Some weeks you have to just put one foot in front of the other and hope for the best. Onto some odds and ends:
- The roti quesadillas of Rasul's El Ranchero. This is a truly gorgeous exploration of California's Punjabi-Mexican cuisine that weaves together legal history, personal narratives, and food. I couldn't get over the photographs.
- "Liberatory relationships allow space for change, nuance, and contradiction." What are the implications of chasing clicks for local newspapers? Don't mess with the Devils Hole pupfish. (This kind of reporting is one of the many reasons I really appreciate High Country News.)
- Community has been on the forefront of my mind the last few days. I've been sitting with this quote. The emphasis is my own: "Community is a feeling that you’re part of something that uplifts you and allows you to see eye-to-eye with different people from different backgrounds. A community holds you to a higher standard; it encourages you to focus on possibility, not fear. The epitome of community is simple: You would rather be in the room with your people than be alone." (via)
- A digital project to save Kolkata's messbaris, India's first working men's hostels. Disability justice for the apocalypse. Race, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and Waco's complicated transformation.
- The small things: Streaming Lizzo's new album. Short Stack's small-format cookbooks focusing on inspiring ingredients. WhatsApp friendships. The blue eyeshadow in this mini Huda palette.
ps - Radio Rani pre-orders wrap up in a couple weeks. (And this limited run features some of my favorite prints.)
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