Each week, the Sunday Post highlights a few articles we enjoyed this week, good for consumption over a cup of coffee (or tea, if that's your pleasure). Settle in for a while; we saved you a seat. You can also look through the archives.
After discovering that the independent bookstore where she worked was shorting its staff on weekend page, Sarah Malley asks about who's really bearing the cost of running a small local business.
If your local indie bookstore skirts labor laws or advocates against them, at the expense of its employees, can you still be sanctimonious for shopping there? If your local indie bookstore is thriving if its employees skip doctor’s appointments they can’t afford? If your local indie bookstore’s trade group doesn’t have resources for booksellers on paid sick leave, health insurance, or wage theft — in an industry famous for its tiny margins — is it an industry you’d recommend joining?
If you have a visceral cringe response to Justin Charity's analysis of "wrongthink," you're not alone. Imagine the most frustrating teenage argument you ever had — the one where your buddy or boyfriend twisted every challenge into a personal attack, interested only in scoring points — and you have a perfect picture of conservative discourse today. Nobody's a saint in the current political playing field, but can't we at least be grownups? Silly question, I guess.
The term “political correctness” unites conservatives, libertarians, and vintage liberals in defense of various comedians, rappers, and columnists; and now “wrongthink” unites conservatives and libertarians in defense of George Zimmerman and Alex Jones. “Wrongthinkers” aren’t frustrated with liberals who have somehow failed to discover them, their biases, their anxieties, and their ideas; “wrongthinkers” are frustrated with liberals who have declined to take their ideas and their style seriously in the first place.
Not an inherently funny article, and yet there's something endlessly amusing about reading so many very serious paragraphs built around the humble raisin. The raisin industry! It's cutthroat, backstabbing, borderline illegal. Harry Overly wanted to change all that.
As he tried to make changes in the raisin industry and at his own company, Mr. Overly said he faced intimidation, harassing phone calls and multiple death threats. With his spouse in the last trimester of a pregnancy, Mr. Overly found a note shoved into a crack of his front door that warned: “you can’t run.”