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That is, that morning in Cambridge, I was identifying myself with the two of them, the Japanese Nisei being sent to a concentration camp and the black youth who began to be scared by having premonitions about his own identical fate. Of course, no one came to take me up by the roots. But for nearly 50 days until that morning, since my arrival in America, I had not been scared for a single moment, I had not looked at myself through the caricaturing eyes of an American, that is, through the most sharply objectifying eyes that the Japanese in America could suffer. When I was looking at TV with seminar colleagues in the common room of the dormitory, even when more or less caricaturized Japanese appeared on the screen, no one paid attention to me, and I couldn’t care less, either. In other words, for nearly 50 days, I had had the illusion of blending into American society like a colorless solvent. But my experience that morning (to be fair, it was the only experience of that kind that occurred during my four-month stay in America) gave me, at least in the world of my consciousness, an opportunity to imagine the presence of the eyes of Americans looking at me with the most sharply caricaturizing intent, an opportunity to reflect on it.


A night out with the actually perfect Renée Elise Goldsberry:

Last Monday was date night for Renée Elise Goldsberry and her husband, Alexis Johnson, a lawyer. Along for the ride were three couples, neighbors from Harlem.

“We’re friends through our kids,” said Ms. Goldsberry, 44, who plays the piercingly intelligent Angelica Schuyler in the hit Broadway musicalHamilton.” “We all have children, and tonight we all have babysitters.”


Miss Fisher as plus-size style icon:

Miss Fisher is certainly not plus-size herself, but I WANTED her style so I set out to hunt it down on the internet… with very low expectations. After all, I’ve always assumed that 1920s fashion was unattainable for the plus lady. Dear lord I was WRONG. So, so, SO wrong and happily so. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I scrolled through pages and pages of dresses, wraps, shoes, and accessories made for all sizes… including fat girls.


The big-name astronomer at UC Berkeley who’s been sexually harrassing women for years:

He’s won all sorts of awards and has risen beyond the confines of academia to become a kind of intellectual celebrity. In person, he’s described as charismatic, approachable, and “aggressively empathetic.” He’s been dubbed a “finder of new worlds” by the New York Times, a “brave thinker” by The Atlantic, and a “natural showman” by Wired. He has even appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman.

“Not only is it the case that he is very senior and very well-respected, it’s also the case that he’s a collaborator on a lot of large projects,” said Ruth Murray-Clay, a former UC Berkeley graduate student who is now an assistant professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara. As a theorist, she does not rely on his data. But many others do. “You don’t want to make an enemy with someone who has access to data you might need,” she said.


My friend Carrie’s new puppy is visiting her grandma:

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Roxane and Ashley are taking submissions for their sexual assault anthology:

Victims and survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse have been taught by this culture that whatever horror they have endured could have been worse. At least you weren’t touched. At least you weren’t raped. At least you weren’t killed. This world effectively silences those who have been violated by demanding their first reaction be gratitude for what did not happen.

Not That Bad is an opportunity for those whose voices were stolen from them, to reclaim and tell their stories. This anthology will explore what it is like to navigate rape culture as shaped by the identities we inhabit.

Contributing to this anthology is a chance to own your own narrative with all of the complexity of reality without shame or condescension. Because too many of us have lived this truth, there is no one way to tell this story.

We warmly encourage submissions from people from all walks of life and across the gender spectrum.


Super amped to work through this list of the best music documentaries:

28. Say Amen, Somebody (1982)
Gospel music has a subculture all its own, with a performing and recording circuit that largely exists outside the mainstream. George Nierenberg’s Say Amen, Somebody treats these lesser-known histories and personalities with the same seriousness with which other filmmakers have treated the stories of big-time bands or iconic music scenes. More important, Nierenberg revels in the rapturous performances of veteran singers, making it clear why this chapter in American musical history matters. Roger Ebert nailed the spirit of Say Amen, Somebody when he called it “one of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.”


Top 100 Baby Names Selected By the Registered Members of Metal Band Fan Site CattleDecapitation.net:

1. Megalodon
2. Megalodawn
3. Darth Cletus
4. Witchylde
5. Necrobert
6. Umlautumn
7. M’Alice


Hey! I’m a dude. How can I be a good ally and also what is rape culture.


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