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2017

Nine podcasts to help you escape the horror of our dying republic
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Articles podcasts culture horror gaming writing politics
Let’s face it. Things are bad right now. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s hard to be happy about anything at the moment, unless you’re, I don’t know, a bridge troll, I guess?

2015

On Kindness as a Default
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Articles kindness philosophy culture
Hello, friends. It’s been a while. I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot lately. As anything, it’s the result of the juxtaposition of several events, but without a doubt I’ve been mostly thinking about it in the context of raising my daughter.
A Minimum Wage of $70,000 a Year
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Articles business wages culture politics economics
The New York Times reports that a Seattle-based company has announced that they will be increasing the minimum wage for all of their employees to $70,000 per year. “The market rate for me as a C.
You Ain't
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Articles identity self esteem feminism culture
Nika Harper’s recent post is getting a lot of attention, as well it should. It’s wonderful. You are not your weight Your teeth Your twitter following Your gender. You ARE
White Millennials Are a Failed Experiment in Color Blindness
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Articles politics sexism feminism culture
Interesting piece from PBS that makes a strong case that while Millennials have been raised to be more inclusive of diversity, the framework in which they’ve been instructed blinds them to the systemic racism present in our society.
Broken Men and Their Broken System
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Articles sports culture football nfl
Chris Kluwe takes a look at the NFL retirement program, and provides some blistering commentary on what happens to athletes when they leave the game. An intense drive to be the best, no matter the cost, now unsure what to strive for.
Quote: Kelly Sue DeConnick on Feminism in Her Writing
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Quotes feminism culture writing
I don’t actually set out to write political pamphlets. I’m always writing story first, and even before that I’m always writing character first – everything is born of character. But I think that I have some very strong feelings about some things; in particular, ideas of fairness and justice.
If Your Website's Full of Assholes, It's Your Fault
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Articles social media culture mra gamergate twitter facebook
This old post from Anil Dash has been making the rounds again this week, and for good reason. As it turns out, we have a way to prevent gangs of humans from acting like savage packs of animals.

2014

The Last True Hermit
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Articles weird profiles culture
This GQ story about the North Pond Hermit is amazing. One day in 1986, Christopher Knight left family and friends behind for good, and spent 30 years leaving alone in the woods of Maine, sleeping in a hidden tent.
Quote: Antoine de Saint Exupéry
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Quotes culture philosophy sociology business management
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Quote: Maciej Ceglowski on Productivity Techniques
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Quotes productivity culture
Kindly remember that if, unprompted, you tell someone about your system for getting organized, you are no better than a vegan. — @Pinboard
Quote: Salman Rushdie
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Quotes writing culture storytelling humanism literature
Man is the animal that tells stories about himself to himself. — Salman Rushdie, Lecture at the University of Iowa (March 2004) It’s been years since I sat in that lecture hall, but Rushdie’s description of humans as storytelling creatures still gets me with it’s perfect simplicity.
Quote: Mike Monteiro
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Quotes feels poverty economics human condition culture
Every night, homeless people construct their nightly shelters outside the Quaker meeting house. Quakers will not make you leave. And have a high level of empathy. A few weeks ago I was walking home and there was a woman, a homeless woman, setting up a space.

2013

Quote: Jaron Lanier
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Quotes technology culture
If you listen first, and write later, then whatever you write will have had time to filter through your brain, and you’ll be in what you say. This is what makes you exist.
Quote: C.S. Lewis
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Quotes culture
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. — C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

2011

The Mechanic Muse — From Scroll to Screen
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Articles books tech culture
Great piece from Lev Grossman on the radical changes that the codex introduced into reading, specifically the ability to interact with the text in a non-linear manner. He makes a valid point that e-readers make similar interaction a clumsy affair.

2010

When Elvis Died Podcast: Quentin's Quick History of Christmas
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Articles friends history culture sociology anthropology christmas
My friend, Quentin Lewis has put together a fun examination of of how Christmas has been celebrated in the western world – with particular emphasis on how it has been celebrated in the United States and England – over the last few centuries.

2009

Warren Ellis: 'We're living in the last days of the Roman empire'
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Articles culture future publishing
Those of you who already read Ellis’ work will find no surprises in his first column for Wired UK, but this piece is worth reading regardless. There’s a lot of meat in this column, but it would be easy to discount it as simply strange.

2008

A Blogger By Any Other Name
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Articles blogging culture futility meta
Eric Rice recently wrote this post wondering, “How can I stop being called a ‘blogger’?” To summarize, his issue is that it is ridiculous to be labeled by a single medium, especially when the medium is so prevalent that the term becomes meaningless as a categorization tool.

2007

Creepy Sleepy: Why Radiohead Matters
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Articles appearances creepy sleepy culture radiohead warren ellis
Just a quick post to let you know that I appeared on the latest episode of the Creepy Sleepy Show Podcast, where DHP, Greg and myself discuss the new Radiohead album, titled In Rainbows.