Sunset from my front yard on the day before the election, which was a beautiful ending.
The election sucked all the oxygen out of the news-cycle room this past week. Even most of the urban and environmental politics news out there had an election-spin. But I stumbled across a fascinating story about lacrosse politics, which caught my eye because I used to play the sport and avidly follow it (making annual treks with family, at one point, to the NCAA championships). Even if you’ve never had interest in lacrosse and this is not why you subscribe to this newsletter, trust me… you’re going to want to read/listen to these.
- “Imagine inventing a sport and then being shunned by it. That’s the Haudenosaunee story,” about the invention of lacrosse (the oldest North American sport, which dates to 1100 A.D.) and the exclusion from the World Games of the Iroquois Nationals, one of top three to five teams in the world, on account of its not representing a sovereign nation, in the eyes of the organizers.
- An interview with the author of that story.
- A couple letters to the editor highlighting potential connections with historical practices of oppression and the “doctrine of discovery.”
- The most recent development: Ireland bowing out to make room for the Nationals to represent the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
On Wednesday evening, we’ll conclude our discussion of The Gardeners’ Dirty Hands with a look at the Anthropocene as a necessarily tragic epoch and extending the logic of the book’s argument to other challenges we face.
Pick up a copy of The Gardeners’ Dirty Hands and join us here for a discussion of Chapter 5 on Wednesday, the 11th.
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And read this piece about the adversity and vocational disorientation Jarrett has faced since suffering two strokes in 2018.
This dish was delicious and easy to make. It’s shrimp, cannellini, and arugula with peppers, onions, and garlic. You can find it in The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. It’s even better served with roasted asparagus sprinkled with lemon-tarragon gremolata.