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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BREAKING FREE

LA MUSICA
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, the greatest living blues guitarist you’ve never heard of

PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The four traits that put kids at risk for addiction
Rethinking capitalism
On carefree black boys: understanding the appeal of the ‘carefree’ aesthetic to black male musicians from Young Thug to Chance the Rapper
The washing machine club

DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
Emotional Labor: what it is and how it’s unfairly distributed, with copious examples
Building a national memorial to remember the victims of lynching

TECH
Someone is learning how to take down the internet
1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years

ABSURDUM
Smartphones replaced with butter
Tiny hand interviews Terry Crews

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