Confession: “Popular Song” by Mika & Ariana Grande is my jam. I love it. Also who else cried when they listened to the new One Direction song
An epic jacket at Eastern Market.
Whoa. I had no idea the epigraph to @johngreenwritesbooks’ Paper Towns was a @mountain_goats lyric.
I keep forgetting my notebook and/or my knitting at home so my work notepad is full of stuff like BREAKUP JAMS and random notes to myself ugh
After a relationship, what is the difference between moving on and distracting oneself with movies, bowling, television, etc.? Is there a difference? Is distraction a form of moving on or is it antithetical to healing? All’s to say I think I need to take some time to get my life together. Let’s end this by quoting Fergie: “be with myself and center: clarity, peace serenity.”
Today was hard.
Yet in the midst of this God shows me that I am friends with the fucking best people in the universe, who call me and drive me and watch things with me and feed me and text me and love on me, carelessly, easily, eagerly. I have a friend who sent me a list of things she likes about me, another one who calls me almost every day to check on me, another one who made me cookies and a mix CD, another who watches Bob’s Burgers and makes a list of consolations for me, and my God, I am held in the palms of these hands like a little kitten. I am so utterly grateful.
Shouts & Murmurs: Cirocco Dunlap’s humorous take on how to deal with a breakup by someone also going through a breakup: http://nyr.kr/1hgSOuD
“Be patient! Healing takes time. As the saying goes, ‘Good things come to those who have given up and sit defeated in their shower, fully clothed,…
Kevin started C(ookie)NN and it is great.
The Annual’s Multi-Ethnic All Inclusive Holiday Extravaganza! (Issue #6)
Arriving on November 6th is The Annual’s very first ever Multi-Ethnic All Inclusive Holiday Extravaganza! An issue pumpkin spiced and filled with more festive goodies than you can shake a leg at. On top of that, this issue is scientifically guaranteed to include every holiday from Halloween to New Years! Witness the world’s first Kwaymation Kwanzaa, hear about the celebration of Hannahkuh, and examine the more obscure December holidays. All this and more in our Multi-Ethnic All Inclusive Holiday Extravaganza! This issue also features an interview with Stand-up comedian/writer/journalist Gaby Dunn!
Wanna read my interview with the excellent Gaby Dunn and learn why we misspelled Hanukkah in the preceding paragraph? It’s all inside the sixth issue of The Annual.
(Guys, throw us a dollar or two. Our subscription is mad cheap. For God’s sake, we got our start as a Kickstarter and we basically give away these magazines. Get on this before we get big.)
I edit this dude. Long live the intersection of print and internet! Give us your money. Just a little bit of it.
Reading List: What We Believe
This week’s reading list explores religious understanding and our different beliefs.
Renstrom’s cross-wearing Christian classmates didn’t understand her agnostic Unitarian beliefs, which blend ethics, interfaith understanding, science and more.
The public erasure of atheistic beliefs belies a wariness of what we don’t want to understand. Hear that, Oprah?
3. "Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God." (Tara Isabella Burton, The Atlantic, October 2013)
"A good theologian, he says, ‘has to be a historian, a philosopher, a linguist, a skillful interpreter of texts both ancient and modern, and probably many other things besides.’ In many ways, a course in theology is an ideal synthesis of all other liberal arts: no longer, perhaps, ‘Queen of the Sciences,’ but at least, as Wood terms it, ‘Queen of the Humanities.’"
Raising an interfaith family and its surprisingly hopeful implications for Judaism.
We need your help to get to 5,000 Longreads Members.
Returning to some of my favorite subjects, here: atheists in interfaith dialogue! higher education! religion in the familial sphere! being half-Jewish!
Also, consider subscribing to Longreads. You’ll get exclusive excerpts or articles every week, and you’ll help perpetuate the importance of longform journalism and thoughtful investigation. I did it (just $30 a year or a few bucks a month), and it’s great.
Now that I’m accustoming to the pace of my new job, I’m ready to dive back into the longreads game. Here’s my latest list for the Longreads, which is also having a member drive. Check it out in one of the links above.
Leo: This week, your desires are going to move you and they’re going call to you, like a song in your head, like a motor in your chest. This is a week for claiming them, for holding onto them and facing up to their wild powerful force. Don’t let them take over your entire life but try, this week, to make peace with the desires that won’t let you go and the ones that will not not let themselves be made quiet. Try to make peace with the dreams that will keep calling out to you until you look at them, until you call them by their names.
Paradoxical desires, though.