Vote As If Our Lives Depends On It (Because They Do)
And other matters. A link roundup...
I tend to read, watch, and listen to an awful lot of Oldsterish content. Now and then I’ll pass some of it along to you in a link roundup like this one.
First things first, for everyone of every age (well, of voting age, at least): VOTE. Have you voted yet? If you haven’t already, please do so. There is so much riding on these mid-term elections. We’ve already lost so much. Any semblance of democracy hangs in the balance. Just do it, okay???? No excuses, not even yoga class. Me, I voted early, and I got that cool Ulster County voting sticker.
I was puzzled by this hospital ad on an enormous billboard in Manhattan. Giving birth at 57??
Then someone pointed me to Barbara Higgins’ moving story behind it. By Maressa Brown, for Parents.
“Iran was a place where I lived in fear that the terrible things happening around me could happen to me—and then they did.” Recently writer and filmmaker Naz Riahi wrote a moving piece for Oldster about her experience with hijab mandates as a young girl in Iran. At Harper’s Bazaar, she expanded on the story, just as movingly.
That time Marjorie Taylor Greene told a caller that she was too old to comment on abortion rights. More on this from Bess Levin at Vanity Fair.
A one-stop shop for all menopause needs? Sign me right up for Midi Health. Here, Ladyparts authorinterviews founder Joanna Strober.
“You might say that, at 80 years old, Jane Campbell is a literary late bloomer. But you also might say, as the poet Sharon Olds once did, that “anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky.” At Slate, Heather Schwedel interviews author Jane Campbell, who recently published her debut short story collection, Cat Brushing, at 80—and who is featured with me in Poets & Writers’ “5 Over 50” feature.
Hmmm, what could be making 76-year-old Cher so happy? Maybe it’s her new paramour, who’s 40 years younger? Go, Cher.
The food writing world lost two influential women writers last week—Gael Greene at 88, and Julie Powell, at just 49.
At Vulture, Rax King looks back on Julie Powell and the messiness that made her and her writing unique.
Powell in her own words, on the Julie/Julia project that made her famous, in a Bon Appetit piece from 2003.
Did I mention that you should vote?? Did I say should? I meant must. You must vote! Vote. Voooooote. VOOOOOOOOOOOOTE.
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Thanks for the links, Sari!
If anyone has the misfortune of living in the hellhole designated as Arizona's 9th Congressional District and are represented by Mr. Paul Gosar, Republican, and you have not yet voted, although he doesn't have an opponent on the ballot, I am a registered write-in candidate in the race (one of two Democrats) and votes -- all seven or eight of them -- will be counted whereas write-ins for Mickey Mouse will not. I do not live in the district, this would be just a protest vote, and Arizona Democrats have a lot more to worry about that than this one member of Congress (two in the state, actually) runnning unopposed.
I apologize if this offends anyone or gives them a heart attack, but this is the extent of my campaigning today. Mostly I am busy planning my full-time move to my apartment in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Thanks, Sari! Can't wait to meet you in person!