While the new album is good, this one is FANTASTIC. I am amazed that, prior to last week, I had heard of neither the band nor the album.
It starts off really strong, meanders a bit in the middle, and finishes pretty well, albeit in a somewhat inconclusive manner. That summary sounds bad, but Lin’s writing is really good. Given that this is (I am pretty sure) her first novel, it is quite well done, and I am really looking forward to whatever she writes next.
My take on all this is to repeat something I’ve said before: Never believe corporations. Period.¹ Don’t believe them when they say the “jury is still out” about the danger of the chemicals they produce. Don’t believe them when they say environmental regulations will put them out of business. Don’t believe them when they claim that they’ll hire more people and boost their fixed investment if Congress will pass tax cuts. And don’t believe them when they say they just can’t find people to take their jobs. Most of them just need to stop goosing their hiring requirements and increase their pay rate a bit. Problem solved.