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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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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CHOOSE AWE

I spent the hurricane weekend without electricity and thinking hard about what it means to pursue art, to choose your own voice over the mean of one’s peers, to live outside the (once?) art hubs of New York and Los Angeles, and what might be possible if the goal is expression and not “success” (are these mutually opposed? complementary?). I came to no conclusions. I ate thai food. I scratched the heads of my cats. Tye and I drove into the countryside and walked by the crumbling brick edifices of old railroad towns. I continue to mull. —LJ

LITERARY EPHEMERA
Marilyn Monroe’s personal library
Truman Capote’s remains are being auctioned off in Los Angeles
The best facts Kathryn Schulz learned from books in 2015

ART BECAUSE LIFE
Top 10 words I’m sick of seeing on artist statements
May-Linn Aaslie
Mike Lacher

SCIENCE
Women Nerd Superheroes
Winter dreaming: snowflake gallery

DESIGN
Squid and Owl designs
An exceptional design website (from Korea)

FILM
Exceptional films: Westward the Women (1951)
Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour (NSFW early erotic queer film)

FREDDIE MERCURY
A Russian fan’s tribute to Freddie Mercury
Freddie was Bi
Munich interview

IT ME
A comic about Introversion

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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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Monday Whoa

Short mailing today. Some Mondays are like holding your breath and diving into the chaos. Today is such a day.  —LJ

UNIQUE NEW YORK
The hidden entrance in the Astor Place subway station and the New York City Shakespeare riots of 1849
Peg Leg Pete and the Haunting of St. Mark’s Cathedral
The New York City Transit Authority Graphical Standards Manual, 1970

DESIGN
Library of Vintage Fruit Crate Labels
Graphic designer dad illustrates offspring’s daily sandwiches
BLANKA Posters

LITERATURE HELPS ME BREATHE
The United States of Literature
Kids who die, by Langston Hughes

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