Michelle W.
Chief Semicolon Advocate at WordPress.com. Professional writer, editor, napper, and dog-snorgler. Knows you are, but what is she?
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  1. grass clippings

    Love bluegrass, Americana, and folk music? So do the music lovers behind grass clippings — find musician interviews, reviews, reporting from music festivals, and more.

    Music
  2. Weekend Food

    “All food should be in some way healthy. That much, in this day and age, is pretty much a given. But good food should be so much more than that too: as well as being delicious it should also have a history and a context and an occasion. It should stay in your head.”

    Cooking
  3. Mortifications

    Adam Fleming Petty looks back at his teen years to consider the overlap between hardcore punk and Christianity: “Pummeling my body was what shows were for; performing such abasements myself would have been ineffectual, even disrespectful, like trying to baptize yourself.”

    Music
  4. Photography
  5. Two Fat Americans

    Julie and Dean turn the stereotype of “fat American tourists” on its head with their off-the-beaten path travels. Their blog shows that adventure isn’t just for the size four.

    Photography
  6. Pulled Punches

    A coffee, a loyalty punch card, and a Rubik’s Cube star in Marissa’s wishful musings for more analog time.

    Nostalgia
  7. FAN/FIC Magazine

    FAN/FIC is an online magazine for fanfiction readers and writers: essays about fan culture, practical advice on how to improve your craft, interviews with writers, and more.

    Books
  8. Lex Loves Couture

    Alexa Alfonso loves fashion, and loves putting together looks on a budget. Her on-trend site is jam-packed with accessible fashion, beauty, and home tips.

    Fashion
  9. Robot Cars and the Fear Gap

    From Ketan Joshi: “No technology will result in the complete eradication of vehicular fatalities, but considering the major role of human error in car accidents, computer assistance and eventual control should lead to a serious reduction of death and injury. Currently, this doesn’t matter.”

    Data
  10. “Good writing must be a constant oscillation between unselfconscious momentum and self-examination. You must look beyond your immediate impulse in order to avoid what’s easy, hackneyed, unexaminedly ideological, and what’s merely smooth and pleasant to the inner ear.”

    Inspiration
  11. A Wonder of the Multicultural Medieval World: The Tabula Rogeriana

    Do maps reflect your worldview — or shape it? Meet the genius 12th-century cartographer you’ve never heard of, al-Idrisi, and his marvelous multicultural map.

    Culture
  12. Why write, when you can shout? Why write, when the situation needs much more urgent action? Why write when the swamp of words is filling faster than we can bail it out?

    Writing
  13. Eater’s Manifesto

    Suresh eats at and reviews some of the world’s best restaurants, and teaches readers to create Michelin-star-worthy plates in their own kitchens.

    Cooking
  14. None of that is to say religion doesn’t explain the world I live in, doesn’t aid my living a good life, doesn’t provide me with a community. It does all of those things. It’s simply that I don’t need religion to do any of those things.

    Religion
  15. Art