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I did stuff on Labor Day and also there is Emma Goldman

I was going to do a summary of Labor Day weekend because BOY THAT SOUNDS EXCITING DOESN'T IT, but then I remembered Labor Day and thought I should say something about Emma Goldman.

But also here's a summary of Labor Day weekend:

Friday - drank with roommate and watched Darren Aronofsky's Noah.


I have no idea it's because I got progressively more intoxicated, but I started out making fun of the movie and then got really invested. Also there is attempted baby-murder, so. Be warned. Also they made up a bunch of shit. But again -- I became PROGRESSIVELY MORE OK WITH IT. Like "Hey what if some fallen angels helped man survive outside the Garden and then they were made out of rock and stuff." Yeah all right. Also there's nothing about Noah saying his ENTIRE family has to die, but if you watch the destruction of all humanity and it's just you, your wife and kids and a bunch of animals on a boat, maybe you start thinking that God just wants mankind to end, but He'd like to keep hippos and stuff.

Saturday - Worked on music. Read a bunch. Cleaned. FUN TIMES ON SATURDAY.

Sunday - Brunched with friend. Saw a new library branch. Went to a new bookstore (Ravenswood Used Books).

Ooh, magical

Then: Entertained a lady friend. Pro tip: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is not a good background Netflix movie for romantic happenings. Amélie is. When faced with this choice, go with Amélie.  Then went to Edgewater and watched the first episode of series 8 of Doctor Who with Friend and Her Delightful Boyfriend. I saw about half of this episode because I kept falling asleep. Passed out around 2:30.

Monday - Woke up at 5:45 to see sunrise. 


You see the day with a certain proprietary air when you've watched it come into being. "Oh hello there," you say later on after you've arisen from your nap because no one should be up at 5:45, "I remember watching you begin." There is no way on earth I'm making this a regular habit, but it was excellent. Also, the sky was way cooler BEFORE the sun came over the horizon than after.

Right. Now. Emma Goldman. Emma Goldman came over to America from Russia, spending most of her time in Chicago (what what) and New York City. Inspired by the Haymarket Square martyrs, she lectured on anarchist ideals around the country and fought hard for workers.

only pausing to have this badass
picture taken

You might disagree with anarchism as a political ideal (as you should, for it is silly), but her motives were excellent. It's intensely easy to criticize someone's methods or philosophy, but she was working every single day to try to make people's lives better. She believed in equality between the sexes and the rights of workers. She is awesome. And it's because of her influence and because she pushed back that we have the labor reforms we have today. 



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