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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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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After the Turkey

FLYING SUCKS
Study finds flying in America is worse than ever
Why does airline travel make people grumpy?
Why air travel sucks
How designers would fix air travel
How Obama is trying to make air travel better
(This is one thing that was better in the 1960s)

WOMEN OF GLORY
10 things you probably didn’t know about Willa Cather
Smart Girl Club
Street hijab fashion
The ultimate Maggie Nelson reading list
Pearl Hart

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
The latest Reparations podcast
Inside the murky world of DIY abortions
The NSA spy hub in Manhattan: hidden in plain sight

GRAB BAG
The Boston molasses disaster of 1919
A more accurate flat world map
Dial-up modem handshake sound
The epic uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES: SHAKESPEARE NOT SHAKESPEARE

At least not the Shakespeare we thought: 

“Oxford University Press has announced that its new edition of the complete works of William Shakespeare will credit Christopher Marlowe as a co-author on the three Henry VI plays.” Read more here and here

If you want to learn more about Shakespeare *cough* Christopher Marlowe *cough* (CAN YOU TELL I HAVE AN OPINION?), this documentary is an excellent introduction. Late edit: STREAMING HERE.

Carry on with your regularly scheduled programming. 

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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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