I wish each newsletter could have an opening song. I know, I know it could be annoying, especially if we picked something like “Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go”. However, this month I would pick the smash Múm hit “Sleep/Swim”, a short, quiet, instrumental that I want to think is asking, “Would you like to take a afternoon nap or go for refreshing swim?” Fortunately, I’ve had a few of those days this summer.
In addition to summer leisure, this season has been bustling for Gridwork. It’s a good balance. We are grateful and inspired. So I am going to start off this newsletter with a little work news and links, and then suggest a few late summer reads. Perhaps some material to read by the pool or lake? Or between naps? All these leisurely summer thoughts made me think of the song “Summer Breeze”. Another possible opener
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As you probably have heard, marijuana is now legal in Washington state and there has been a lot of discussion about how the pot economy will operate. This New Yorker article about analyst Mark Kleiman is a fascinating read full of eclectic, innovative solutions.
As I read this, I kept trying to envision Kleiman’s studies on the illicit market, and what his team did in the field. How does one produce accurate data on the number of black market marijuana users? Sure makes my day look tame.
Women are the fastest-growing segment of prisoners in the U.S.
That stat is what gave the show Orange is the New Black it’s name. Like so many people, I am a big fan of the Netflix original series. I’ve read and listened to a lot about the real Piper, the main character. But not as much about her husband, Larry.
On the show, Larry is not so likable. But the real-life Larry tells his actual story in this great personal essay. About how he met Piper, that time she went to jail, what they hoped the show would achieve and how strange it is to have your life adapted into a TV show. He’s much more likable now. So is she. I will need to pace myself during Season 3.
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