Ya gotta read a lot if you want to write a little. Here are some of the best things I read this last month*:
*You might remember this as a formerly sometimes weekly post. I'm trying out a monthly version instead now. Let me know what you think!
"Heartbreak is how we mature; yet we use the word heartbreak as if it only occurs when things have gone wrong: an unrequited love, a shattered dream… But heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way."
"David Whyte on the True Meaning of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak"
from Brain Pickings (@brainpicker)
"Nonviolence as Compliance"
Also a great read about what's going on in Baltimore, "How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere."
from Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) in the Washington Post (@washingtonpost)
In "No Kids for Me, Thanks," Teddy Wayne quotes the editor of an anthology of stories from the childless-by-choice, Meghan Daum, as saying "The fact is, everybody is selfish. It's like saying, 'You breathe.'"
from The New York Times (@nytimes)
Data is my favorite. Robinson Meyer takes a look at emoji use across the world in "Canada Loves the Poop Emoji."
from The Atlantic (@theatlantic)
from Salon (@salon)
I learned that April 30 was National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, thanks to a display, pictured below, outside a grocery store from a local elementary school. I unrolled a scroll of paper to find E. E. Cumming's "maggie and milly and molly and may." National Poetry Month may be over, but don't let that stop you from reading some.