CULTURAL LITERACY

RACE SALIENCE
How to choose a non-racist Halloween costume
The racist and sexist history of keeping birth control side effects a secret
AFROPUNK’s White person’s guide to Black neighborhoods

AMERICA
Cahokia: the enormous, pre-Columbian city you’ve never heard of
This lake in Montana is full of colored pebbles
Ansel Adams’ photos of life in American internment camps for Japanese-American citizens and immigrants
Body ritual among the Nacirema

CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS
Artemisia Gentileschi: more savage than Caravaggio
How to suppress women’s criticism
What Rich Cohen learned from his 3 a.m. calls with Marlon Brando
“Jesus Hasn’t Saved Us:” young black women returning to ancestral religions
When the art department takes over your Citgo commercial

HAPPY PLACE
KATE MCKINNON GHOSTBUSTERS OUTTAKES
An elephant comes to the rescue
Lin-Manuel Miranda sings Hedwig to his dog

PARENTING WINS
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Feminist Manifesto’ on how to raise a child
A mom sticks up for her daughter at school

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FALL IN

Again, the season shifts, and like every year the change is expected and welcome. Today it is raining where I am, but I still wait for that first day when the temperature is cool enough for me to wear a hoodie, my puffy vest, and wool socks. Bundling brings comfort, perhaps a leftover joy of infancy. We like being wrapped up. It is a simulacrum of a hug. Read these with tea. Or quiet. Welcome to fall. —LJ

LITERATURE IS THE REASON I GET UP IN THE MORNING
Autumn by Grace Paley
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The American Bystander: new humor magazine
Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think
What are we allowed to say?

WOMEN ARE GIRLS / GIRLS ARE WOMEN?
Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s coming of age story
Good Girls Revolt, a new show from Netflix
Girl at War by Sara Novic
The girl in the title: more than a marketing trend
Girlhood gone: notes from the new Nashville

HOT TIPS
Penguin / Random House: what our editors look for on the opening page
NYTimes: how to submit modern love essays
Washington Post: can I submit freelance work to WaPo?

PSYCHOLOGY
Culture specific diseases and mental disorders
Exporting western mental disorders
Crazy Like Us: the globalization of the American psyche
The lethality of loneliness

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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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The Truth is Out There

Monday mornings are like the moment the hot water runs out in a long shower: real, expected, and nonetheless unwelcome. Because it takes a monumental effort for me to enter the week dressed in a simulacrum of normal personhood, I like to spend the first part of the day distracting myself with ideas that make me feel new and engaged and alive. Now that I am doing these posts / emails, it is my pleasure to share some of today’s with you.  —LJ

ASS OUT OF ME AND U
The class politics of decluttering
Problems we don’t really want to solve

PLACES
North Korea looks like a Wes Anderson movie, or Wes Anderson movies look like North Korea
A curated journey through Atlanta’s history
Explore the Cincinnati panorama of 1848
Turkmenistan: where the cities are beautiful and empty and the neighborhoods are crowded and cluttered

LITERATURE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
Essays by poet Kenneth Rexroth
The teeny-tiny writing of Charlotte Brontë

HI-LOW
Make fancy cocktails using Hi-C EctoCooler
When Henry Cotton of Moze (in Essex) was reported in 1592 for not attending church, he came before the local churchwardens, and ‘very unreverently and contemptuously farted unto them and said, “Present that to the court”’.
Taylor Swift swallows the world (and it ain’t a good thing)

GNOTHI SEAUTON
Grief Magic
Hallucinatory voices shaped by local culture
Paris Review interview with Adam Phillips:

“There are a number of people whom you might think of as casualties of the myth of the artist. They really should have done something else. Of course some people get lucky and find that art works for them, but for so many people it doesn’t. I think that needs to be included in the picture. Often one hears or reads accounts in which people will say, Well, he may have treated his children, wives, friends terribly, but look at the novels, the poems, the paintings. I think it’s a terrible equation. Obviously one can’t choose to be, as it were, a good parent or a good artist, but if the art legitimates cruelty, I think the art is not worth having. People should be doing everything they can to be as kind as possible and to enjoy each other’s company. Any art, any anything, that helps us do that is worth having. But if it doesn’t, it isn’t.” 

Image credit: Mark Rothko, Four Darks in Red, 1958.