BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED ONLINE THIS WEEK (4/17/16)

  1. Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest
    "I wanted the course to explore this hallmark of the masculine psyche — the shame over feeling any sadness, despair or strong emotion other than anger, let alone expressing it and the resulting alienation. Many young men, just like this student, compose artful, convincing masks, but deep down they aren’t who they pretend to be." | via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/education/edlife/teaching-men-to-be-emotionally-
  2. How Japanese Designers Made American Style Better
    "Subcultures in Japan are taught by the media because they're not native to Japan—they were influenced by the West—so you just end up with this type of order." | via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2016/04/15/ametora-author-interview-japanese-american-style
  3. Drinking Tea with Tom Sachs
    More awkward beauty from Tom Sachs. | via Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/286702/drinking-tea-with-tom-sachs/
  4. If Emoji Are the Future of Communication Then We’re Screwed
    My movement now has supporting data: "So if you believed that emoji would somehow magically fix communication, think again. They might just be mucking things up more.” http://nymag.com/following/2016/04/people-often-disagree-about-what-emoji-mean.html
  5. How Metro Boomin Became The Most Trusted Guy In Rap
    Excellent profile on Metro Boomin' (even if you never shopped at Lenox). | via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2016/04/12/metro-boomin-cover-story-interview
  6. 'Decoding James Brown’ Review
    “You cannot understand Brown without understanding that the land that produced him is a land of masks,” writes McBride. “The people who walk that land, both black and white, wear masks and more masks, then masks beneath those masks.” | via Garden and Gun: http://gardenandgun.com/article/books-decoding-james-brown
  7. New ESPN '30 For 30' Doc Explores Race In O.J. Simpson's Los Angeles
    Wow. Bold. | Trailer via YouTube, context via LAist: http://laist.com/2016/04/12/oj_doc_espn.php
  8. James Baldwin on the Artist’s Struggle for Integrity and How It Illuminates the Universal Experience of What It Means to Be Human
    The article is great, BUT THERE IS A SOUNDCLOUD LINK TO BALDWIN READING THE LECTURE. | via Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/04/13/james-baldwin-the-artists-struggle-for-integrity/ // Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/james-baldwin-the-artists-struggle-for-integrity-full-lecture
  9. Talking Housing Segregation And Chicago With WBEZ's Natalie Y. Moore
    Enlightening conversation The public school demo statistics are wild. | via NPR Code Switch: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/04/11/473414348/talking-housing-segregation-and-chicago-with-wbez-s-natalie-moore
  10. The Extreme Sacrifice Detroit Parents Make to Access Better Schools
    “If you ever want to break a community, just start by breaking down the school system and eventually you’re just going to have deserts and graveyards,” | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/the-extreme-sacrifice-detroit-parents-make-to-access-better-schools/477585/
  11. The First Year of Teaching Can Feel Like Fraternity Hazing
    I love the monologue lesson. Also: "...studies have found that anywhere from 17 percent to 46 percent of new teachers quit within their first five years. If teachers were trained better, more might stick around, experts say." | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/first-year-teaching/477990/
  12. Race/Related
    Crowd-sourcing stories and films from people on race. Sign up for the newsletter or share a perspective. | via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/2016/04/17/race-related?nlid=68573840
  13. Between the World and Us: Hannah Arendt on Outsiderdom, the Power and Privilege of Being a Pariah, and How We Humanize Each Other
    "The world is not humane just because it is made by human beings, and it does not become humane just because the human voice sounds in it, but only when it has become the object of discourse. However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate us, they become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows..." | via Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/04/12/hannah-arendt-men-in-dark-times/
  14. 'Blindspot' Consultant Spills Secrets Behind Tattoos and Art of TV Deception
    "In real life however, [Blindspot] showrunner Martin Gero and company rely heavily on series consultant David Kwong, a Harvard graduate in the field of the history of magic, a magician, and a crossword puzzlemaker extraordinaire." | via The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/blindspot-consultant-spills-secrets-behind-881699
  15. Jamie xx And The Value Of Other People's Music
  16. 'The Birth of a Nation' Trailer
  17. 'Neon Demon' Trailer
    Trailer via YouTube, context via LAist: http://laist.com/2016/04/14/neon_demon.php
  18. “Work” - Charlotte Day Wilson
  19. "Falling" - Snakehips feat. Malika
  20. "Nobody Speak" - DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels