Beaches have officially opened here in the city this week, and with it comes a joyous welcoming of summer. Without the beaches, summer as a season had the ability to seem and feel slightly abstract. But with the beaches opening a week after school’s end, maybe this is where we begin (of sorts). I’ve been thinking about all the ways to get to water. Some of which I highlighted in my essay in this week’s newsletter. I’m looking forward to a slow weekend. Would love to hear about what’s inspired you this week?
Here’s what’s inspired me this week:
Just strung in my own backyard
“Free Food” Bed-Stuy
Need two more, because in reality they are the perfect summer white noise machine.
“I think it’s because when you’re home schooling all day, and not performing the work you were hired to do until the wee hours of the morning, and do it on repeat for 106 days (not that anyone is counting), you might be a bit too fried to funnel your rage effectively. Why are we not hearing a primal scream so defening…
Black Girl Sunscreen (so excited to use after this week’s post)
(Photo of Misa Hylton and her son, Justin in her archive of intimate photos from the Hip-Hop 90s Heyday via The New York Times)
woof the “you can’t have both article” really lays it bare. I am not a parent, but I am a preschool teacher and watching the parents in my class try to cram in work phone calls during zoom circle times and listening to them unburden themselves on conference calls after bedtime has been heartbreaking and totally unsustainable.
I am hopeful for the amount of articles I have seen that are also focused on how much more falls on mothers (which I know mothers have always known). My partner and I are working our way through reading All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman, talking about how these trends are already playing out in our relationship without kids, and trying to take actionable steps to change.