The Week’s End // 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, 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!

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Trump Supporters Aren’t Stupid // Emma Lindsay

America incentivizes racism in working class white people, and if we fail to understand this, we will fail to fix it.

I think we can all agree this election has become quite the circus. Anger is being felt on all sides and if you have seen any of the last few Republican debates you have seen the mud slinging getting out of hand. While I may not agree with the people who are voting differently from us, and while we may find their words and their actions deplorable at times, if we wish to be our opponents, and maybe even bring them over to our side, we have to start really trying to understand them.

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Presidential Penis Politics: A Micro-History // Notches

Donald J. Trump’s penis, size unknown, has reared its head as a political issue.

Speaking of the mud-slinging, if you saw the last Republican debate you might have caught the moment when penis size entered the conversation. The secondhand embarrassment and humiliation was almost unbearable.

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How to Read More // Austin Kleon

Yesterday everybody was tweeting about #WorldBookDay, so I updated my list of tips for how to read more. Here’s a printer-friendly PDF file for your office, classroom, etc. Send me a picture if you decide to hang it!

Sometimes we need a little motivation and encouragement to read books the way we should. Austin Kleon, when not motivating people to become the best creatives they can be, is teaching people to become great readers too. Check out the poster he made and hang it up wherever you feel most comfortable doing your reading.

Bonus: Check out his list of 33 Thoughts on Reading and if you have trouble putting down your phone to make time for books I recommend his lock screen wallpaper Read a Book Instead to remind you.

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Pride, Prejudice & Zombies and The Benefits of FanFiction // Growing Up Millennial

Whilst these stories borrow characters and story lines many have original story lines, explore the characters in new ways and are well written and entertaining.

Speaking of reading I admit I have been quietly intrigued by the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I saw the book on a Barnes & Noble shelf maybe a year or two ago and I laughed it off, but I also wondered if it was a book that I might find interesting. I feel the same about the movie.

Maybe this will be another one of the books I tackle this year too.

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Trans Kids Not Necessarily Crazy // Gendermom

And as grateful as I am for this amazing study, I’m also kind of pissed off that it has to exist at all.

Trans kids aren’t crazy and it shouldn’t have taken a study for us to find that out. I’m glad times are a’changing and that people are recognizing trans and queer kids without hate and pity but God do we still have a long way to go.

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House of Cards // Netflix

There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.

// Frank Underwood

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are amazing together. They play the perfect Machiavellian duo, Frank and Claire Underwood, a political power couple. The lengths these two will go to get what they want will keep you glued to your seat. Season 4 was just released so if you haven’t watched before now would be a good time to start binging.

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Why you’re not quitting Twitter // Idiot Joy Showland

You can’t quit Twitter: you, writer; you, comedian; you, journalist; you, early adopter; you, self-confessed nerd and unapologetic brunch snob.

I love Twitter but I do not know how to use it right. I tweet, I retweet, and I lurk, but I am not good at engaging. Twitter moves too fast for me I think but that does not stop me from loving it anyway.

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A new normal that isn’t normal yet. // Another Chapter in the Book

“What the f*ck is wrong with me?” I cried as I laid in bed in excruciating pain at 4 in the morning. I wanted to call someone, anyone. The tears rolled down my face as my legs stiffened.

This was night number five.

When I was young my little sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We all got tested and my first test indicated high blood sugar levels and the doctors took more blood and did another test that would take a little longer. Turns out I was fine but in those moments between those two tests were some of the scariest in my life.

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On the Day I Die // John Pavlolvitz

On the die I day a lot will happen.

A lot will change.

The world will be busy.

I think about my own death every single day. I fret over it and I let it get to me until I feel nauseous with anxiety over all the things I have left to do, all the people I’ll be leaving behind, and how they will grieve over me. I am trying to remember that when I do die none of this will actually matter at all.

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How E.E. Cummings Writes A Poem // Nerdwriter

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)

I had never heard this poem all at once like that and I don’t know what it is but i was almost brought to tears by it. I think I will add a collection of his poems to my list of books to read this year.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)

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3 thoughts on “The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff”

  1. Interesting. A couple of these I’ve seen myself but not actually read. Though they sound interesting enough to check out.

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      1. The ones I checked out were How to Read More, Trans Kids Not Necessarily Crazy and A new normal that isn’t normal yet. Want to check out Why you’re not quitting Twitter and On the Day I Die because they both sound intriguing. And I didn’t have a favorite out of the ones I have checked out because I thought they were all good in their unique way and just enjoyed them immensely.

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