Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan
Outdoor seating at The Shop in Troy
Four foldable tables now grace the Fourth Street sidewalk outside The Shop in Troy. It is at least my perception that there are not very many outdoor dining options downtown, so this is a very welcome development. I’ve now twice taken advantage of this seating—once after spotting friends when walking by, and another time when friends spotted me. (This speaks more to the new seating’s contribution to street life and serendipity than to my popularity.) Now, if only someone would acquire the empty KeyBank across the street, which closed after a massive, ill-advised merger…
Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist
The DSA Convention
I’m a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest leftist organization in America, now with 25,000 registered, dues-paying members. The first ever national convention is happening in Chicago right now — okay, I lied. It’s like the 37th convention, or something. DSA has been around since the ’70s, but up until recently, it was a relatively marginal organization. It feels like the first ever convention, because of the influx of new members.
There are several slates running for leadership of the organization, the most important are Momentum and Praxis. Both are quite good — their differences are tactical, not substantive. Needless to say, this is all very exciting for me. I’m eagerly keeping track of the convention from Twitter and from the Facebook posts of my friends who are in Chicago at the moment.
Katie Cusack @katiecusackk
Bay Faction on repeat
This week I’ve been running Bay Faction’s self-titled album pretty much nonstop. I discovered the group fairly recently and the quiet focus of the Boston emo-rock band has been more than necessary for me to (try to) hone in a focus of my own. The eight-track 2015 release is a great piece of work. It’s focused and deliberate, making art from the brief seconds of silence between stop-and-go riffs and the over-pronounced vocal delivery. The listener is forced to follow along with each song in steady moving pieces and the lyrical execution sticks in your brain as if their lamentations and recollections are thoughts of your very own.