(Or: הפעם השלישית, אנתישמיות)

I didn’t want to talk about ice cream tonight. I was actively avoiding the news articles that talked about it. Another anti-Israel boycott. We’ve been here before. My one lone voice isn’t going to change anything. …


Sometimes when I’m reviewing Thing A, I like to start with a review of Thing X first. It helps me to give context to what I want to say about Thing A, even if they may seem entirely unrelated. …


So. It’s March 1st. We are now three weeks away from Israel’s fourth election in two years. And, honestly, if not for COVID, we’d probably be on the fifth election by now.

I was originally going to do a quick run-down of how we got here and then go into…


I’m writing this at 5am, because holy hell have I just entirely lost control of my sleep cycle, and I definitely didn’t sleep last night at all, and I’m kind of hoping that if I take a shower around 6 or 7 and force myself to go outside, it will…


I want everyone to join me in a little thought experiment for a moment. Imagine that you’ve just walked through a door, into a room.

It’s a normal room. A few chairs, maybe a sofa. There’s a coffee table. Some bookshelves. Just, some generic room in some generic space. …


The other night, as a part of Juneau’s Social Justice Movie Club, which is organized by the incomparable Catherine Hatch, I watched the 2018 RBG documentary. …


If sports are not political, then explain to me why Jesse Owens was banned from the sport of running after winning four Olympic gold medals.

If sports are not political, then explain to me why Jackie Robinson had to promise not to fight back against racism before the Dodgers were…


Imagine you live in an old house. I dunno, let’s say it was built in the 1800’s by a bunch of white nationalists, just for the sake of conversation. And let’s say that you haven’t had any problems with this house in the whole time you’ve lived there.

But one…


Today, the Supreme Court ruled on a small batch of cases on discrimination in the workplace, as they relate to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The short summary is: an employer cannot discriminate against someone for being transgender or gay. Phew. …


JK Rowling has a problem with vocabulary. For someone who’s made a fortune writing words, she doesn’t really seem to fully grasp how words work.

You see, words define our worlds for us. If you don’t have a word for something, you can’t talk about it. And closely-related words, well-chosen…

Emily Mesch

I came into this world riding on the heels of Halley's Comet and the Chernobyl meltdown, screaming bloody murder from inside a bomb shelter.

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