“A sense of timing is the mark of a genius.”

— Jenny Holzer, Truisms

“Hamlet himself is a nonstop joker.”

— Harold Bloom, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

“I’d like to have a pop at Hamlet,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge told reporters at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She wore a white strapless dress; cameras flashed. TV had exhausted her, she said. No more Fleabag — look for her instead as Elsinore’s tortured prince. But it never came to pass: with Hamlet perhaps on the mind, Waller-Bridge wrote Fleabag’s second season instead.

Fleabag and Hamlet have a lot in common…


Elections

While her opponent sends corporate-funded mailers, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair delivers emergency supplies to neighbors.

Fatima Iqbal-Zubair and campaign manager Tracey Beltran prepare groceries for mutual aid drop-offs.

On a shiny May afternoon, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is gazing longingly over bags of groceries in her driveway. “Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m fasting,” she says. “Cream of wheat? This looks sooo good.”

Until last August, Fatima taught chemistry and lead a successful robotics team at the Jordan High School Complex in Watts — now she’s running for State Assembly against Mike Gipson in District 64, one of the most polluted districts in Los Angeles and one of the most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, which disproportionately targets communities with poor air quality.

When quarantine began, Fatima transformed…

Jack Ross

Journalist in California

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