BEST THINGS I READ/SAW/HEARD ONLINE THIS WEEK (3/27/16)

  1. Learning — And Unlearning — To Be An 'Ambassador' For Islam
  2. "Sound & Fury" - a new poem by Claudia Rankine
  3. Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs
    Holy wow. The interview with John Ehrlichman… | via Harpers: https://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/
  4. Why We’re Not Making Plans for Coachella and Bonnaroo
  5. How House of Balloons Changed R&B
    I’ve said it before, but I’ll never forget the morning of 3/21/11. | via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2016/03/21/house-of-balloons-rountable-the-weeknd
  6. Another Another Country
    Links to Mr. Baldwin reading from his novel. | via Paris Review: http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/03/23/another-another-country/
  7. Junot Díaz on the Complexities Beneath the Blanket Term “Race,” Our Limiting Mythologies of Success, Why Dictatorships Are Like Reddit, and How Artists Survive
    "Whenever I read about people of color as artists I think it is so overly simplified. We tend to be reduced to the cultural element… Or we’ll be reduced to simplistic visions that say that in these works of art, this artist is talking about this crucial moment, or about the problem of race.” | via Brainpickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/03/21/junot-diaz-upstairs-at-the-strand/
  8. A Dialogue on Race and Speech at Yale: An undergraduate and staff writer at The Atlantic exchange contrasting perspectives on the protests that roiled the campus last fall.
    "The POC at Yale can articulate injustices, no matter how nuanced, not only because of their lived experience but also because of the vocabulary and theoretical framework that these classes and the articles they read have given them. ...White students tend to shy away from the topic of race because they not only lack the experience, but the educational and theoretical foundation to address it. “ | via The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/yale-silliman-race/475152
  9. The Future Project Asks NYC Students What They Really Think of High School
  10. 'The Perfect Fit - Shopping in Tokyo' by David Sedaris
    "Ebisu—is home to one of our favorite shops, Kapital. The clothes they sell are new but appear to have been previously worn, perhaps by someone who was shot or stabbed and then thrown off a boat. Everything looks as if it had been pulled from the evidence rack at a murder trial. I don’t know how they do it..." | via @newyorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/28/david-sedaris-shops-for-clothes-in-tokyo
  11. dvsn - “SEPT. 5”
    What a wonderful Saturday night surprise. | via Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/mTlebb
  12. Clare Maguire - "Elizabeth Taylor"