Apologies for not putting out a Long Version last week. My wife, Claire Payton, and I were busy with the launch of our best joint collaboration yet: Naomi Chaya Payton-Katz. 7lbs, 2.8oz. 19.75 inches. The most amazing thing on Earth.
Everyone is in good health, thank God, and recovering fine. Sleep is sporadic. Since I can’t think clearly enough to write at the moment, here are some of the best things I’ve read lately:
Jamelle Bouie on who really freed the slaves
Dara Lind on prison overcrowding and COVID-19
Marlene Daut on how defacing and removing statues is history too
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Here’s hoping Naomi and the rest of her generation will someday get us out of the mess we’re in. More soon.