Thursday, July 25, 2013

Weekly Smorgasbord

Not a very big list again this week. Not sure what's up with that except that I've busy with other stuff and haven't read as much online. Anyway, here are the links:

On Not Agreeing But Loving:
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 02:04 PM PDT
"More distance is war, not peace! And so our goal should be less distance between us. Because the closer we get to each other, the easier is it to see our common humanity, and the harder it is to be afraid of each other. We fight when we are afraid. When we stop being afraid of each other, we will stop fighting. And so we have to conquer our own fear of each other – we don't have to conquer each other."

On Meaningful Toys:
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 01:59 PM PDT
"Samantha, Kirsten and the headstrong colonial character, Felicity, are no longer sold by American Girl. These characters represent more than just the original characters of an iconic brand—their archiving represents a lost sensibility about teaching girls to understand thorny historical controversies and build political consciousness...With a greater focus on appearance, increasingly mild character development, and innocuous political topics, a former character-building toy has become more like a stylish accessory." This makes me sadder than it should.

On Amazing Ingenuity:
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 12:48 PM PDT
Whoa. This is AMAZING.

On Loosing a Love:
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 08:56 PM PDT
"We dated and broke up, reconnected and flirted and separated. Our relationship was composed of letters, chance IMs, long-distance phone calls (paid for with actual phone cards), breaks from school when I'd go over to his house and watch movies in his basement and, depending on the status of our relationship at the moment, graze knees. It was all incredibly chaste and suggestive, the way relationships at that age in a very Christian town can be. When he died, we hadn't spoken in weeks, hadn't formally dated in years. But I was broken in two." Just beautiful storytelling.

On '90s Fun:
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 09:05 PM PDT


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