The Week’s End // A Round-up of All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, or maybe before you go do something fun and exciting, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

Valeria Luiselli: the Novelist All Your Smart Friends Are Talking About // Broadly

We got coffee with the up-and-coming Mexican writer to discuss grad school (bad), personal essays (usually bad), and her new novel (critically acclaimed and very difficult).

I had never heard of the novelist Valeria Luiselli but after reading this post I am very interested. She has plenty to say that is both inspiring and thought provoking. I’m adding her books to my “to-read” list.

Why Donald Trump Is A Gift To Democracy // NerdWriter

I despise Trump. The fact that he is running, and the way he is running, and the fact that he even has a chance at the presidency is proof that the whole thing is becoming a joke. I really hope that my fellow Americans will not let this go any farther.

Unnerving photographs of a youth military camp from Ukrainian Maxim Dondyuk // It’s Nice That

An uncomfortable blend of childhood innocence and savage training, the photographs concentrate on the bond between the boys.

 An interesting peek into a world so different from my own. Boys growing up together and learning to be professional killers.

On Loving Someone With Depression; // Eleven Letters to Juliet

It will not be easy.

They say one in ten Americans will be affected by depression in their lives. There are a lot of us out there loving one of those one in ten. It’s important we know how to love them right.

Tuesday // The Truth Podcast

In Louris van de Geer’s Tuesday, adapted here from a stage production, the lives of four shoppers get tangled up as they float from aisle to aisle, battling suburban drudgery while they wait for something to happen.

I found a new podcast to listen too! The Truth Podcast is “movies for your ears”. This was the first one I heard from them and really enjoyed it.

SKIP: What reminds you? // Rarasaur

What reminds me of who I truly am? Well, let’s see…

A list of things that remind you of who you truly are? Sounds useful for the times when we might forget. I think I’ll start one of my own.

Could Grassroots ‘Cactivism’ be the Cure for California’s Drought? // GOOD

By harnessing the power of our prickly friends, Chen hopes to create new ways of both filtering water and creating a more sustainable source of food.

California’s drought has reached epic proportions and I imagine things will continue to get worse in other states too, but maybe the cactus can save us all?

Extreme altruism // The Guardian

Julia believed that because each person was equally valuable, she was not entitled to care more for herself than for anyone else; she believed that she was therefore obliged to spend much of her life working for the benefit of others.

I have started to feel quite guilty about the privileged I have in life. I’m not rich, but I have trouble shutting my eyes to those who are worse off than me and I know I have to do more. I have the heart of a “do-gooder”.

Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals 2015 – J. Johnson “1998” // Poetry Slam Inc.

J.’s work is primarily centered on her love, her sexuality and her blackness.

I admire those who can do slam poetry. To be able to speak so well and express so much emotion, I’m always jealous. Johnson’s poem is powerful, heartbreaking, and well worth listening to.

Now Accepting Submissions for issue #2 – Fear // fēlan

You might remember me mentioning that a couple of my poems got accepted for inclusion into the first issue of fēlan.. Well, they are accepting submissions again. This time the theme is fear.

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)

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7 thoughts on “The Week’s End // A Round-up of All Sorts of Interesting Stuff”

  1. I don’t often watch embedded videos in blogs but I watched all of the Donald Trump one because of the intriguing title. It’s a very interesting take and the Nerdwriter is obviously a very intelligent guy. I’m not sure I’m ultimately convinced by his analysis, though. I can’t help thinking that Donald Trump is a disaster for democracy and a disgrace as a human being. Just my two cents, though.

    You have an interesting blog here, by the way. I nearly forgot to mention that very important fact. Even in my comments, Donald Trump seems to hog all the coverage.

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    1. I love Nerdwriter! I agree with your views on Trump. I liked the video because it puts some of the blame of Trump on the media, and all of us. His campaign should be nothing more than a joke but instead the evening news treats him like a serious candidate and we treat him like a reality TV sensation. The consequences might just be the wake up call we need. I don’t agree with everything in this video but it is thought provoking.

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      1. Well, they do say that in democracies electorates get the governments they deserve. All the same, I’m not sure any country deserves Donald Trump.

        As far as I can make out through the Internet, the media in all the major English-speaking nations does a pretty appalling job of keeping people informed — in part because gossip sells better and in part because they tend to be owned by massive corporations with agendas of their own. I suspect it’s the same in other countries too, but my language skills are not up to the job of finding out.

        It really is pretty appalling that among the groups most upset when Jon Stewart announced his retirement were those looking for a reliable news source! What on earth does that say about the state of the media?

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        1. I think the US may just deserve him, only because we are so arrogant and willfully ignorant. We have no one to blame but ourselves for this joke of an election. I hope we learn our lesson before it comes to that though.

          P.S. I am among those who will miss Jon Stewart :(

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