Damien Broke his Hand and Marshmallows Make Bad Music 😳

Josh Flagner, Damien Bowman • 3 min read

Frankly, I can't believe we're back in your inbox already. We're heading into the weekend in Cleveland and another humid heatwave. It's the perfect weather to stay inside and read newsletters all day. I can't believe Damien didn't tell us which hand.

We'll email you every couple of weeks, whenever we have something to say, or maybe never again. You never know with us.

My favorite thing

My favorite thing since the last time we talked was telling my daughter all about these superheroes.

What I'm Reading With a Broken Hand

I broke my ring finger and a few bones in my right hand and am having my first ever surgery bright and early on Monday morning. If you're the praying type, please send them my way as I struggle through the next several weeks with one hand. All that said, the show here must go on, and here's some reading material to get you through this weekend's scorcher.

I don't know if you've heard, but America landed on the moon 50 years ago tomorrow. I am a history nerd, but I'm only going to reference this once here. A really good read from the Times about why that landing means as much in 2019 as it did in 1969.

Fifty Years Ago We Landed on the Moon. Why Should We Care Now? (15 minutes) [Jill Lepore/New York Times]

Josh and I will have a longer, in depth conversation about journalism, newspapers, and how it impacts our daily lives in 2019 and beynd, but here's a piece from the New Yoker about the journalists who've survived the drastic change in the newspaper business.

Does Journalism Have a Future? (30 minutes) [Jill Lepore/The New Yorker]

We never promised we wouldn't talk about politics. Here's one on the man who's remembered for his achievements in civil rights, the space program, and Vietnam.

The Divided Legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson (16 minutes) [Doris Kearns Goodwin/The Atlantic]

Have a great weekend, and if you're going to Put-in-Bay, I'll see you there!

What I'm listening to right now...

Joytime 3 from Marshmello.

This was a recommended album on my Amazon Music account, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I have to say, once I got past the fact that I was listening to a guy dressed up as the worst part of a s'more, nothing about it got better at all.

It's all good if EDM is your jam, but I just can't get down. I dig house samples as parts of a movie score or under a hot hip-hop track, but that's as far as I go. I flipped over to the Metallica station. Nothing gets me through a couple of challenging hours with spreadsheets like old-fashioned metal anthems.

Send Her Back
The last thing I want to do is turn this newsletter into my personal Rachel Maddow show, but since we're still getting to know each other, I think it's important you know where I stand on a crowd chanting "send her back" - about three American born elected representatives and one naturalized citizen elected representative - at an incumbent president's campaign rally.

It's racist. I'm not one for blanket if-then statements, but it's very important to define where you stand on this issue. It's un-American, racist, and embarrassing.

Have a great weekend, all is not lost. I believe we're going to be the shining city on the hill someday. I also believe the first step to becoming that light is knowing it's a lot easier for me to say these things because I'm a straight, white male.

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