Keep on Keeping on

As the U.S. goes to hell in a handbasket

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The phrase “going to hell in a handbasket” came to mind after spending half an hour on Twitter. I looked it up and found there’s no tradition of the hell-bound traveling in handbaskets. The researcher thought it was just a variation of going to hell in a wheelbarrow, as is depicted in some old paintings and stained glass windows. The fact that a whole human being would not actually fit in a handbasket was apparently overlooked for the sake of alliteration, showing an esteem for poetry which feels vaguely uplifting despite the context.

What else can you do but try to find that sliver of hope? Gotta keep on keeping on. And that’s what we’ve been doing at Fourth Wave since the last newsletter.

Valued and welcome new contributor Vena Moore explained why we shouldn’t depend on Black women to restore U.S. democracy in No, My Vote Didn’t Save America.

Esteemed expert on single living and PhD Bella DePaulo told us What We Gain When We Stop Obsessing About Romantic Partners in her review of Briallen Hopper’s Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions.

Talented poet Jen Maidenberg offered her dreamlike Air Traffic Control.

Musician, grandma and observer of culture Shannon Mary Sims considered What I’m Still Learning From My Friend Cho Cho.

And I offered two contributions:

Dems Need a New Word for Socialism: American voters misinterpret the term


The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Test: How to tell if your behavior is appropriate: a tool for men

And that’s the way it is, as Walter Cronkite used to say, which I think I’m adopting as my new newsletter closer. I hope you find a few pieces of interest on this list. Until next time, keep reading and writing, and if you’re in the mood for sharing, Submit to the Wave!



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