1. Why I Can’t Write a Good Personal Essay

    At Tenure, She Wrote, a grad student explains her decision no longer to write narratives of inspiration and gumption: “A little smarts and hard work and luck can’t make my chronically ill body ‘productive.’”

    Academia
  2. 1 in 7

    As Movember draws to a close, here’s Ross Murray’s unexpectedly hilarious post recounting his recent prostate-cancer diagnosis. (While you’re there, do check out Ross’s post-surgery update.)

    Health
  3. OCEARCH

    Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project to geared to helping scientists collect previously unattainable data on animal movements from deep in the world’s oceans.

    Animals
  4. Consequences of Not Having Your Shit Together

    Will Nicole get home in one piece after her study abroad trip? “What ensued was one of the worst character-building experiences of my life. It was over 100 degrees. The first stretch, and for all I knew, the whole stretch, was at an incline of at least 30 degrees.”

    Humor
  5. CrimeReads

    From thrillers to mystery novels, CrimeReads — created by the Literary Hub team — explores the far reaches of the world of literary suspense with essays, reading lists, and more.

    Books
  6. Photography
  7. The Agenda

    Tablet Hotels’ magazine, The Agenda, offers healthy doses of glossy escapism and travel inspiration for jet-setters, couch-surfers, and armchair travellers alike.

    Design
  8. Finger-Ring Lore

    Did you know that, ‘A dove, carrying an olive branch in its mouth, engraved in pyrites and mounted in a silver ring ensured the wearer the utmost hospitality wherever he went, as it conveyed the power of “fascination.”?’ Learn more about rings at the Maynooth University Library blog.

    History
    Maynooth University Library Archives
  9. Art
    By Suzy Walker-Toye
  10. I Applied to 200 Jobs and All I Got Was This Moderate-Severe Depression

    “Like most ambitious English majors, I hoped I would find work in either teaching or writing after graduation. Long story short, I ended up graduating magna cum laude, won my department’s award, and learned that no one really wants to talk about E.M. Forster while playing beer pong. Go figure.”

    Academia
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