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Some Thoughts on Teaching
Some teachers teach from life. My piano teacher played the piano. Like, all the time. He had to; it's not easy to make a living as a musician. Between tours, his band played restaurants, bars, weddings, anywhere they could get a gig. via Pocket
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Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem - The Atlantic
The platform has cast itself as the internet’s kindest place. But users argue harassment is rampant, and employees say efforts to stem it aren’t funded well or prioritized. When Brandon Farbstein first joined Instagram in 2014, he was 14 and optimistic. via Pocket
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3 days ago
When Classical Musicians Go Digital - The New York Times
Among the exhibits on display at the Royal Academy of Music during its centenary tribute to the violinist Yehudi Menuhin is a single page of a Bach violin sonata. via Pocket
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3 days ago
The Economics of Cooperation – East Wind Community
At East Wind we reap the benefits of cooperation. Because we work together, we are able to achieve a lifestyle of leisure and comfort while spending far less money than the national average. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040 - The New York Times
Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. via Pocket
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3 days ago
John Urschel Goes Pro – Hmm Daily
John Urschel comes out of a rainy Cambridge night into the gleaming, very of-the-moment vegetarian restaurant where we’re meeting—his suggestion. He’s wearing a charcoal-gray sweater, his beard is perfectly groomed, there is not a drop of water on his glasses. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Practice Catalogue
Never have I known whether I have written a single poem, nor whether I am capable of calling myself a poet or whether I should want to be. I seem to write only when I am meant to be doing something else. Elided acting subject of “am meant,” the one who means, is: capitalism, patriarchy, power. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign
Second disclaimer: I am a political novice and don't know all the fancy things. But I do like structural thinking and have a functioning pair of eyes and ears. I spent the last year traveling and meeting many Democratic Congressional campaigns in red-leaning districts. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Nadia Eghbal | Understanding user support systems in open source
As a project matures, one of the biggest demands on a software maintainer’s time is user support: not just bug reports or feature requests, but also “How do I?”-type questions. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Lessons & cautionary tales from 130 years of membership at National Geographic — The Membership Puzzle Project
In late July 2018, National Geographic Partners, a for-profit joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the nonprofit National Geographic Society, announced the latest of several recent rounds of layoffs. via Pocket
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9 days ago
William Vollmann’s Brutal Book About Climate Change - The Atlantic
Authors like to flatter themselves by imagining for their work an “ideal reader,” a cherubic presence endowed with bottomless generosity, the sympathy of a parent, and the wisdom of, well, the authors themselves. In Carbon Ideologies, William T. via Pocket
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9 days ago
China Miéville’s new conjunction | Sentence first
One of my holiday-reading highlights was China Miéville’s dazzling dark-fantasy collection Three Moments of an Explosion (Macmillan, 2015). The story ‘The Bastard Prompt’, about imaginary illnesses materialising in reality, begins in media res and quickly flies off on a lexical tangent: via Pocket
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9 days ago
The Dangers of YouTube for Young Children - The Atlantic
The platform’s entertainment for children is weirder—and more globalized—than adults could have expected. ChuChu TV, the company responsible for some of the most widely viewed toddler content on YouTube, has a suitably cute origin story. via Pocket
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9 days ago
The Movie Assassin – Popula
In October 1996, I was 27, a freelance film reviewer at Philadelphia’s second best (of two) alt-weeklies and excited to see and review Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient. via Pocket
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17 days ago
How Mars Will Be Policed - The Atlantic
Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors. If humans ever go to Mars, the worst of our impulses will accompany us there. via Pocket
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17 days ago
How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music | Pitchfork
It happened exactly 36 seconds into the song—a glimpse of the shape of pop to come, a feel of the fabric of the future we now inhabit. The phrase “I can’t break through” turned crystalline, like the singer suddenly disappeared behind frosted glass. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Rick Owens Is Still Out There | GQ
His clothes are resolutely impractical and his life is some sort of high-wire-performance-art fantasia, but still, there’s something about Rick Owens that creates converts. Meet the most fascinating designer on the planet. The palace doors flew open. It was him. via Pocket
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18 days ago
The Rise and Demise of RSS
There are two stories here. The first is a story about a vision of the web’s future that never quite came to fruition. via Pocket
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19 days ago
21 Rhetorical Devices Explained | Mental Floss
Rhetoric is often defined as “the art of language. via Pocket
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19 days ago
Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer? – Mother Jones
I thought I’d done everything right: breastfeeding my children, a careful diet, plenty of exercise. I wasn’t overweight and didn’t have a family history. I bought BPA-free bottles for my filtered water. via Pocket
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19 days ago
Search and Replace: Josephine Miles and the Origins of Distant Reading | Modernism / Modernity Print+
From this day forward, every time you see the name Roberto Busa invoked as a—or the—founding scholar of either quantitative or computational method in the humanities, we want you to mentally search and replace with another name: Josephine Miles. via Pocket
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23 days ago
How StoryWalk Gets Kids Reading and Parents Moving - CityLab
Some libraries are getting young kids reading by taking the books outside. People know the Statue of Liberty for her towering stature. They know her for the torch she bears and for the spiked crown atop her head. But have you seen her right foot? via Pocket
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23 days ago
The Ever-Expanding World of David Mitchell | Literary Hub
David Mitchell, even to his few detractors, is impressive. Cloud Atlas impresses with the scope of its imagination and ambition. via Pocket
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23 days ago
How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China | The New Yorker
Xia Canjun was born in 1979, the youngest of seven siblings, in Cenmang, a village of a hundred or so households nestled at the foot of the Wuling Mountains, in the far west of Hunan Province. Xia’s mother was illiterate, and his father barely finished first grade. via Pocket
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