My poor Basset Hound Daisy has been diagnosed with vestibular syndrome, otherwise known as “old dog syndrome.” She is walking around like a drunk sailor these days, and falls over when she tries to shake. Since she was a rescue hound, I’m not exactly sure how old she is, but we guess that she is at least 11, and so well within the range for this disease. It is certainly a design flaw that our canine companions have such a short life span compared to humans.
A lovely day for a parade in Philadelphia on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, even if the whole thing has been hijacked by corporate sponsors.
Discussing her book: Finding Women in the State
I have my first edition of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book, Good Omens, which I read when it first came out in 1990. Now there is a new miniseries coming out on May 31st (starring my favorite Doctor, David Tenant), and I decided to go back and reread it just for fun. I powered through it in one sitting.
Here is the cover of the German version of my book, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence. I am sad that they didn’t include the subtitle, but it does make the cover look much cleaner and less cluttered. It’s out on October 27, 2019!
“The division between profit-making and people-making points to a deep-seated tension at the heart of capitalist society. While capital strives systemically to increase profits, working-class people strive, conversely, to lead decent and meaningful lives as social beings. These are fundamentally irreconcilable goals, for capital’s share of accumulation can only increase at the expense of our share in the life of society. Social practices that nourish our lives at home, and social services that nurture our lives outside of it, constantly threaten to cut into profits. Thus, a financial drive to reduce those costs and an ideological drive to undermine such labors are endemic to the system as a whole”
- Arruzza, Bhattacharya, and Fraser, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, page 71
So happy to be next to Princess Leia, and in the company of Rebecca Solnit and Blair Imani.
In response to today’s news out of Alabama, Project Syndicate published an op-ed co-written by me and my Indiana University colleague, Maria Bucur. Yes, things in Romania really were that bad!
Thanks so much to Sophia Benoit for asking such great questions.
The sun was shining and the words felt like they were going to flow…
Well, at least to pretend that I am traveling to Spain, France, and California through an assortment of rosé wines from my local state-owned and operated Fine Wines & Good Spirits. Indeed, all of the stores selling wine and spirits in the state of Pennsylvania are owned by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Given that 50% of the profits in the alcohol industry are generated through retail sales, opponents of the state control of retail alcohol profits have been trying to force Pennsylvania to privatize the state-run wine and liquor stores for years. They have consistently failed.
it’s nice to know that every time I drink a glass of rosé, I am supporting the state budget of Pennsylvania!
My first really big public lecture. I was so nervous I vomited before I took the podium.
I was walking across campus today and somehow this sculpture just spoke to me. Spring is in full bloom in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love!
For those of you interested in the works of Alexandra Kollontai and her views on sexuality, I finally finished reading the final part of her 1923 essay, "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth" for my A.K. 47 podcast. I’ll be discussing it in depth during my next episode, but make sure you listen to the whole essay before you listen to the discussion.