HEWN, No. 322

Doves are just pigeons who've had better PR since, like, Noah

This week's Columbidae is a white-winged dove. (Image credits)

“Just like a white-winged dove sings a song sounds like she’s singing whoo baby whoo said whoo.” (Who else is a little freaked out, what with the recent deaths of Ric Ocasek and Eddie Money, at the thought of the number of rock stars over 70?)

In other bird news: “The number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century,” The NYT reports. And the CIA has declassified some of its Cold War-era pigeon missions.

I don’t have a lot to say this week. I’ve been hard at work writing and revising, and my brain is there, not here.

I will repeat something I said on Twitter: The Sandy Hook Promise PSA making the rounds this week was chilling, for sure. But also quite scary are its closing lines that we can stop school shootings if we “know the signs.” The organization is promoting the ol’ “see something, say something” routine, and I do not believe more suspicion and surveillance of students (by students) gets us a safer future. As Harry Cheadle writes in Vice, “the culture of hypervigilence and militarization isn’t the same thing as gun control.”

Also worth noting: “The Problem With Sugar-Daddy Science” by Sarah Taber. “To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution” by Ben Tarnoff. “Jonathan Van Ness of ‘Queer Eye’ Comes Out” by Alex Hawgood (featuring a tweet that makes JVN cry by NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST-ed Tressie McMillan Cottom).

That’s all I got. For now.

Yours in struggle,