I’m still in freak-out mode apparently. I don’t know that it’s entirely my fault really. Jon Stewart keeps saying what I would say and thank God he does, I’m so grateful for him. I love the most recent show, where he talks about our reaction to one case of Ebola and what we say we must do about it, vs all the deaths from guns, heart disease, etc. and how little we’re prepared to do about these genuinely life-threatening problems.

I just read this article about the garbage in our oceans. Every day I read about some horrible thing we’re not doing anything about (save the few people who are desperately trying to change that). Please read this article. Be informed at the very least. It’s well written and fascinating. You won’t be bored. It won’t feel like homework. (Actually a couple of sentences perplexed me and I had to just move on and forget them.)

Here, appropriately enough, is a detail from a picture of a grave in the Trinity Church cemetery. I liked the crude skull. I swear my next post will be about something upbeat!

Trinity Church gravestone, New York City

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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