Y’ALL, I’M A PIT BULL TRYING TO BE A CHIHUAHUA

And no, I don’t mean that great episode of Billy on the Street where Amy Poehler wears a Pitbull mask.

I mean, last night I dreamt I got two puppies and one grew into a beautiful brown pit bull and the other one grew into a blonde chihuahua and the pit bull thought he was the same size as the chihuahua and so of course hijinks ensued. The thing is, I AM the goddamn pit bull. I forget who I am all the time, and when I do, I try to make myself smaller, but I bump into things all the same. I don’t fit where chihuahuas fit for crying out loud! I’m bruising my own damn self and wondering why the world is so cruel.

Time to cut that shit OUT.

Also: it’s 2017. The inauguration of our hellspawn leader is around the corner. I’m putting the finishing touches on an essay about why we should save public education, and temperatures in Savannah were 10 degrees above average this week. But what does that have to do with the price of ice in Greenland?

I digress. Look, I know you subscribe to this thing for links, not my personal pep-talks / mental meanderings, but sometimes you get the content LJ has, not the content you might want or wish LJ had at a later time.

That said, here’s a little of your usual best of the web:

The linguistic overlap of color theory and racism
What Git Hub did to kill its trolls
One man’s quest to change the way we die
Type designer, William Addison Dwiggins
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), FULL MOVIE on youtube
Civil War photos
NASA’s interactive weather satellite viewer

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming in a jiffy. In the meantime, stay dry out there.

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HAVE YOUR BEST DAY

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Mike and Wancy review the world
I know I mentioned Chris Fleming before, but I am obsessed with his show GAYLE and you should be too
Livin’ and Lovin’ in NYC made FILTHY’s list of Entertaining Sex Podcasts!

BORN WITH IT
17 year old Bjork performs Matahari with her band, Tappi Tíkarrass
Prince, already a star in his garage, 1984
Young David Bowie being interviewed on BBC tonight

CAT SPECTACULAR
Cats in Space
Space cats
Galaxy cat pizza DJ
Disembodied space cat pizza party
Original nyan cat

PHOTOGRAPHY
Eastern bloc architecture
Forgotten Iowa
Real life is elsewhere (NSFW)
Sight Seer Series, by Roger Minick
Aint-Bad

RAILWAYS
A vision of American high-speed rail
The Weed Route
Train apparel
Trains for POTUS

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Furtive Friday

POLITIK
Since when do rednecks like cops?
In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself: Kurt Vonnegut on the 1972 Republican Convention in Harper’s Magazine,* November 1972.
Rihanna WORK parody, re: Donald Trump JERK

*It’s behind a paywall—I know—but I swear, it’s the best $6.99 you’ll spend this year. 

ZANIES AND SLACKS
Livin and Lovin in NYC* discusses CRUISING
Cameron Esposito promises no lesbians die in Take My Wife
A map of the lands of human sexuality

*Those in the know are quite aware of this badass podcast started in 2015 by yours truly and the one and only Victator, aka Victoria Davis. We’ve even been featured in the Village VoiceSavage Love, WNYC, and Thrillist. Gale Mayness is ably holding forth as the new cohost, and if you’ve never listened, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. 

ART BECAUSE LIFE
On Diane Arbus and her life as an artist
Natural history illustrations from the 1500s
Beer can artwork

BARDS AND TROUBADORS
The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wild Hunt full album
Quantic y Anita Tijoux

PURE FUN
Shaquille O’Neal in drag lip-syncing to Beyoncé
James Corden and Michelle Obama in carpool karaoke with Missy Elliott

THE CUTE SET
An owl rides a toy horse
Kitten emerges from pillows

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LJ Algorithm

What is the LJ Algorithm? 
Hard to define, more difficult to hold onto, the LJ Algorithm is the engine behind this newsletter / blogroll / whatever of links and anecdotes from around the web.

ART BECAUSE LIFE
Women of the Iowa Railroad: April 1943
The Work of Annu Palakunnathu Matthew: Indian American artist and photographer
Detroit 1982, by Robert Monaghan

LITERATURE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
W.H. Auden’s Syllabus
Fuck the Straight Line: How Story Rebels Against Expectation
The Creative Process, by James Baldwin

NEWS AND SHIT
Stephen Colbert Hijacked the RNC Stage
More Than 1,000 Attend Black Lives Matter Police Cook-Out in Wichita, Kansas
Women Were Included in the Civil Rights Act as a Joke

THE CUTE SET
Puppies Livestream
Kitten Gets So Excited He Jumps Up and Down

BONUS MISC.
101 Ways to Say Died

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