The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Hello friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you relax, look no further, I got you covered. Here’s what’s been going on in the world, and on the internet, this week.

Trump Syllabus 2.0

Our President-elect and his white nationalists, neo-Nazi supporters.

The fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over.

A constitutional right to literacy.

Standing Rock is not just about land, or water, or the right to protest. It’s about people.

Find news you can trust and consume it greedily.

No one really wants to be nice.

“Somebody shoulda told me it would be like this, be like this, be like this.”

A bit of surprising flash fiction.

Nudes

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tenderqueerthings #52, Mar Pascual. 2016

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, 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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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I got you covered. This week’s selections are all about the election reactions and a few on tough human connections. Oh, and I added a pretty awesome playlist there at the end.

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Here’s to Obama. Thank you for your time and your service. You will be missed.

Remember: It’s not okay to struggle alone.

“From this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

White women, WYD?

Condemn ignorance, racism, and hate, where you see it.

An exploration of abuse, war, and love.

Do not let this loss have been in vain. Come together.

We could all use a little encouragement.

Everything is temporary. Everything is permanent.

My new favorite “Get Shit Done” playlist.

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Mandatory De-education Classes

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, 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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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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Trump supports are hilarious….and terrifying. Bonus: The GOP is scrambling right now.

He was describing sexual assault.

“It made no sense. Of course, nothing was making sense the longer he was dead.”

Nicotine is a helluva drug.

Solange’s new album is everything. Bonus: Now playing, on repeat.

“You need to be affected by these deaths.”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Horror movies for anxiety?

It’s never too late to get back to basics.

Maybe the humans win, but perhaps they lose something of greater importance.”

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*I make my own! // Mandy Steward

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, 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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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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Both candidates have had scandals, but one is definitely worse than any other candidate, ever.

A hundredth of a day, it’s all you need.

Check out the origins of some of the best hip-hop music ever made.

You, your girlfriend, both your parents, and a whale. You are the whale.

Why aren’t we doing this!

On the path to normalizing queer black men, this powerful and beautiful movie was made. Bonus: This might be the most intriguing movie trailers I have ever seen.

Wind and leaves and love.

For the ones who are sensitive and feel too much.

While America sleeps, Trump slut-shames and loses his shit.

I’m not sure what it means, but it sounds really good.

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Not in Service

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, 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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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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I hope all the bad things in life happen to Brock Turner and only Brock Turner.

Black features are beautiful features!

Thank you, Gene Wilder. Bonus: His thoughts on truth.

Deconstruction, aporia, and logocentrism.

It’s so hard to let go of the past when the future gets smaller and bleaker all the time.

Are you sure?

YASSSSSS!

Did you catch Trump’s immigration speech? It was awful, and I suspect he’s lost the Hispanic vote completely.

Forgive your body and begin to treat it with compassion.

Embrace weakness.

 

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Uncanny Photographs of Iridescent Oil Spills

 

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, 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 :)

P.S. I apologize for my lateness, but it’s my lovely lady’s 30th birthday. I hope you can understand :)

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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Very Important Reads

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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Korryn Gaines reacted the way any person, fearing that any interaction will the police might end in death, would react. She dared to be defiantBonus: Maybe the police could have helped ease her fear, rather than shooting her?

To be a woman and to wish to be thin, and beautiful, and perfect goes hand in hand and can manifest in unpredictable and painful ways.

Introvert shame.

Teach your kids that their privates are private, and they have a right to say no to anyone who tries to touch them.

Alone in the tent of a fierce warrior princess.

A story about death, and men, and meat.

Fall in love with a stranger and live infinite lives in infinite universes.

How could anyone think that solitary confinement—particularly for long periods of time—is anything less than torture?

Unregulated, creative, and often violent, communities of Rio de Janeiro.

Addiction and religion can lead difficulties with sobriety and shame. Be proud of every day you survive it, and never give up hope.

The Mysterious, Innocent Complexity of the Playground

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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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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I love all things Vice and after this interview with their magazine’s editor-in-chief I’m totally signing up for a subscription.

I have a hard time letting go when someone behaves in a way I find to be “rude.” Maybe I am expecting too much?

If you haven’t binge watched Netflix’s amazing new series Stranger Things, stop reading and go now. Trust me!

Odds and ends of writing combined to form a beautiful and uniquely written story.

Loving someone with depression and anxiety can be hard. I am grateful I have found that love.

Words can hurt so, so much. Please be careful how you wield them.

Death is not something that I have felt close to me. I fear death. Those two things might be related.

