Recommended reading

Here are some interesting, fun, or otherwise notable things I’ve come across on the web lately:

— Laurie Penny’s searing essay in The Independent, about nice guys who rape;

— Historian John G. Turner in the New York Times on racism in the Mormon Church;

— A disturbing piece by the excellent Sady Doyle in In These Times, on our culture’s fascination with female train wrecks;

— Heidi Knabe (who’s a powerful writer and whose personal website I recommend highly), “Ugly Fat Bitch”;

— Garry Wills in the NYRB on Romney’s taxes (among other things, Mr. Wills will school you as to the origin of the phrase, “pig in a poke”);

— Two fun new (to me) websites, Yiddish Curses for Jewish Republicans and Dogshaming;

— And finally, there’s this bizarre story out of Europe on what is possibly the worst art restoration of all time: a well-meaning elderly amateur painter, in an effort to “improve” a priceless century-old fresco in a Spanish church, shocked parishioners when she managed to make its image of our Lord and Savior resemble a monkey. Rhesus Christ?

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Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee