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+ It’s Riese on the radio! BBC interviewed the Daily Dot and your very own Riese Bernard to talk about commenting culture (and why we’re not letting it die). Fucking neat!
+ Heather Hogan found this for you — Keeping the Faith: “I identify as black, gay, female, non-cisgender and Christian. I am an outsider even on the inside of every community to which I belong. My very existence challenges every racial, sexual, gender and religious barrier.” by Layshia Clarendon.
+ Ellen Page looks oddly like Brad Pitt in this airbrushed photo, and that alone is reason enough to click on through to the other side. The Equality Stars: Julianne Moore and Ellen Page Pay Tribute in Freeheld.
+ But wait, this is so real: My 28 Years of Heterosexuality Was Just a Phase.
+ Melissa Gira Grant is not fucking around. Pay her for her work or fuck entirely off.
+ “I have a niece and a nephew. When they see images of us, they feel like, ‘I can be myself. I can embrace the things that make me unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.’ And that’s what it’s about to me.” Janelle Monae on Iggy Azalea: “She Steals From Us, We Steal Back.
+ Six Women Who Changes the Face of Publishing, so get on board.
+ Our Incorruptible Dead Girls by Stassa Edwards. Oh lord oh lord this is so much; verging on Everything.
+ A Celebration of Women in Climbing History. YES YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.
Saw This, Thought of You
+ Buzzfeed’s Post-Katrina coverage is important and beautiful.
+ You need this — In Praise of Missing Out: Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on the Paradoxical Value of Our Unlived Lives on the ever-perfect Brain Pickings.
“We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not,” Joan Didion wrote in contemplating the value of keeping a notebook. But we are just as well advised, it turns out, to keep on nodding terms with the people we could’ve been, the people we never were, the people who perished in the abyss between our ideal selves and our real selves. So argues psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life — a fascinating read, acutely relevant to our culture so plagued by the fear of missing out that we’ve shorthanded it to “FOMO.”
+ Stef couldn’t wait to share this with you. 13 Hard-Hitting Facts About American Gladiators
+ Recipe: Wilderness First Aid Kit. Item #1 is a fucking tampon to be used for a million things beyond a shedding uterus so I hope you’re already clicking on this link.
+ Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning. “But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons.” Because LIFE, you guys.
+ Y’AAAAAALL, Cara Giaimo is just killing it. Nashville’s Cheatin’ Heart: Why Country Music Has Been Obsessed With Adultery for the Last Century.