Saturday Linkages: Congrats Nithya Raman!

Is Naming Your Garden Pretentious?

Mesquite, crucial to Indigenous diets for centuries, works miracles with water and needs no fertilizer. Why don’t we grow more of it?

Partial fire season relief, at last: cold storm arrives in California Friday

I Don’t Like Flashy Wood – Go Figure

Two Gen Xers Walk Into A Retirement Home…

Bruno Latour: ‘This is a global catastrophe that has come from within’

Saturday Linkages: Murder Hornet Halloween

‘He couldn’t move’: New York City man falls into sinkhole full of rats

The West has failed – US and Europe have made a mess of handling the crisis

Column: U.S. individualism isn’t rugged, it’s toxic — and it’s killing us

It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again

Yih and Kulldorff’s “Radical” Covid Strategy: A Recipe for Disaster

‘They give me the willies’: scientist who vacuumed murder hornets braces for fight

‘Zombie batteries’ causing hundreds of waste fires, experts warn

Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” in a Detroit Parking Garage

I close with a quote that seems appropriate both for Halloween and for the political crises we’re in. It’s from one of my favorite books, Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? and builds off of Marx’s love of a snarky vampire metaphor:

The most Gothic description of Capital is also the most accurate. Capital is an abstract parasite, an insatiable vampire and zombie-maker; but the living flesh it converts into dead labor is ours, and the zombies it makes are us. There is a sense in which it simply is the case that the political elite are our servants; the miserable service they provide from us is to launder our libidos, to obligingly re-present for us our disavowed desires as if they had nothing to do with us.