BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED ONLINE THIS WEEK (12/6/15)

  1. "White Debt - Reckoning with what is owed — and what can never be repaid — for racial privilege." by Elsa Biss
    The more I read and talk to people, the more obvious it is that we all need to act with humility for every nickel we have in the quarter. This article's another good read. // via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/magazine/white-debt.html
  2. Jeanette Winterson meets Marlon James
    An outstanding conversation about the state of literature, (un)creative young minds, and more. // via The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/28/conversation-jeanette-winterson-marlon-james-interview
  3. A Year in Reading: Ottessa Moshfegh
    I love this annual feature by The Millions. OM: "witnessing cultural demonstrations of “romantic relationships” had turned me off of sex and romance completely. For years, I chose to be alone, to find clarity, sanity, and to block out the preening idiots brainwashed into coupling up in order to fulfill some patriarchal and commercial expectation — brunch, orgasms, weddings, whatever…” // via The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/2015/12/a-year-in-reading-ottessa-moshfegh.html
  4. A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg
    Can't wait to start "City on Fire." Mr. Hallberg's essay for this year's AYIR could qualify as an entry in someone else's AYIR. // Via The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/2015/12/a-year-in-reading-garth-risk-hallberg-7.html
  5. James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society
    On the anniversary of his passing, Brain Pickings reposted an article with beautiful, haunting quotes like: "Perhaps the primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.” // via Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/08/20/james-baldwin-the-creative-process/
  6. How One Publication (http://downatyale.com) Is Making Yale A Safer Space For Students Of Color
    "It's not about disagreements, it's not about an email, it's not about a party, even. It's about these structural issues that make it so that people can dismiss the humanity of people of color in very clear ways." // via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2015/11/30/yale-race-on-campus-down-magazine
  7. HOW AMERICAN STYLE FUELED POSTWAR YOUTH FASHION IN JAPAN | A new book called "Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style" analyzes America's influence on Japanese menswear — and vice versa.
    "It's worth understanding that when someone around the world loves America... often it's disconnected completely with America as the culture of the country itself." // via Fashionista: http://fashionista.com/2015/12/ametora-book-interview
  8. "We Were a Nielsen Family — Here’s What It Was Like" By Melvin Mar
    Things I didn't know! Also, @wenyee chart game strong. // via @vulture: http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/nielsen-family-what-its-like.html
  9. “Ocean Eyes” - Billie Eilish
  10. LATE NIGHTS by Jeremih
    The guy responsible my two most-played songs of 2014 finally drops an album. I love my dudes from Toronto, but this record right here... // via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iLateNights
  11. "I'm ayches." (Bonus IRL list item)
    Yesterday, I sat in on an Inside Out Writers session (a writing/storytelling program for teenagers at Central Juvenile Hall in DTLA). The program's benefits are far beyond what you'd even imagine. But before we got into the work, I learned something new from young Anthony: "How you doing?" "I'm ayches." "Why you anxious?" "No. Ayches. Like H. Hs." "Oh. What's the H?" "You know. Happy and stuff."