Your White Nationalism Summer Reading List

Lets get educated.
Let's get educated. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

In order to fight white nationalist ideology, we first must know what it is and how it operates. And if you, like me, have not been able to sleep well this last week, here's a reading list to help occupy the insomnia, too.

1. "Making America White Again," Toni Morrison, the New Yorker

So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble.

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Four Ex-Christian Rockers Walk into a Studio: Lo and Behold, Lo Tom!


Whatever you do, don't call Lo Tom a "supergroup." Band leader Dave Bazan, for one, is embarrassed by it.

"Supergroup made us all laugh," he says. "'Cause if the record gets announced as a supergroup thing, people will expect something that sort of... implies intention on our part. And I think with this project all we ever intended to do was just have fun together."

But the other three members of Lo Tom—who released their self-titled debut album in July—are TW Walsh, Jason Martin, and Trey Many, all staples of the Christian indie-rock set brought forth by Tooth & Nail Records in the 1990s (the label is now headquartered in Seattle). Bazan played in Pedro the Lion, Walsh in Pedro the Lion and the Soft Drugs, Martin in Starflyer 59, and Many in Velour 100 and Starflyer 59.


The Arts in Nature Festival returns to Camp Long in West Seattle 8/26-27!

Hosted by the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association: featuring musicians, dancers, actors & artists from across the style, cultural, material & production spectrum! Headlined by Seattle's Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band - known for bringing exciting reggae beats to wide audiences! A convoy of food trucks keeps you energized, with Monumental Undertaking sponsoring this year's beer garden! Tickets $5 - $16.

Get them HERE!

King County Labor Council Endorses Jenny Durkan

Jenny Durkan on election night.
Jenny Durkan on election night. nate gowdy

The M. L. King County Labor Council has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor.

An affiliate of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), the MLKCLC represents various labor groups and a total of 100,000 workers across the county. It is one of the largest and most prominent labor groups in the region.

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Culture News: Shelton's New Film Premieres, Seattle's Dreamy New Supergroup, and Drag Queen Robbie Turner Is Leaving R Place

Outside In has already sold to distributor The Orchard in advance of its premiere.
Outside In has already sold to distributor The Orchard in advance of its premiere.

Lynne Shelton’s New Film Outside In Will Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September: The drama about an ex-con returning to small-town life was shot in Granite Falls, WA, and stars Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever, and Ben Schwartz. There was also a host of amazing local talent involved in making the film, including (Stranger Genius Award nominee) Mel Eslyn, and Lacey Leavitt, who produced it.

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Serial Killer Speed Dating Canceled Because Apparently Men Don't Want to Date Serial Killers

Serial Killer Speed Dating will not be taking place in Seattle after all.
Serial Killer Speed Dating will not be taking place in Seattle after all. Serial Killer Speed Dating

On August 4, the Seattle Immersive Theater (SIT) sent out a promotional email about their next show: Serial Killer Speed Dating—a production from LA's Abel Horwitz—was to take place at Capitol Hill's Liberty Lounge on August 19 and 20. “We’re dying to see you there” read the email, promising speed dating with a twist.

Unlike a typical theater performance, this one seemed particularly dedicated to its dating game premise. Attendees had to register for one of three events: There were two options for male/female pairings and one for “gay,” which turned out to be for gay men only. A second “gay” edition, this one for women, was “coming soon.” The performance would seat participants with a potential soul mate for five minutes at a time. It was unclear how many participants would actually be actors, how many would be spectators, and how many would be spectators open to a potential romantic spark, but if you correctly identified the “serial killer” from your brief dates, you could win a prize.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up


Recent Savage Love Letters of the Day: Should there be rainbow tiki torch parades? Does the tip count? Should she keep fucking that Nazi? Should she stay in the closet with her friend? Also: last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

I said what I had to say. Now readers, listeners, and potential-Nazi-fuckers get their say....

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Seattle Food News: Derby Pulls Up, Frankie and Jo's Branches Out, Farestart Makes Bank, and More!

Dont look too long at its glistening surface, lest you be as hypnotized by it as some of my foodie colleagues were.
Don't look too long at its glistening surface, lest you be as hypnotized by it as some of my foodie colleagues were. Geoffrey Smith

Ethan Stowell Is Open for Business in SoDo

Derby, Stowell's latest venture, opens Friday. At a media preview lunch yesterday, I sampled some of his all-American fare—including ridiculously thick slabs of candied bacon, perfectly crisp fries, and an excellent Reuben—and some of the more inventive fare, like spicy sautéed zucchini with olives. As Instagram-perfect as those bacon slabs were, the zucchini was the most potent reminder that, though it's dressed as a roadhouse, it's still an Ethan Stowell joint at heart.

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Can You Make Sense of this Graffiti?

As seen on the sidewalk on my walk to work.
As seen on the sidewalk on my walk to work. CF

I am either too old or too young to get it. My best attempt at deciphering it? Okay, let's see...

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A Distant Relative Died in 1940 and No One Ever Picked Up Her Remains—So I Did


I've never known much about my dad's family. He and I are close, but he doesn't seem to know much more than I do—from what he tells me, it seems to be a pedigree of hardscrabble lives and early deaths in rural Western Oregon. He never knew his paternal grandmother's name; she died before he was born. Dad also had a sister who was married with babies in her teens and who died suddenly at age 28, and someone once told me a sotto voce story about how the sister and a friend had gone swimming in a pond somewhere near the Hanford nuclear site and soon after their hair fell out, their organs shut down, and they died. When I asked an aunt about this, she said that's not how it happened. But she couldn't tell me how her sister had actually died, either.

