By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Patient readers, I hope you enjoyed Christmas, and are enjoying Boxing Day. For the duration of the Naked Capitalism holiday season, I’m going to run Water Cooler as an open thread.
For the past year or so, I’ve been extremely online, which is one reason the links here are so very eclectic (at least I like to think so). But what that means is that I haven’t had time to read any books, except the sort of Grade B fiction that I can devour at a sitting, and that infrequently. So I am going to go to the bookstore and buy some books — probably middlebrow stuff, nothing too challenging — and then read them, instead of gulping down enormous quantities of news-adjacent krill on the Twitter. If you have any suggestions, please put them in comments — but I’m not going to be able to read too much, since my vacation will only last a week or so.
So talk amongst yourselves! Do remember, however, that this is a holiday for the moderators as well, so don’t make them work hard. Be excellent to each other.
Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, (c) how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal, and (d) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. Today’s plant (TH):
TH writes: “A cheery spray of aster type flowers. Don’t know exactly what any of these are but I liked the yellow and blue color opposite combo. Looking at it super-sized, one wonders if I was thinking, ‘If I can’t get them all in focus, they should all be out of focus.'” I believe the yellow flowers are Black-Eyed Susans, a favorite of mine from growing up in the Midwest, and also easy to grow and self-seeding. Yes, they are in the aster family!
Also, if any of you go out on your Christmas walks with camera (or, I suppose, phone), I’m running out of plants. Wintry plants would be especially appreciated!
Readers: Water Cooler is a standalone entity not covered by the annual NC fundraiser. So if you see a link you especially like, or an item you wouldn’t see anywhere else, please do not hesitate to express your appreciation in tangible form. Remember, a tip jar is for tipping! Regular positive feedback both makes me feel good and lets me know I’m on the right track with coverage. When I get no donations for five or ten days I get worried. More tangibly, a constant trickle of donations helps me with expenses, and I factor in that trickle when setting fundraising goals:
Here is the screen that will appear, which I have helpfully annotated.
If you hate PayPal, you can email me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, and I will give you directions on how to send a check. Thank you!