Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // June 28, 2019

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // June 28, 2019

Toxic Masculinity and Mass Shootings

There is a fantastic interview with Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues, on the podcast WTF by Marc Maron. Eve wrote a book called The Apology, channeling her sexually and physically abusive late father, and though we haven’t read it yet, it sounds very compelling. She makes a sound and impassioned plea about midway through the interview to men to come on board in addressing the epidemic of abuse against women. Everyone should hear this. Women have taken on the job by default, but come on, this is not just their problem. It’s frequently been suggested, mostly by the left, that we treat gun violence as a public health epidemic. This article makes a strong case that abuse against women is a key indicator, shall we say symptom, for mass shootings. We know that kids getting shot is a huge moment for media to rack up the clicks, which we imagine informs editorial decision-making. Even if it’s just reading more articles about any litany of terrible things men have perpetrated against women, this is important, let’s go, men. Or better yet, donate to Eve’s nonprofit, to help end violence against women and girls.

”The global economy runs on parties,”

Well if this isn’t a singing endorsement of what we do, we don’t know what is. Good news: the Invaders will not soon be AI-ified. Inquire within about investment opportunities into this very special business that, per the paper of record, fuels the global economy. 

Psychedelics and Science

The support for decriminalizing drugs is growing. Psychedelics have been demonized by the Christian right and praised as a tool for higher consciousness by indigenous groups for centuries. You can continue to believe that anything the government classifies as a Schedule 1 narcotic as the devil, or you can find study after study claiming that psychedelics may be part of a solution to many mental health issues facing the world today. Around the campfire in Utah last night, we talked about how humans like to think they know things, and when they “find something out,” they usually stick to the old information rather than admitting that they don’t have enough information to make a sound decision. We try our best to be the people unafraid to be wrong every once in a while.

Plan Less to Reduce Stress

On the six week trip that ½ of PlaceInvaders and his dad are on right now, they book last minute a lot. They figure out what to see the day before or day of. They’ve made changes at the last minute and crossed towns off the list that they aren’t going to make it to. They had to fix a motorcycle and got stuck in a town for a day and it really wasn’t that big a deal. They don’t miss hotel stays or Airbnb reservations. The only plan is an itinerary. Honestly, there’s enough stress in the father-son dynamic that they don’t need the fear of not being able to see that one part of the state park to make the trip absolutely perfect. You can’t judge a trip by the sights you don’t see.

In Defense of Doing Nothing

Simply a great argument for spending idle time. We’re not afraid to take a blanket to the park in the middle of a sunny Tuesday, and we don’t think you should be either. If you’ve managed to design a life for yourself that gives you, gasp, time to just chill, be proud of that and take advantage. Be perhaps even more proud than you are of your hustle and non-stop busyness. Reframe your out of office message, share with your boss that you need a moment away just to be away. We understand there is a huge amount of privilege in this article and the encouragement to just sit around doing nothing. Give someone else the chance to take a moment to themselves, because when we’re idle, we recharge, and we have ideas and inspiration we might not have had staring at a screen.