This has all seemed just unfathomable and Carverian to me. How do you not know your own grandmother's name? Like, what needs to happen in order for that to happen?

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Derek Erdman Is Selling All His Art for Cheap and Skipping Town—Go Buy It!

People dont like cats, but I, for one, like cats.
Look at this cute little queen. Derek Erdman

For perhaps obvious reasons, I thought Derek Erdman's Graveyard was the last bit of art Seattle would see of Derek Erdman before he scurried off to Chicago forever. And I was sad. The idea to fill a grassy field at Volunteer Park with signs for luxury condos was surprising, cheeky, funny, goading, slightly illegal(?), and all the other adjectives that reminded me of the bright, poppy Erdman paintings I admired when I first moved to Seattle in 2011, just as he was really beginning to ramp up production.

Luckily, this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Erdman and Ashley Armitage are throwing a big going-away art sale at their apartment on 16th and Madison. Erdman has over 100 paintings he wants to sell. Including...

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The Reason Why Many of the New Buildings in Seattle Are Bland and Ugly

A house on this San Francisco's Vallejo Street recently sold for $21.8 million.
A house on San Francisco's Vallejo Street recently sold for $21.8 million. Charles Mudede

The thing you can't help but notice while driving around San Francisco is the absence of active construction. As someone from Seattle who constantly hears banging and drilling and builders shouting up and down the street—and who, until recently, could see a giant crane from their bedroom window (it seems to have jumped across South Alaskan Street to do work on a new development next to Columbia City Station)—the absence of any kind of construction is just spooky. It recalled that Hungarian fairy tale about a wicked spell that time-trapped a bunch of kids in the branches of a huge tree. As the world around these children changed, they remained the same. The moral of the fairy tale—at least for me—is that youth is only beautiful if it is in time, aging.

Though San Francisco has seen an increase in building permits this year (it's "up almost 142 percent of the norm"), it still not nearly enough. The most expensive city in the U.S. needs new and wage-related housing, badly. But here is the thing: When SF does build something new (usually, of course, luxury apartments), it's almost always better designed than what we see in Seattle, a city undergoing an unprecedented construction boom (there 58 cranes in Seattle, and only 22 in San Francisco).

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Terror Attack in Barcelona

Trump: "There was violence on both sides, okay? There were some bad people in that van but there were also some very fine people in that van. And it wasn't just the pedestrians who got hurt. Look at the van. It's pretty damaged. The people who died did a real number on that van. It's probably totaled."

Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon Write an Open Letter to Their Fellow Jews

This just went up at Medium:

The President has no filter, no self-control, you have told yourself. If he were an anti-Semite — a Nazi sympathizer, a friend of the Jew-hating Klan — we would know about it, by now. By now, he would surely have told us.

Yesterday, in a long and ragged off-the-cuff address to the press corps, President Trump told us. During a moment that white supremacist godfather Steve Bannon has apparently described as a “defining” one for this Administration, the President expressed admiration and sympathy for a group of white supremacist demonstrators who marched through the streets of Charlottesville, flaunting Swastikas and openly chanting, along with vile racist slogans, “Jews will not replace us!” Among those demonstrators, according to Trump, were “a lot” of “innocent” and “very fine people.”

So, now you know. First he went after immigrants, the poor, Muslims, trans people and people of color, and you did nothing. You contributed to his campaign, you voted for him. You accepted positions on his staff and his councils. You entered into negotiations, cut deals, made contracts with him and his government.

Now he’s coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it? If you don’t feel, or can’t show, any concern, pain or understanding for the persecution and demonization of others, at least show a little self-interest. At least show a little sichel. At the very least, show a little self-respect.

You'll want to go read the whole thing—particularly the section where they call out Jared and Ivanka by name.

Nikkita Oliver: "I Will Obviously Vote for Cary Moon"

Cary Moon and Nikkita Oliver
Nikkita Oliver's Peoples Party is not yet endorsing Cary Moon. "We don't just give something for nothing," Oliver told KUOW. nate gowdy

Nikkita Oliver is voting for Cary Moon for mayor—but don't call it an endorsement.

Oliver, an attorney and educator who took third in the primary election for mayor, told KUOW yesterday that she will be voting for Moon.

"As a voter individually, I think most people know where my vote will lie," Oliver said. "I will obviously vote for Cary Moon, given the options."

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The Morning News: Council Candidate Sheley Secrest Under Investigation for Democracy Voucher Fraud, AP Moves Away From Using "Alt-Right"

Medics treat people struck by a car that drove through a crowd in Charlottesville.
Medics treat people struck by a car that drove through a crowd in Charlottesville. GETTY / CHIP SOMODEVILLA

The Associated Press Moves Away from the Term "Alt-Right": After the events in Charlottesville, let's all finally be more specific in our language.

More People Can Now Say the Words "White Supremacy": But now we actually have to actively act against it, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large writes. "Today what we are seeing of white supremacy is the small part of the iceberg that sticks above the water — the Klan, Nazis, white nationalists," he says. "But now that our attention is focused, my hope is that we’ll follow the tip down to the large block of attitudes, behaviors and structures that chills life in America for so many people, usually in less dramatic ways. Disavowing a bunch of thugs is a no-brainer, for most people anyway, but digging deeper will be harder."

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