NEW BEGINNINGS

IF YOU DON’T KNOW YET, YOU SHOULD
Why It’s Too Late to Let Spiderman into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the best article you’ll read about Homecoming
#NoConfederate
Jahsua Smith Deconstructs the 4th Wall
Princess Nokia and Smart Girl Club

MEDIA
Minneapolis College of Art and Design releases high-res scans of vintage posters
Hollywood is not okay with you watching movies at home

A soldier statue is slowly melting in London to commemorate 100 years since WWI’s Battle of Passchendaele
This review of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (now playing at Montgomery College in the D.C. area) is pure gold.

RANDOM
The once-common practice of communal sleeping
A math genius blooms late and conquers his field
All about Texas Rebel Radio

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ANOTHER HERE, PLEASE

GOOD MEDICINE
The most detailed map of the universe
James Earl Jones reads Walt Whitman
$213 train ride across America

PARENTING
X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out
Victorian-era daguerrotypes of women breastfeeding

THE FUCK?
World War 3 is coming
The coding of white trash in academia
Conscious consumerism is a lie

GNOTHI SEAUTON
The Klein sexual orientation grid
The great Eskimo vocabulary hoax
Mediocrity is a virus

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BRAIN FOOD

MUSIC
Beyoncé, Black Mamahood & Affirmation
Bette Midler live in Cleveland 1976
My Brightest Diamond | This is My Hand

WORDS
Rebecca Solnit on Virginia Woolf’s darkness
AWP: (might as well) give the books away
We know what works in teaching composition

WHAT DO WE KNOW
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse
The best kitchen gadget of the 1600s was a dog
How much diggity

ART | DESIGN
24 creative die cut business cards
Jade Beall photography (NSFW — beautiful naked mommas)
W.E.B. Du Bois hand-drawn infographics 

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Y’ALL, I’M A PIT BULL TRYING TO BE A CHIHUAHUA

And no, I don’t mean that great episode of Billy on the Street where Amy Poehler wears a Pitbull mask.

I mean, last night I dreamt I got two puppies and one grew into a beautiful brown pit bull and the other one grew into a blonde chihuahua and the pit bull thought he was the same size as the chihuahua and so of course hijinks ensued. The thing is, I AM the goddamn pit bull. I forget who I am all the time, and when I do, I try to make myself smaller, but I bump into things all the same. I don’t fit where chihuahuas fit for crying out loud! I’m bruising my own damn self and wondering why the world is so cruel.

Time to cut that shit OUT.

Also: it’s 2017. The inauguration of our hellspawn leader is around the corner. I’m putting the finishing touches on an essay about why we should save public education, and temperatures in Savannah were 10 degrees above average this week. But what does that have to do with the price of ice in Greenland?

I digress. Look, I know you subscribe to this thing for links, not my personal pep-talks / mental meanderings, but sometimes you get the content LJ has, not the content you might want or wish LJ had at a later time.

That said, here’s a little of your usual best of the web:

The linguistic overlap of color theory and racism
What Git Hub did to kill its trolls
One man’s quest to change the way we die
Type designer, William Addison Dwiggins
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), FULL MOVIE on youtube
Civil War photos
NASA’s interactive weather satellite viewer

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming in a jiffy. In the meantime, stay dry out there.

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SIGH AND BLUNDER

FILM
We Live in Public (full documentary): the early tech boom, hubris and art
Maggie Cheung retrospective
Despotism (1946)

READING & WRITING
Transit Books talks with Publisher’s Weekly
Hating the press is not American
Interview with James Ellroy in the Paris Review
Where are the female lit mag editors? Here.

HISTORY
About Belle Starr, American outlaw
President Martin Van Buren was born 12/5/1782
After his murder, the head of Metacomet, also called King Philip, was displayed on a pike at the early American colony of Fort Plymouth for 25 years

CURRENT DISASTERS
How technology killed manufacturing jobs in America
Incredible first person video, driving through fire in Gatlinburg, TN
On the Oakland warehouse fire
On the Cambridge fire
More about the Gunman at the DC pizzeria

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