1. Reasons to be Cheerful

    Reasons to be Cheerful is an editorial project dedicated to “stories of hope, rooted in evidence.” A project spearheaded by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame, Reasons to be Cheerful reports stories that “balance a sense of healthy optimism with journalistic rigor, and find cause for hope.”

    Commentary
  2. Bernardine Evaristo

    On the website of Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, you’ll find information on upcoming events, a portfolio of her talks and public writing, and a well-selected collection of interviews.

    Authors
  3. So About What I Said

    When trolls told Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome sufferer Melissa Blake that she was too ugly to post photos on the internet, she responded with selfies — and they went viral. On her blog, she talks about disabilities, lifestyle, and pop culture.

    Lifestyle
  4. Belt Magazine

    As more and more national magazines and website consolidate into big media groups, regional journalists are keeping the investigative and creative fires stoked — like Belt, “a digital publication by and for the Rust Belt and greater Midwest.”

    Journalism
  5. Intifooda: Rediscovering Palestinian Cuisine

    Saveur Blog Award finalist Intifooda is a recipe blog by two friends — Rasha S and Rasha K — dedicated to archiving and preserving traditional Palestinian cuisine.

    Cooking
  6. Southern Fried Science

    At Southern Fried Science, explore videos and articles by a team of marine and environmental experts on conservation and the challenges our oceans face.

    Animals
  7. Hijabi Librarians

    This group of librarians works to give voice to Muslim literature and books with Muslim protagonists: “We aim to recognize, celebrate and honor the books and authors that get it right.” As the site’s authors cleverly say, “We’ve got it covered.”

    Books
  8. Thursday Night Pizza

    “It’s amazing how a circle of fresh-made dough can open your mind to endless possibilities.” Peggy Paul Casella is a professional cookbook editor and recipe tester, food writer, and pizza blogger. On her website, explore recipes, essential pizza-making tips, and cooking videos.

    Cooking
    Photo via Thursday Night Pizza
  9. Austin City Limits Music Festival

    Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has grown to two weekends, eight stages, and over 130 bands. Explore the lineup, festival map, and so much more on the official website.

    Current Events
    Photo by Greg Noire via ACL Festival
  10. Ericka Hart

    Ericka Hart is an activist and sexuality educator. “Diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2014 at the age of 28, she realized that neither her identity as a queer black femme, nor her sex life as a survivor, was featured prominently in her treatment.” So she went topless in public, showing her scars “to […]

    Diversity
    Photo via Ericka Hart