Pretentious Semicolons, Trump’s Ignorance, and Ivanka’s Exploitation of Feminism
Women who “work”: Ivanka Trump’s new book is full of glib rich-person feminism, Michelle Goldberg writes. The first daughter regularly denies the existence of her own fleet of household help in discussing her own questionably successful business ventures, proving yet again that there is no such thing as a “good Trump.”
Bloody bloody bad presidents: Jamelle Bouie takes hold of the tangled knot of confusion that is our president’s recent comments on Andrew Jackson and the Civil War and tries to explain the depth of its wrongness. (For a lighter take, there’s Mike Pesca’s Spiel on The Gist on Tuesday night.)
Guess that leak: Katy Waldman parses the voices of the “anonymous White House officials” providing us with Trump tidbits and offers tips for Kremlinologists looking to make IDs. (Example: Look for “entrepreneurial.” That’s Jared.)
New tools for talking: Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky, a specialist in high-risk pregnancy, read Willie Parker’s book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, and it helped her with a difficult conversation.
For fun: Kurt Vonnegut said using semicolons was an unnecessary pretension, indulged in only by writers who want to show off their fancy-pants degrees. Ben Blatt did the math and found out he might be right.
You’ll pry them out of my cold dead hands,