BEST THINGS I'VE READ IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS

Gah! I missed publishing this last week so here's a summary of stuff that I liked to read from the last two weeks.
  1. Harriet Tubman Once Staged a Sit In for $20
    The significance of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill goes beyond her being the first woman or person of color on a US bill. $20 has played a major role in her life. Twice. http://www.vox.com/2016/4/20/11469736/harriet-tubman-twenty-why
  2. Persian Cuisine, Fragrant and Rich with Symbolism
    "Persians are always looking for meaning in everything we eat." It's time that Persian food get a little bit of the spotlight. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/dining/persian-food-recipes-nowruz.html
  3. What a Shitty Week to be an Asian American Woman in Hollywood
    The underrepresentation of Asians in Hollywood is ridiculous. Why is yellowface still happening in 2016?!? https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2016/04/19/what-a-shitty-week-to-be-an-asian-american-woman-in-hollywood/
  4. Aphantasia
    This blew me away. It never occurred to me that there were people who couldn't visualize things in their mind. My friend (who has synesthesia) who shared this article on FB, likened it to when she discovered that everyone didn't see the number 7 as blue. Totally fascinating. http://www.refinery29.com/2016/04/109074/aphantasia-essay-blake-ross-facebook (click the link in 2nd paragraph for the original article. For whatever reason @list won't let me link directly to it in Facebook!)
  5. When Cupid is a Prying Journalist
    I read this last year when it was published but somehow it came back around on one of my social feeds. It reads like a real life rom com, and that's not an insult. We all deserve not to settle. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/fashion/when-cupid-is-a-prying-journalist.html
  6. What Does Depression Feels Like
    I have numerous friends who suffer from depression and I certainly have teetered on the edge, looking over the cliff but never really falling in thanks to intense therapy, a good network of friends and loved one, and a mental toolbox of various ways to work my way through it. But for those who have never experienced it, it can truly be debilitating. http://gu.com/p/4tfxh/stw
  7. The secret shame of the middle class
    47% of Americans wouldn't be able to pay $400 for an emergency. And no one is talking about. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/
  8. Prince Gave Black Kids the License to be Who they Wanted, Not Who Society Wanted them to Be
    Prince transcended race and gender and sexuality but he made it easier to be who you were regardless of where you landed in the multicolored spectrum. http://static.latimes.com/prince-gen-x/
  9. Why I Love Reading Smut
    My friend Delilah wrote an excellent post about why smut is important. We need to celebrate smut! http://www.whimsydark.com/blog/2016/4/20/why-i-love-reading-smut
  10. Before the Stonewall Uprising, There Was the Sip-in
    I love reading about lost history. And the idea of a sip-in is awesome. H/t @seantimberlake http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/nyregion/before-the-stonewall-riots-there-was-the-sip-in.html
  11. 4 Men with 4 Different Incomes...
    Despite the huge difference in income, it seems like we all have the same worries. And it's fascinating how money hasn't shifted these folks happiness level. http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/money/a44086/four-men-four-numbers/
  12. Mourning Prince and David Bowie
    The loss of Bowie, then Prince so soon afterwards is so insane. Two artist that were not afraid to be and do whatever they wanted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2016/04/21/mourning-prince-and-david-bowie-who-showed-theres-no-one-right-way-to-be-a-man/
  13. Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved
    "No one cares about you or your cheap shit.... What will save the media industry...is when we start making real things for people again." h/t @mudaba for this article about how the only thing that people really care about is real things. Not trends or the latest hottest app. https://medium.com/@joshuatopolsky/your-media-business-will-not-be-saved-1b0716b5010c?curator=MediaREDEF#.v3t3b5zbd
  14. Obituaries My Mother Wrote for Me While I Was Living in San Francisco in my Twenties