After the Turkey

FLYING SUCKS
Study finds flying in America is worse than ever
Why does airline travel make people grumpy?
Why air travel sucks
How designers would fix air travel
How Obama is trying to make air travel better
(This is one thing that was better in the 1960s)

WOMEN OF GLORY
10 things you probably didn’t know about Willa Cather
Smart Girl Club
Street hijab fashion
The ultimate Maggie Nelson reading list
Pearl Hart

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
The latest Reparations podcast
Inside the murky world of DIY abortions
The NSA spy hub in Manhattan: hidden in plain sight

GRAB BAG
The Boston molasses disaster of 1919
A more accurate flat world map
Dial-up modem handshake sound
The epic uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES: SHAKESPEARE NOT SHAKESPEARE

At least not the Shakespeare we thought: 

“Oxford University Press has announced that its new edition of the complete works of William Shakespeare will credit Christopher Marlowe as a co-author on the three Henry VI plays.” Read more here and here

If you want to learn more about Shakespeare *cough* Christopher Marlowe *cough* (CAN YOU TELL I HAVE AN OPINION?), this documentary is an excellent introduction. Late edit: STREAMING HERE.

Carry on with your regularly scheduled programming. 

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FALL IN

Again, the season shifts, and like every year the change is expected and welcome. Today it is raining where I am, but I still wait for that first day when the temperature is cool enough for me to wear a hoodie, my puffy vest, and wool socks. Bundling brings comfort, perhaps a leftover joy of infancy. We like being wrapped up. It is a simulacrum of a hug. Read these with tea. Or quiet. Welcome to fall. —LJ

LITERATURE IS THE REASON I GET UP IN THE MORNING
Autumn by Grace Paley
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The American Bystander: new humor magazine
Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think
What are we allowed to say?

WOMEN ARE GIRLS / GIRLS ARE WOMEN?
Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s coming of age story
Good Girls Revolt, a new show from Netflix
Girl at War by Sara Novic
The girl in the title: more than a marketing trend
Girlhood gone: notes from the new Nashville

HOT TIPS
Penguin / Random House: what our editors look for on the opening page
NYTimes: how to submit modern love essays
Washington Post: can I submit freelance work to WaPo?

PSYCHOLOGY
Culture specific diseases and mental disorders
Exporting western mental disorders
Crazy Like Us: the globalization of the American psyche
The lethality of loneliness

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BE BOLD

According to Agnes de Mille:

“The greatest thing [Martha Graham] ever said to me was in 1943 after the opening of Oklahoma!, when I suddenly had unexpected, flamboyant success for a work I thought was only fairly good, after years of neglect for work I thought was fine. I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. I talked to Martha. I remember the conversation well. It was in a Schrafft’s restaurant over a soda. I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me, very quietly: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.””

INSPIRATION
How is literary success defined?
Moonshots: how to make them
16 uncomfortable feelings that actually indicate you’re on the right path
Ira Glass on taste and the creative process
How should one read a book? by Virginia Woolf
Why the pressure to be happy is driving people mad

SLACKS
First episode of TAKE MY WIFE, the new FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC show by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher
Vintage photos of lesbians
Baroness Von Sketch video of hilarity
More vintage photos of lesbians
FUCK YEAH androgynous girls

BE CONCERNED
The CIA is lying to the President and functioning as its own wing of government outside the purview of the Constitution

LA MUSICA
Soy yo
Luchin
Rhiannon Giddens wins the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

SCIENCE
Dolphins recorded having a conversation for the first time
Great diagrams in anthropology, linguistics, and social theory
NASA photos

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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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CHOOSE AWE

I spent the hurricane weekend without electricity and thinking hard about what it means to pursue art, to choose your own voice over the mean of one’s peers, to live outside the (once?) art hubs of New York and Los Angeles, and what might be possible if the goal is expression and not “success” (are these mutually opposed? complementary?). I came to no conclusions. I ate thai food. I scratched the heads of my cats. Tye and I drove into the countryside and walked by the crumbling brick edifices of old railroad towns. I continue to mull. —LJ

LITERARY EPHEMERA
Marilyn Monroe’s personal library
Truman Capote’s remains are being auctioned off in Los Angeles
The best facts Kathryn Schulz learned from books in 2015

ART BECAUSE LIFE
Top 10 words I’m sick of seeing on artist statements
May-Linn Aaslie
Mike Lacher

SCIENCE
Women Nerd Superheroes
Winter dreaming: snowflake gallery

DESIGN
Squid and Owl designs
An exceptional design website (from Korea)

FILM
Exceptional films: Westward the Women (1951)
Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour (NSFW early erotic queer film)

FREDDIE MERCURY
A Russian fan’s tribute to Freddie Mercury
Freddie was Bi
Munich interview

IT ME
A comic about Introversion

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