Went quiet last weekend for obvious/nonobvious reasons. Catching up:
  1. Da Art of Storytellin’ (A Prequel) -
    "Honestly, the only thing I’d want to ask them would be about their Grandmamas. I’d want to know if their Grandmamas thought they were beautiful. I’d want to know how their Grandmamas wanted to be loved. I’d want to know how good they were at loving their Grandmamas on days when the world wasn’t so kind." // via the Oxford American “Georgia Music Issue”:
  2. Monuments around the world light up for Paris
  3. The Women of Hollywood Speak Out by Maureen Dowd
    Great article and gallery. “It’s white men hiring white men to tell stories about white men." // via New York Times:
  4. Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood
    "for an Asian character, there were startlingly fewer options, and with each of them, something was off." // via New York Times:
  5. ‘Apostrophes’: Nikole Hannah-Jones on Race, Education and Inequality, at Longreads Story Night
  6. Brené Brown on Vulnerability, Human Connection, and the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy, Animated
    Several years old but always important. // via Brain Pickings:
  7. Bill Simmons interviews President Obama
    “The fact that race has always been the fault line of our society and has always distorted our politics—that is not subject to argument. Part of what you’re looking for is a way not to just vent but to actually move the people.” //via GQ
  8. Anthony Bourdain’s mind gets blown at Waffle House
  9. Why Writers Run: Racking up mile after mile is difficult, mind-expanding, and hypnotic—just like putting words down on a page.
    "Running affords the freedom of distance, coupled with the literary appeal of solitude.” // via The Atlantic:
  10. Fresh On The Screen: How TV Is Redefining Whom We Think Of As 'American'
  11. What’s past is prologue - Ta-Nehisi Coates at Harvard
    “It’s not enough to just stop wounding someone; you actually have to heal someone. You actually have to do something about the harm that you produced. It’s not enough to simply say, ‘I’ve stopped harming.’” // via YouTube
  12. 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchors Dish On 'SNL' And Donald Trump
  13. Michael Skolnik, the 37-year-old New Yorker in the middle of Civil Rights 2.0
  14. Podcasting in 2015 feels a lot like blogging circa 2004: exciting, evolving, and trouble for incumbents
  15. Live By Night: Historic Downtown Brunswick Being Transformed into Prohibition-Era Ybor City