“Hardi, why in all the worlds wouldn’t we tell Wilder about this?” Robert asked, waving a hand at her comm. He’d just listened to the ransom note for the second time, and was sitting at the desk with his feet propped up.
“Yet. Not tell him yet.” Hardi stood still in the middle of the room, staring at the floor with her hands tucked in her pockets. “And I… don’t know,” she said slowly.
After that deep voice had threatened to go on “vacation” for a week, Hardi had listened to the message again. And again, until the rough voice was etched into her memory. Robert had walked in on her standing as she was now, letting the file loop. She’d looked at him guiltily, but let it play for him.
Robert sat leaned back and balanced his chair on two legs. “Have you had one of your visions? Does it feature you as the heroine, saving the planet from the bad guys?”
I finished The Spook Who Sat By the Door yesterday morning. Sam Greenlee has one hell of a knack for sharp writing, and regardless of my not being a proponent for militantism, the book struck a chord with me. Greenlee got at the heart of the loneliness of being black in a nation and profession that both expects you to act white “enough” (but only so much) and simultaneously disdains you for doing so (as you disdain yourself). It was and is a fine line to walk.
There are going to be spoilers here, but nothing that actually ruins the novelty of the book, I hope.
Continue reading The spook who counted her money
This week’s internet cruising:
- louisgray.com: Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android – I love this article. I've written before that I'm considering switching, and at this point, it's only the cost of breaking contract that's holding me back.
- YouTube – heavymedic dance work in progress – unfinished – Y'all know I'm a doc/heavy shipper.
- Penny Arcade – The Sound Of A Klaxon – Regarding the iPhone 4: "She sees that phone the same way she would see a hat, or a ladle. If you had a ladle and you tried to get soup with the ladle but the soup came out, or fell out, or whatever the culinary equivalent of a lost call is, she would try to break it over her knee before throwing it in the garbage."
- Prince Declares Internet Over – Yes, that Prince. The Artist Formerly Known As might actually become "formerly known" among the next generation with his mysterious disappearance from the Internet. Strangely, I hear his music on Pandora. Maybe that won't be for much longer. "Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website."
- Narrower Towers: 20 Of Japan’s Thinnest Buildings | Design + Ideas on WU – From Greg, this is a really cool look at very slender architecture — 7-story buildings with 1,200 sq. ft footprints (feetprint?), a building that looks less than 10-feet wide, but supposedly has a Chinese restaurant on the ground floor, etc.
- The Lazy Way to Investment Success – I'm not sure I like the term "lazy" for this style — you still need to do your due diligence on picking the index funds or ETFs, but I like the simplicity of the style.
- Buttersafe – Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays » Archive » 11 Bad Comics – Clowns and frowns.
- 2 officers out of jobs in wake of repeated Tasering of woman | ajc.com – Um. Read this.
- Penny Arcade! – The Universal Analogy – I don't think there's any harm in a bit of mocking humor on the oil spill.
- If It Was My Home – Visualizing the BP Oil Spill – Courtesy of @markrickert. Awesome visualization.
- I do not approve | Prometheus 6 – Wells Fargo and the NAACP up to some shady business?
- The Cure for Income Irregularity | MintLife Blog – This seems like a nice method for planning for irregular income.
- There will be no history majors coming out of Texas – Um, this mess is crazy.
- I’d advise against eating shellfish for the rest of your life – Huge plumes of deep-water oil. Mmm, tasty.
- Net Worth – So true.
- Buttersafe – The Five Stages – This is a particularly well-done Buttersafe comic.
- The Gen Y Guide to Personal Finance | MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice – A wonderfully concise guide to getting started saving for retirement. There are certain folks (you know who you are) who I want to beat over the head for their resistance to saving for retirement. I'm slow to start because of my loans, but I'm getting there anyway, and I'm aware of how important it is.
- Congress at the Cash Register: How Financial Reform Could Affect Your Shopping | MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice – The title pretty much says it all. I just started reading the Mint blog, and I like it quite a bit.
- My Ecdysis: Accepting Kyriarchy, Not Apologies – "When people talk about patriarchy and then it divulges into a complex conversation about the shifting circles of privilege, power, and domination — they're talking about kyriarchy." I like the idea, even if I'm not sure how to pronounce it.