Hey there. The leaves have been falling, falling, falling and seem very close to done and my parents are visiting for a spell so let's not waste any time this week. We'll just "get a move on," as my mother would say. (And since she's here, I can hear her say it.)
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1. It seems like Scientology is in the ether, and has been for the past couple of years, whether it's another celebrity telling a survivor's tale (Leah Remini this week) or a dinner party conversation turning to the topic of that HBO documentary Going Clear. My first recommendation is Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, the book from which the documentary is adapted. You should read it even if—maybe especially if—you've already seen the doc.
2. In Lakota Woman, Mary Crow Dog tells of her youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota and her experiences with the American Indian Movement of the sixties and seventies. It is an autobiography not to be missed, for voice, story, and history.
3. On the shortlist of things I love: diners. Also: breakfast for dinner. Or lunch. I'm off to introduce my parents to one of my favorite diners in town. I don't know what they're going to order, but I'm having my usual: breakfast. Any time of day.
As always, art by the invaluable Jen Deaderick.