There are some kinds of pain I cannot even fathom.

There are some kinds of pain white people cannot fathomBonus: So I guess no one killed Freddie Gray.

I am a tortoise.

 

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“Drawing from popular movies like ‘inception’ and ‘interstellar’ — surreal films where the laws of physics are turned on their head — ulatan creates cubic landscapes that ‘flatten’ views of natural and urban panoramas.”

 

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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The Zen and Pi Weekly Reading Round-up

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

This week’s list is in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille at the hands of police officers and the police officers who were killed in the line of duty this week in Dallas.

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What happened in Dallas this week had nothing to do with protesting and Black Lives Matter.

For Alton. For Philando. For All.

Does the NRA think guns are only for White people?

We know what the problem is, but what can we do to help?

When something has never been a problem for you, it can be hard to believe other narratives. Try harder.

Recognize what your privilege is, and learn to become a real person.

This applies to light-skinned people of color as well. Recognize your privilege, and use it to help the cause.

Get out there and protest, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

A black man moves to America and finds himself unprepared for dealing with day-to-day racism.

Ambiguous grammar in times of violence and racism.

As for me:

I celebrated the birthday of Frida Kahlo, an amazing artist and one of my heroes.

I wrote a poem about when I was dead.

And here’s what I think of the 4th of July holiday.

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Matt Blease via This Isn’t Happiness

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The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further. Every Saturday I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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The God awful HB 2 law in Texas, The law, was said to be for the benefit of women’s health but we all know, and the court recognized, that this was only ever about getting around Roe v. Wade and restricting access to abortions, has been struck down! That’s one state down, but don’t forget, we have many more to go.

When will people understand that abortion isn’t a procedure anyone takes joy in, but one that is still necessary nonetheless, and that restricting it doesn’t make it go away, it just makes it unsafe?

“So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights, and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.” — Jesse Wiliams

I have acne, I am short, and I am neither bad looking nor good looking. I care about my appearance, but I do very little to make it any better. I don’t pluck my eyebrows, I barely shave, and I wear no make-up. Mostly I am just lazy, but also, I kind of like just being natural and average, for good or bad.

I see so much for the hatred and racism that lead to the Brexit mirrored here in the US. I fear that if our election goes the way of the right we may see an increase in hate crimes just as they are in Britain.

A beautiful, beautiful project by Emily Robinson for her mother, Cindy, who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The video brought me to tears.

A nice long road trip sounds like exactly what I need right about now.

When you love someone, and they love you too, you are supposed to drive each other crazy. It’s part of the fun :)

One of the greatest pessimists of all time,” a man after my own heart.

For all the white, rich, and privileged students who think they are the ones at a disadvantage, you are not. You are only getting a taste of what it is like to have to work a little harder for what you want. Same as everyone else.

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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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The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further. Every Saturday I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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This week voters in the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, which lead to unforeseen consequences and a whole lot of regret. Trump supports the move which should have been a major red flag for everyone.

Bonus: A must-read opinion piece from Tony Blair on the future of the extreme left and right in Britain and the US.

Speaking of Trump, when in the history of ever has profiling been a good idea? Hint: never! Also, Trump is going broke, has about 30 paid staffers on the ground, and has let go of his controversial campaign manager. Are we seeing the beginning of the end? I hope so!

I am always saying sorry for the way Ii feel and the way I am, is too late now to say I’m not sorry? Remember those dreams you had when you were younger? The ones you had before things like careers, bills, stress, and fatigue made you think you couldn’t do amazing things? You can still do those things.

Bonus: I’m considering buying this poster for my “Creativity Room.”

A great bit of writing advice for those of us who don’t have the privilege of being able to write everyday—due to illness or financial statue—but have just as much right to call ourselves writers as anyone else.

Calling it a marathon sounds so much better—so much more athletic and purposeful—than what I am actually doing, binge watching in my pajamas while consuming copious amounts of snacks and liquor for hours on end.

I’m sure we all have a friend or two we’d like to forward this to.

Comedy can help those in mourning and shed light on issues that conventional reporting can’t. Watch this speech from Hasan Minhaj for a perfect example of what I’m talking about. It’s a beautiful thing.

The world is a harsh place and many—think Baby Boomers—think we’ve gone soft. The world is harsh because we have become too tough. Let yourself be soft, let your children be soft too.

Many people refuse to say his name, to give him any publicity, but there may be some wisdom, and closure, that we can find in learning who he was and how he came to do what he did.

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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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