Am I Straight?

Am I? No. Are you? Maybe. 

A poem for your survival, regardless:

BARKING
by Jim Harrison
The moon comes up.
The moon goes down.
This is to inform you
that I didn’t die young.
Age swept past me
but I caught up.
Spring has begun here and each day
brings new birds up from Mexico.
Yesterday I got a call from the outside
world but I said no in thunder.
I was a dog on a short chain
and now there’s no chain.

 
And links:
 
TRUMP DUMP
These 80 programs would lose Federal funding under Trump’s proposed budget
Trump is officially under investigation by the FBI for his ties with Russia
Donald Trump is the symptom, not the problem

(UN)SEXY
Livin and Lovin in NYC’s election debrief
The invention of heterosexuality
Youtube is now restricting LGBTQ+ videos, WTF
Chuck Tingle is the greatest author of our generation

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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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HAVE YOUR BEST DAY

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Mike and Wancy review the world
I know I mentioned Chris Fleming before, but I am obsessed with his show GAYLE and you should be too
Livin’ and Lovin’ in NYC made FILTHY’s list of Entertaining Sex Podcasts!

BORN WITH IT
17 year old Bjork performs Matahari with her band, Tappi Tíkarrass
Prince, already a star in his garage, 1984
Young David Bowie being interviewed on BBC tonight

CAT SPECTACULAR
Cats in Space
Space cats
Galaxy cat pizza DJ
Disembodied space cat pizza party
Original nyan cat

PHOTOGRAPHY
Eastern bloc architecture
Forgotten Iowa
Real life is elsewhere (NSFW)
Sight Seer Series, by Roger Minick
Aint-Bad

RAILWAYS
A vision of American high-speed rail
The Weed Route
Train apparel
Trains for POTUS

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Furtive Friday

POLITIK
Since when do rednecks like cops?
In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself: Kurt Vonnegut on the 1972 Republican Convention in Harper’s Magazine,* November 1972.
Rihanna WORK parody, re: Donald Trump JERK

*It’s behind a paywall—I know—but I swear, it’s the best $6.99 you’ll spend this year. 

ZANIES AND SLACKS
Livin and Lovin in NYC* discusses CRUISING
Cameron Esposito promises no lesbians die in Take My Wife
A map of the lands of human sexuality

*Those in the know are quite aware of this badass podcast started in 2015 by yours truly and the one and only Victator, aka Victoria Davis. We’ve even been featured in the Village VoiceSavage Love, WNYC, and Thrillist. Gale Mayness is ably holding forth as the new cohost, and if you’ve never listened, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. 

ART BECAUSE LIFE
On Diane Arbus and her life as an artist
Natural history illustrations from the 1500s
Beer can artwork

BARDS AND TROUBADORS
The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt full album
Quantic y Anita Tijoux

PURE FUN
Shaquille O’Neal in drag lip-syncing to Beyoncé
James Corden and Michelle Obama in carpool karaoke with Missy Elliott

THE CUTE SET
An owl rides a toy horse
Kitten emerges from pillows

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