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    "Faces in the Crowd": this looks like a good read.

    Review by @alexkalamaroff

  2. Jealous, @guyfieri? #latergram cc @danceoval (at Corolla Beach, NC.)

  3. millionsmillions:

    Heading back to school? Here’s a guide to effective close reading

    Most of all, a reminder of the importance of close reading.


  5. The internet can go a little bit over-the-top with 90s kid nostalgia— I’ve seen enough odes to Rainbow Brite and early *NSync to last a lifetime. But I loved this fond look back at gURL.com. It’s long overdue!

    My friends and I did a lot of growing up on this website. Like one former reader puts it in this New York mag piece, gURL was “the internet equivalent of sneaking into an R-rated movie for the first time”

  6. Data viz from dailydot: how the #ferguson news spread on Twitter. Still watching stories on this roll in, in disbelief.

    (Source: kenyatta, via dailydot)


  7. "I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough."
    — Some words of wisdom from Ira Glass.

    (Source: annfriedman)

  8. #Rembrandt: the original master of the selfie. (at National Gallery of Art)

  9. Just visited a library with a 3D printer. Anyone can take a free tutorial and print objects with it. I love to see public libraries reinventing themselves and offering new tech-related resources.

    Of course there’s a long waiting list to use this one…

  10. What I’m reading this morning: ways our most of-the-moment slang is rooted in race and sexuality, on The American Reader.

    The best slang tends to come from groups disenfranchised for their race, age, class or gender. So what happens when their edgy slang gets swept up by everybody else? 

    This all makes me think about language and power— how some of the most subversive slang gets ground up into the vernacular of those in power. Is it even slang, then, anymore?

  11. 5 Things I want from Katy Perry’s new video, in order of urgency:

    1. Pizza earrings
    2. Free ice cream from an ice cream truck
    3. Koi
    4. Mondrian miniskirt
    5. Glow-in-the-dark ping-pong table

    (Source: youtube.com)


  12. There’s more to the problem. Too many women, particularly groundbreaking women and industry leaders, are afraid to be labeled feminists, afraid to stand up and say, “Yes, I am a feminist,” for fear of what that label means, for fear of how to live up to it, for fear of feminism as something essential, for fear of the punishments—both obvious and indirect—that come with openly owning feminism or doing feminism wrong.”

    -Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

    (You can read the rest of the essay here)

    This essay nails it. Gay makes the argument that just as our culture holds there are right and wrong ways to be a woman (good woman: nice clothes, big smile, seen but not heard, happy to stay home taking care of the kids), there has become a myth that there are right and wrong ways to be a feminist (good feminist: angry, militant, hirsute, mirthless, castrating, hates pink, hates men, hates fun). She refreshingly points out all the ways she has “failed” as a feminist. She likes pink. She likes men. She likes Vogue, unironically.

    This reminds me of an incident in my own recent memory. A while ago my boyfriend asked if I was a feminist and I replied, “Well, I’m not a feminist but I am definitely ‘girl-power.’”

    What on earth does it mean to be “girl-power” and why was I so reluctant to label myself as a feminist? I was a Vassar girl, for crying out loud. But to me, the label seemed weighed down by heaps of responsibility. I had never taken a women’s studies class. I shaved my legs. And I’d felt shocked and disapproving of the feminists who mocked and berated Gloria Steinem when she came to give a talk in our chapel on campus.

    What I love about Gay’s essay is it’s a relief. It takes a load off your back: you don’t have to be any certain way to be a feminist.

    If I’d read this before my boyfriend asked me that, I would have just said, “I’m a bad feminist.”
    I can’t wait to read Gay’s new book, Bad Feminist, when it comes out on August 5.
  13. "This is not a joke." #singlelife (at West 4th Street Subway Station)


  14. I’m beginning to feel as though I’m the only person on earth who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones.

  15. What Flappy Bird can teach journalists about mobile, from a presentation I saw today by David Ho, who manages mobile and tablet/emerging technologies for the Wall Street Journal.