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  1. You Don’t Have to Live in Public

    Austin Kleon on the need to gain a sense of ownership over our online lives: “Back [in 2013], the worst I felt social media did was waste your time. Now, the worst social media does is cripple democracy and ruin your soul.”

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  2. “These ‘rules’ have shown impressive staying power. From cocktail parties to kitchen tables, these seemingly fascinating bits of grammar trivia have been repeated over and over, in some cases for centuries. Too bad they’re not true.”

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  3. Why Emily Contois Is Still Blogging After Six Years

    A recent episode of online trolling hasn’t stopped this food and media scholar from making her voice heard.

    Academia
  4. On Boy Books and Girl Books

    “Can we all agree that there is no such thing as a girl or a boy book?” Teacher and parent Pernille Ripp writes on the toxic effects of defining books by the gender of their supposed audience.

    Books
  5. Really, libraries don’t need reinventing, thanks.

    Librarian Deb Baker rejects a recent op-ed calling for Amazon to replace public libraries: “Libraries are often the only egalitarian spaces in American communities, radically welcoming of everyone who comes through their doors.”

    Books
  6. Popula

    Popula, part of the Civil network, is “a journalist-owned, journalist-run, ad-free publication with nobody to answer to, except you.” Browse their growing archives for fresh, timely writing and art.

    Art
  7. What Is the Most Nostalgic Song of All Time?

    “A simple question, posed at eight o’clock on a Saturday night. I got 5,000 comments back.” At the Village Voice, Mikel Jollett writes on music’s power to evoke memory and a sense of loss.

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  8. Tokyo Review

    Even if you don’t live anywhere near the world’s largest city, Tokyo Review publishes timely, engaging articles that invite all readers to learn more about Japan’s economy, culture, and politics.

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  9. What Does One Word Matter? Doctoral Women on Twitter.

    Medievalist Lucy Allen writes on the recent move among women in academia to add the title “Dr” to their Twitter name, which she views as “an act of faith, a promise to myself to keep my work from being erased.”

    Academia
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  10. “Tony”: David Simon on Anthony Bourdain

    The creator of The Wire and Treme remembers his years of friendship and collaboration with the late Anthony Bourdain.

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  11. Michigan Quarterly Review

    Michigan Quarterly Review, the flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, has been publishing fiction, essays, and poetry for over 50 years — and the entire archive is available online.

    Authors
  12. Columbia Journalism Review

    Columbia Journalism Review is a respected voice on press criticism. It offers analysis and reporting for journalists and professionals in communications, tech, academia, and other fields.

    Academia
  13. The Urban Frontier Cabin

    On vanlife in the San Francisco Bay Area: “A van might cost about $600 a month with a five year loan. There’s insurance, gas, maintenance, and a gym membership for showers and such. But compare that to the one bedroom apartment it’s parked in front of that’s renting for $5,400 — assuming you can…move in.”

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  14. Maria Popova on Evergreen Ideas and Rethinking the Meaning of Content

    Maria Popova, the founder of Brain Pickings, on how she loathes the term “content” when applied to cultural material: “One can’t ‘own’ any fragment of this complex interlacing of ideas and influences we call culture.”

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  15. On Fear

    Writer and political organizer Alex Press on fear: “It’s hard to imagine such a state of mind, writing from the present. Ours feels like a time of fear, defined by it much as I was then defined by its absence.”

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