I was going to write a joint book review this weekend of The American Way of Poverty and The New Deal: A Modern History, both of which I’ve read in the past month. But then I got socked with a two-day migraine, the kind that comes around about once a season and has me making friends with the toilet bowl, the ice pack, dark, dark rooms, and narcotics.
So writing didn’t happen. But to distract myself from the pain, listening did.
I started with this most enjoyable hour of On Point discussing the romance novel industry. It had surprisingly little condescension, and although I would have liked some acknowledgement of non-hetero markets and amateur writers (*kof*kof*fanfiction*kof*kof*), overall it was a thoughtful reflection on the enduring popularity of narratives that center around relationship formation.
Then I moved on to Boston and socioeconomic inequality, which has been in the news a lot recently due to the nationwide media attention and due to the fact we have a new mayor (Marty Walsh) assuming office who was elected in part because of his working-class background and pledge to make Boston more affordable for those of us not in the 1%.
And finally, an hour of the Diane Rehm show devoted to gay rights in “law and sports” (an opportunistic conglomeration if I ever saw one!). I can’t say I learned anything new during this hour, but did appreciate the articulate presence of the Department of Justice’s Stephen Delery (emphasis mine):
I hope y’all have a good week ahead, and — health willing! — I’ll be back next Monday with the promised book reviews.