have been other women of color, who I suspect (and this may sound juvenile to say) are jealous of my potential and ambition. I try to counter these attitudes by championing other women coming up in the ranks behind me, because I genuinely hope that there is room for all of us at the top.
Read Greenaway’s essay here.
Cable news criticized, activist benched, crisis anticipated, preschool teachers taught.
Time of Your Life
Happy birthday to Loretta (born around the time Guam became an unincorporated U.S. territory); to Rachna (twice the age of Spotify); to Lauren (a year younger than Game Boys); to Priscilla (the same age as Vladimir Putin); to Mike’s daughter Kimberly (born around the time the Iran-Iraq war ended); to Tim’s spouse (the same age as the state of Hawaii); from Mom to Fitzgerald (a year younger than hip-hop records); to Jeffrey’s wife, Patricia (the same age as Larry Bird); and to Sarah’s phenomenal mother, Pamela (a year younger than the Beatles).