“Total Victory, Mom: It Couldn’t Be Better”

edithFor once, not from the Guardian’s Photo Blog, but from the New Yorker:

Everyone at the apartment of Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued Edith Windsor’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, exploded in screams and sobs when the ruling came down. Kaplan called her mother and said, “Total victory, Mom: it couldn’t be better.” Windsor said, “I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” Then she called a friend and said, “Please get married right away!”

Photograph of Edith Windsor and Roberta Kaplan by Ariel Levy.

Rest in pieces, Defense of Marriage Act. After yesterday’s appalling Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act, this was a relief, and some good news from a court that has demonstrated that it isn’t always on the right side of history.

I Don’t Mind/The Weather’s Fine

India MonsoonFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

An Indian man struggles pointlessly with his umbrella as waves lash the shore during a high tide in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Despite everything, I’m choosing to look at this as an essentially optimistic photograph. Sure, when you look at it in one way, the poor man clearly had no chance of staying dry with one umbrella against all of that, but if you choose to look at it more favorably, the very fact that he tried seems kind of wonderful, don’t you think?

Falling Down Is All That I’ve Ever

houseFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Damaged house in Bareges, southwestern France, two days after unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country. France said today it would declare a state of natural disaster in the southwest of the country after floods claimed three lives and devastated Lourdes. Photograph: Laurent Dard/AFP/Getty Images

It’s been a week in which I’ve felt like I’ve been under a lot of pressure from multiple directions, and for multiple reasons; I woke up today with a sense of Thank God it’s finally Friday after all. I feel like I know where this house is coming from, in other words.

Gets In Your Eyes

riauFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Firefighters spray water on the burning land on the outskirts of Pekanbaru in Indonesia’s Riau province. The haze from fires in Indonesia is currently blanketing Singapore and could persist for some weeks. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

This is one of those images that looks beautiful on first glance and then you read the description of what is actually happening.

When The Fireworks in Me Are Gone

graduatesFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Graduate students celebrate by splashing water during a parade after their graduation gala at Huazhong University, China. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

It’s been a hard week, so far, with too much needing to be done and no time to do it all in, for various reasons (I finally just caught up with a deadline from Monday, to give you an idea of how my timing isn’t working out). There’s something both beautiful and joyous about this pic; I think it’s going to be my inspiration today as I continue to struggle through.

This Kind of Thing is The Reason The Dogs Will Rise Up and Kill Us All

horrordogFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Who’s a pretty boy then? A dog with animal designs at a creative grooming competition in Seacaucus, New Jersey. And he’s not the only one – check out the others in our gallery. Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media


Seriously, we can class this as a crime against nature, right? I’m not just imagining that…?