Quote of the Week.
It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. — J.K. Rowling
The Top Story.
On Safari in Trump’s America. [The Atlantic]
A lot of people have gone out into middle America looking for an explanation for President Trump. The New York Times. The Guardian. Time Magazine. Sarah Silverman’s new show seems to think that the liberal bubble is a physical place and that you leave it by heading to middle America.
To someone from one of those inscrutable red places, this feels like a form of poverty tourism where reporters travel to rural, blue collar communities and say, “Hey, of course they voted for Trump, look at this place!” Third Way’s
Third Way’s recent trip found that many people on both sides don’t want to build consensus or forge compromise. Liberals and conservatives were “essentially, separatists, proud of their extremism and disdainful of the unenlightened.”
Perhaps bridging the divide starts by ending the special reports. By remembering that the relatives, classmates, and co-workers we unfriended — the ones with MAGA hats and Woman Cards — were people we liked before politics. When we don’t have to travel far away to talk to someone who voted differently, we can just talk to our friend who did. Not because we deserve an explanation or to enlighten them, but because we value their opinion and want to listen.
Weekly Reads and Links.
+ The incredible Harry Josh blowdryer now comes in a 1lb version. Hello, Xmas gift.
+ If you can’t find a spouse who supports your career, stay single. [HBR]
+ These brutally honest charts are so funny (because they’re true). [Bored Panda]
+ How to excel in a male-dominated industry (hello, politics). [Forbes]
+ Single, unemployed, and suddenly myself. [New York Times]
The Weekly Ws.
What I’m Baking. This one-bowl pumpkin sheet cake with brown butter frosting.
What I’m Playing. HQ Trivia (use code abrab2005 to sign up).
What I’m Wearing. This amazingly soft $26 short robe.
Photo of the Week.