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The Shape of Emptiness | Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction
I see him settled into his accustomed seat, his wire-rimmed glasses nestled securely on his nose, his khaki shirt buttoned, his feet encased in battered running shoes. I catch his eye, and we nod to one another, understanding. He needs to be here. The students flanking him know he needs to be here. A bright thread of tenderness coils around us.
essays  writing  grief  beautiful 
3 days ago by laurenipsum
Balkinization: The Pluralist Model of Speech Regulation: Free Speech in the Algorithmic Society
buzzwordy and probably too simplistic & optimistic, but maybe I'll read this later as food for thought
free-speech  essays 
3 days ago by absfac
It's good to have lots of bad ideas :: Nature (Aug 2017)
Pauling-Kirwan principle: less than 25% of ideas and work produce publishable results
Science  essays 
6 days ago by chigle
R Soc - Jisc Futures: what will research look like in 2035? :: Times Higher Education (Sept 2017)
- distributed research (open data accessed and analysed by self-employed experts & consultants)
- emergence of data-managers as full-time jobs
- extension of university promotion criteria to collaboration scope, team leadership, budget management, and other citizenship aspects, in addition to publication and grant success
- local business and charity-led research questions and crowd-funding
Science  UK  essays 
6 days ago by chigle
Annie Dillard's Classic Essay 'Total Eclipse' - The Atlantic
On seeing a total eclipse, but [more importantly] on the terror of the uncanny. "I turned back to the sun. It was going. The sun was going, and the world was wrong. The grasses were wrong; they were platinum. Their every detail of stem, head, and blade shone lightless and artificially distinct as an art photographer’s platinum print. This color has never been seen on Earth. The hues were metallic; their finish was matte. The hillside was a 19th-century tinted photograph from which the tints had faded. All the people you see in the photograph, distinct and detailed as their faces look, are now dead. "
fear  nature  death  essays 
8 days ago by jbushnell
Omar Ismail's answer to I am white. That's all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? - Quora
Really succinct explanation/analogy for white privilege. Maybe good for people who claim it doesn't exist. Many other answers in the same thread (see link at bottom) also great.
sjw  essays 
11 days ago by bitprophet
This Is What Happens to Ambition in Your 30s
he female dissatisfaction chronicled by Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique was prompted by a widespread awakening to the bullshit promises of domestic happiness, manufactured by culture to make female containment look good. Now another bullshit promise has taken its place, and another generation is waking up. The men in charge are still in charge. It is impossible for women to continue to have faith in a vision of their own empowerment, when that empowerment is, in fact, a pose. It is not true that a gleaming kitchen floor is the key to female satisfaction. And “Bow down, bitches” is a lie.
women  essays 
12 days ago by cipherpolice
Building a Growth Framework Towards a $100 Million Product — Brian Balfour's Coelevate
This post is the HubSpot Sales case study that illustrates the concepts of the 4-Fits Framework, a 5 post series in which I explain the four frameworks you need to align to grow to a $100M+ company. Subscribe to receive the rest of the series.
growth  essays  -  brian  bal  ifttt 
13 days ago by parkergrimes
Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic
With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them
politics  race  essays 
13 days ago by cipherpolice

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