An Immigrant’s Month in Review #1

In case you want to catch up on what you might have missed — or if you just signed up and never got the letters in the first place.

Seems like a long time ago, but it’s only been about a month and a half since I launched Immigrants as a Weapon. A lot of you have signed up and subscribed since then. And I want to sincerely thank you. Independent journalism — and good, honest journalism in general — has been gutted and has gone the way of Detroit. Your support really makes a difference.

Despite — or more accurately, because of — the collapse of journalism, our news cycle resembles a meth-fueled reality TV war zone these days. We barely have time to process what just happened before a new disjointed scandal or outrage takes over and we’re all expected to drop everything and rush the enemy’s trenches like it’s our last chance at survival, only to be told to pivot again just a few days later and rush some other outrage target. It’s nonstop. Day after day after day. It’s disorienting and psychologically debilitating. I have no idea how people handle it all. My guess is that some get hooked on it, while many others simply shutdown and stop paying attention. That’s certainly my own gut reaction to what’s going on: retreat and withdraw.

I know we’re all inundated with information and constantly pressed for time. There’s just no way all of you have been able to read all the letters that I sent out. But in case you want to catch up on what you might have missed — or if you just signed up and never got the letters in the first place — here’s a recap of all the things I wrote over the previous month or so.

Thanks!

—Yasha Levine

PS: Here’s a Russian killer crow I spotted next to our place in Moscow this autumn.