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  • Less than a day after telling governors to “call your own shots” on reopening, Donald Trump has started posting tweets openly fomenting protests of virus restrictions in three states with Democratic governors.
  • How did the biggest coronavirus cluster in the U.S. emerge in a corner of South Dakota?
  • Everyone who is a fan of David Berman knows there is only a small amount of his writing available to read—which is why it's so great that fans have compiled a 53-page PDF of Berman’s writing titled The Colonial Manuscript.
  • Shakespeare In The Park has, unsurprisingly, been cancelled for this summer, and The Public Theater, which runs the festival, is imposing austerity measures: "It will furlough 70 percent of its full-time, permanent staff — about 160 people — from May 4 to Aug. 31, the end of its fiscal year. Most of the remaining staff, everyone who makes over $60,000 per year, will take up to a 25 percent pay cut."
  • Do you think inviting a llama to your next Zoom meeting would cheer everyone up? There's a way to do it.
  • FiveThirtyEight makes the statistical argument why Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever.
  • Smugglers sawed into new sections of Trump’s border wall 18 times in the San Diego area during a single one-month span late last year.
  • Not to get too personal on here, but Pavement's Wowee Zowee is one of my ten favorites albums of all time, so of course I must recommend this great Ringer piece about its 25th anniversary.
  • When might Broadway reopen? "Now the best guesses are that unless there’s serious testing and information that we don’t currently have, we’re probably looking at September or later."
  • Pretty much everyone's having a miserable time right now, except maybe pollsters, who are "getting more responses to their calls and having longer conversations than they did before the coronavirus crisis."
  • Artists and graphic designers have teamed up to make messages of safety, solidarity, and gratitude for essential workers and put them up all over town.
  • Here's a nice piece on the 20th anniversary of Elliott Smith's underrated late-period album Figure 8.
  • And finally, I don't think this dog is actually being helpful: