The Days’ Reading, August 2–4, 2017

I have a plan for the day: I will work, then I will run, then I will take out the trash, then I will wash dishes.

Congress

Javier Panzar, Los Angeles Times, Rep. Ted Lieu speaks to activists working to oust GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher at ‘empty chair’ town hall (August 1, 2017)

Trump

Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, The Land of the Large Adult Son (August 4, 2017) — please read this. You will not regret it.

John Cassidy, The New Yorker, Trump’s Defense Strategy: Bravado, Denial, and Mockery (August 4, 2017)

Robin Wright, The New Yorker, Why Is Donald Trump Still So Horribly Witless About the World? (August 4, 2017)

Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, Trump tweets about ‘excellent’ jobs report 15 minutes after its release, violating federal rule (August 4, 2017) — they do not give a shit about any rule that doesn’t have an actually enforced penalty attached to it (and even most of those are swept aside). “This rule is to ensure that you don — “ “Will I get thrown in jail?” “No, there’s not really, like, enforcement.” “Haha, fuck you. I’m tweeting.”

Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, Norms and Cliffs in Trump’s America (August 3, 2017)

Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, The bully in chief is losing his touch (August 3, 2017)

Emma Baccellieri, Deadspin, Donald Trump Clears Time In His Busy Schedule To Complain About Golf Magazine Being Fake News (August 3, 2017)

Heather Long, The Washington Post, Trump is a ‘crony capitalist,’ says GOP Senator Flake (August 2, 2017)

David A. Hopkins & Matt Grossmann, The Washington Post, Trump isn’t changing the Republican Party. The Republican Party is changing Trump. (August 2, 2017) — I dunno if “changing” is the word. I don’t know if Trump has enough of a moral center to actually be described at all. He’s a nothing, taking on a different shape each day to suit the moment.

Workers

David Uberti, Splinter, Slate’s Biggest Enemies Are Donald Trump and Its Staff Trying to Unionize (August 4, 2017)

Dave McNary, Variety, Robert B. Martin Jr. Plans Unconventional SAG-AFTRA Presidency Campaign (August 3, 2017)

David Bacon, The American Prospect, Can Organic Farming and Unions Transform California’s Hottest Farm Belt? (August 3, 2017) — this doesn’t at all live up to the title, and in the end I don’t really know what it’s about

Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress, Trump is about to make America much crueler to unionized workers (August 2, 2017)

America

Matt Wolfe, The New Republic, The Handshake (August 2, 2017) — a #long#read on a strange criminal case in Palm Beach

Music

Jeff Weiss, LA Weekly, The Haters Are Wrong: Sublime’s 40oz. to Freedom Is a Long Beach Classic (August 2, 2017)

Baseball

Collin Whitchurch & Jarrett Seidler & Greg Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus, Transaction Analysis: Beckham Bounced to Baltimore (August 2, 2017)

Matthew Trueblood & Wilson Karaman & Gideon Turk, Baseball Prospectus, Transaction Analysis: Liriano Learning on the Fly (August 2, 2017)

Basketball

Sam Borden, ESPN, NBA bust Darko Milicic finds success in a most unlikely profession (August 2, 2017)

Advice

Lorin Stein, The Paris Review, Help! My Friend Is a Vaper, and Other Questions (August 3, 2017)

Movies

Christy Lemire, Roger Ebert.com, Wind River (August 4, 2017)

Sheila O’Malley, Roger Ebert.com, Columbus (August 4, 2017)

Glenn Kenny, Roger Ebert.com, Kidnap (August 4, 2017)

Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert.com, The Dark Tower (August 4, 2017)

Richard Brody, The New Yorker, I Watched “Die Hard” for the First Time (August 3, 2017)

Theater

Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, The ‘Curious Incident’ of a young detective set loose to find life’s truths (August 4, 2017)

Fire

Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, San Bernardino County hotshot firefighter killed while battling Montana wildfire (August 4, 2017)

Judges

Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress, Michigan Democratic senators cave to Trump on powerful judicial appointment (August 4, 2017) — I don’t know how good or bad this particular judge is beyond the one example Millhiser gives, so it’s hard to say how good or bad returning the blue slips was

Shkreli

Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, The Difficult Voyage of Martin Shkreli, the Pharma Bro, Comes to an End (August 4, 2017)