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FRIENDS
Yvonne Woon, Atlanta-based author of Dead Beautiful and other killer fictions
Blackmarket Boo, Sydney-based photographer and queen of my heart
Joshua Liebowitz, New York-based sound artist and favorite enigma

LA MUSICA
Current obsession: Princess Nokia, Brujas
Androgyne Eliot Sumner, Dead Arms & Dead Legs
Out of Line interactive music video

ART
WASTED RITA: God’s Only Mistake
BEHIND YOU: A series of nightmare children’s illustrations
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FALLOUT
17 essays and stories about how we ended up in Trump’s America
A map of two Americas
Women take up encryption post-election
How to call your Congressional Representatives when you have social anxiety
via Mary South: George Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism

GRAB BAG
Shit Sindhi parents say
One of the worst jobs in 19th century New York City
The Rock as Flex Kavana in the USWA Memphis wrestling scene, 1996
Pet bobcat really loves to snuggle

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From Sea to Shining Sea

VOTE TOMORROW.

America The Beautiful
The trial of Susan B. Anthony and the ratification of the 19th Amendment
A stunning map of America’s rivers
1600s American Colonial song of complaints about New England
The Georgia food truck that serves up gourmet coffee and jobs for refugees
To be both Midwestern and Hmong
Gay rights in the U.S., state by state
Daughters of the American Revolution manual for citizenship
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Eyes on the Prize, a 14-part history of the Civil Rights Movement
The Federalist Papers
Portraits of 70s and 80s Chola culture in Southern Californi

MAN CANDY
Shirtless male models with cats
Portraits by Stephen O’Donnell

ART
Famous artworks ruined with design by committee
The original emoji set has been acquired by MOMA
Marlow Moss, the female Constructivist artist you’ve never heard of
This year’s best art related Halloween costumes

HODGE-PODGE
The secret behind Italy’s rarest pasta
British Man adopts stray dog than ran beside him through Gobi Desert Marathon
Profile of Alexandra Ansanelli, the ballerina who gave it all up at 28

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Aesthetic Concerns

ART CRAFT
Kandinsky nails
Mondrian makeup
Ellsworth Kelly dress
Paul Klee baby blankets

TUMBLRS OF GLORY
Great art in ugly rooms
Rap paper scissors
Objects organized neatly

THINGS OF NOTE
Metamec and Smith clocks
Alan’s Brick Collection
Hi and low modern

Image credit: ©Damien Mohn
Pro-tip: email subscribers click title to see a pretty lady

FIT TO PRINT

SIX DEGREES 
Anna Nolan and The Syria Campaign’s White Helmets documentary will be out on Netflix Sept. 16
The Scofield (literary magazine) features an excerpt of D. Foy’s new book
Daniel Miller goes “Full Jew”
Livin’ and Lovin’ in NYC talks about “when we don’t wanna bang”
My latest column on the limits of self-love and how to cope with the on-and-on
Jessica Pishko profiles an autistic kid accused of terrorism by the FBI
Jonathan Russell Clark on why any story worth telling doesn’t need spoiler alerts

LITERATURE
Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale profiled on the Guardian
No, Alan Moore isn’t a recluse
The long, steady decline of literary reading (NOOOOOOOO!!!)

ENGLISH
12 writers reflect on the high school English teacher that changed their lives
Things native English speakers know and don’t know they know
Why grammar snobbery has no place in social justice movements
Inescapably, you’re judged by your language
On literacy privilege

ART BECAUSE LIFE
8 lady surrealists who are not Frida Kahlo
Artist in Residence stranded at sea

RANDOM
Test your knowledge of city populations in the U.S. (interactive bracket game by census.gov)
Dancing pig

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Staying Alive

The only reason I live and breathe is learn to new things. Sometimes that leads me (to attempt) to create new things in response. It is an ongoing tug of war. Everything in between is just a checklist of responsibilities that need to be completed to keep a roof over my head, food on my table, and my health in good standing. My delight, my ever-delight, is in the learning. —LJ

ART BECAUSE LIFE
An entire museum full of cat art
The Bauhaus Collection at Harvard has been digitized
Robert Riggs’ drawings and prints

BETTER DESIGN
The UK’s most recognizable and trusted typefaces
A historical look at design and branding trends for the Olympic Games
Edward Tufte on Chartjunk: Vibrations, Grids, and Ducks

CULTURE & PHILOSOPHY
Women in Philosophy: Project Vox
American Roots: Hairdressers and Beauty Shop Culture in America
Harvard’s free & paid online learning courses

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No Way Out But Through

Bless you, of course, you’re keeping me from work,
But the thing of it is, I need to be kept.
There’s work enough to do—there’s always that;
But behind’s behind. The worst that you can do
Is set me back a little more behind.
I sha’n’t catch up in this world, anyway.
I’d rather you’d not go unless you must.

—from A Servant to Servants, by Robert Frost

DISASTERS THAT NEED YOUR ATTENTION
Worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy: Louisiana is suffering (what you can do: pick one)
Syria is still burning (what you can do: pick one)

LITERARY THINKING
The Road Not Taken is nearly always misquoted; maybe this illustration will help you or someone you love not do that
Wonder Bread: come with us to a place called Brooklyn, where the stories are half-baked and their endings bland and soft
Eileen Myles on the excruciating pain of waiting for love

ARTISTS TO KNOW ABOUT
Masud Olufani
Ellsworth Kelly
Sarah Hobbs
Maurizio Cattelan
Jeffrey Gibson
Kehinde Wiley

ESOTERICA
The Voynich Manuscript
Le Grand Grimoire
The Magus
The Goddess Isis and her various other names and symbols

DANCE DANCE
INSANE freestyle
Killer b-boy dance battle

BLOW YOUR MIND
How many giant squids are being eaten by sperm whales RIGHT NOW?
The best of cardistry (card tricks, yo)

Image credit: Sarah Hobbs, Untitled (perfectionist), chromogenic print, 48″ x 60″, 2002.
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