10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 6–12 February 2016

  1. Believe it or not, Reddit can be cute. Aw.
  2. The CDC's alcohol guidelines aimed at women were pretty paternalistic and condescending, so I love that someone updated them for men
  3. If you thought certain players in Silicon Valley might be out of touch, the answer is yes.
  4. Twitter has announced a new plan to curb harassment, and I'm hopeful despite their terrible track record.
  5. A negotiation tactic called indaba managed to bring 195 countries to consensus, so let's hope it spreads.
  6. Calgary's mayor Naheed Nenshi has issued a poetry challenge to other mayors across Canada to start a council meeting in March or April with a reading from a local poet. This poet approves!
  7. Even well-intentioned people end up whitesplaining racism in ways they don't meant to. Here's how to avoid being condescending and show more compassion.
  8. Toronto Cat Rescue's "Get Your F*cking Cat Fixed" t-shirt kills me. You can buy one here.
  9. Facebook, exercising its high creep factor, is testing a feature that scans its app's users' recent photos to find ones that look like their friends, which is why I will continue not downloading their mobile app ever.
  10. I've been listening to Nas' album Illmatic on repeat all week. Can you believe it is 22 years old?

42/365: A Tidy Switch

Work smart,
work fast,
work strong:
the advice points to a state,
that, by default, it claims is possible,
but only by implication,
perhaps an asterisk and a tiny disclaimer,
desire for truth,
a tidy switch.

The possibility is an ideal,
a dream object without authentic form —
I can see that —
and yet, still,
I lie here
at the bottom of my dry well
as though I'll never find my way out
if I don't believe in a tidy switch.

I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.


Elan Morgan

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The 350th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Roberto Bolaño

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by southern blackness, the healing of old hurts, seeing yourself reflected in the world, the importance of working on online harrassment, disability and sexuality, and Roberto Bolaño:

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

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

But every single damn thing matters! Only we don't realize. We just tell ourselves that art runs on one track and life, our lives, on another, and we don't realize that's a lie.
— Roberto Bolaño —

Happy reading!

"We Slay, Part I" by Zandria at New South Negress:

Beyoncé don’t give no fucks about your Saturday afternoon. Which is to say–as Big Freedia’s voice says in Beyoncé’s new song, “Formation“–“[She] did not come to play with you hoes. [She] came to slay, bitch.”

And slay she did in her usual fashion, but with the volume on the South ratcheted up to the lower frequencies.

"An amazing thing I didn't know I needed" by Alice Bradley at Finslippy:

Mostly, though, I figured no one involved would comment much on it. Events [in high school] that seemed huge to me truly might not have registered for them. 

A few days after publishing, I received two Facebook messages. Both of my high school friends sent me the most extraordinary apologies. They were apologies I had no idea I needed until I read them.

"A Radical Kiss" by Dave Hingsburger at Rolling Around In My Head:

…before I knew it the next 'kiss' ad was playing.

I was thunderstruck.

This kiss was radical.

"Against 'Don't Read the Comments'" by Anil Dash at Medium:

Here’s a spoiler: Preventing abuse online requires the people running a site or an app to invest time, effort and attention into protecting their community. That’s the bottom line.

"'I Sit on Her Face All Day': A Conversation on Sex and Wheelchairs" by Tovah Leibowitz at Autostraddle:

What follows, then, is a conversation meant to move beyond the erosive architecture of “do they/don’t they”; a conversation bigger than the over-rehearsed scripts about disability and sexuality that lead to predictable, shallow conclusions about oppression and embodiment. Conclusions that measure the worth of disabled people by their capacity to reinstate norms from the periphery rather than provide alternative knowledge from the center.

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