Five Star's 299th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to Us By Herta Müller

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to us by an old insult, the many incarnations of the precious things we carry, the revenge of living well, by being for an art, defensive snobbery, the privilege of not always having to think about it, victim blaming and abuser apologies, laughter, and Herta Müller:

by Dontworry (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Dontworry (own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In writing, one searches, and that is what keeps one writing, that one sees and experiences things from another angle entirely; one experiences oneself during the process of writing.
— Herta Müller —

Happy Tuesday!


"Turd In a Bucket" by karenspillingwords at Spilling Words:

The words that make up those stories have become an indistinguishable part of me, like my crooked pinkies or my genetic predisposition for alcoholism. I rarely notice them any more.

"So Fragile, But So Enduring" by Jenny Lawson at The Bloggess:

I’ve been missing for awhile, but I’ve been trying to find my words.
Meemaw died yesterday, at the age of 80.

"What to Do When People Are Mean" by Eden Riley at Edenland:

Who does he think he is? Who do you think you are? Who do I think I am? How dare we be bold. How dare we be ourselves, tell the truth, laugh, be happy.

"I Am For An Art: An Old Manifesto I’d Almost Forgotten I Believed In" by Jen Groeber at Mama Art:

I am for an art that witnesses moments of absurd despair and self-loathing. I am for an art that celebrates the gritty, fearsome strength of the obese woman living inside of small women.

"The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect" by Steve Almond at Poets & Writers:

Snark is a conscious attempt to cast aspersion for narcissistic reward. Writers who use social media, or other public forums, to dis other writers are seeking to convert resentment into attention. It’s a tool of self-promotion.

"The Progressive White Guy's Guide to Privilege" by Andy Hinds at The Daily Beast:

When I was in my mid-twenties, I made a mistake that seems unimaginable to me now. I went to a Halloween party at the home of a black guy I’d recently met… in blackface.
Such was the depth of my white privilege that it had not occurred to me that my makeup was problematic.

"If I Make A Medusa Rage Ring Or A Million Or So, Do You Want One?" by Deb Rox at Deb On the Rocks:

Enduring violence can do both to you, you know. Can attract punishment to you, can cause villagers to heap blame upon you. Can change everything, including your very DNA. Can steel your senses and your spine, giving you untold power. Can make you wild and monstrous in the best and worst ways.

"The Best Medicine" by William Dameron at The Authentic Life:

I open one eye and examine the equipment in the room.
“Is one of these things a lipo machine?  Maybe my pain is coming from a thin layer of fat,” I say.

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Five Star's 298th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Tina Fey

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by living a different kind of normal, the loss of an incomparable grandmother, an all too familiar but unthinkable crime, and Tina Fey:

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by Mingle Media TV [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you're the boss. Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.
— Tina Fey —

Happy Wednesday!


"I Am Not Broken: The Language of Disability" by Sarah at Bookworm Blues:

We are not broken; we’re just a different kind of normal. We are not incapable or unable; we just get things done a little differently.

"All Here Together (Eulogy Delivered At Grandma Connie's Funeral Today In Elkhorn)" by Erika at Be Gay About It:

Part of me thought she would live forever. That she would somehow escape the inevitable end faced by the rest of us because she was special, because she really got that life is to be led onto the dance floor with wild abandon and taken for a spin.

Trigger warning — rape and abortion: "It's Taken So Long" by Alice at I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault:

Oh, my sweetheart, I am so sorry. You have been trying to figure this out for so many years, and I’m sorry it’s taken so long. But I’m glad we’re here now.

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Five Star's 297th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Jennifer L. Armentrout

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by separating what actually matters from what does not, what it's like to experience prejudice within communities that should accept you, fear and blackness in America, the beauty of dance, the brutality of addiction and homelessness, and Jennifer L. Armentrout:

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"I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect."
— Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

Happy Wednesday, and happy reading!


"The Elegant Art of Not Giving a Shit" by David Cain at Raptitude:

Knowing how to not give a shit doesn’t mean you never give a shit about anything. It just means that when you give a shit, it’s voluntary. You have a reason.

"Prejudice At Pride" by Anonymous at Empathize This:

I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me — having been on the receiving end of hate themselves — then how will anyone else understand?

"The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a Nigger Nation" by Ezekiel Kweku at The Toast:

I know that one day I will tell my child, if I am blessed enough to have one, that the world is afraid of them, and that the police are not to be trusted. I know that one day, that child will tell her own child the same thing. And yet, I know that I still have enough hope to want to bring children into this world, broken as it is. That is something.

"The Inner Dancer" by kat9090 at This Life, Redacted:

The running, the leaning, stretching. It brings on laughing… the kind of laughing that causes exhaustion. For a little while, my girl — who has let her drive to walk wane as her body grows, seemingly giving in to that ocean between function and desire — my girl finds her inner dancer.

"Death While Homeless: Jackie, 9/16/91 – 8/8/14" by Chris Arnade at Chris Arnade Photography:

When I first met Jackie, over two years ago I asked her what her dream is. “I want to get my GED, become a nurse, and get my kids back. I just want my kids.”

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