Sunday, May 3, 2015

Best things I read last month: April

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!
"David Whyte on the True Meaning of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak"
from Brain Pickings (@brainpicker)

"Nonviolence as Compliance"
from Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) in The Atlantic (@theatlantic)

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)

Chances are you'll either think this is sweet or terrifying or both, but regardless, it's also interesting. Make it through (or skip) the super-cat-lady intro of "Learning to speak the language of cats: How they’re actually telling humans what to do" for an interview based in research and science.
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.

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