What I've Been Reading - October 20, 2019

I'm sitting here watching Booksmart and remembering what it was like to be a completely nerdy girl in high school. And I'm sure absolutely zero people are surprised that I was a complete nerd in high school because I am now, at 40 years of age, a completely nerdy woman sitting on her couch writing blog posts about the articles she's read. And I'm totally OK with that. Because I read some interesting shit this week.



"This goes on all your creative life: always showing new work, always being compared to others." What's the answer? "It's simple. Stay on the bus. Stay on the fucking bus."

This column will change your life: Helsinki Bus Station Theory


... the way in which we’ve come to think of identity—along the lines of divisions of class, race and nation—are based on a whole series of fictions and myths that don’t actually map onto reality, in terms of how lives are led. But they are passionately held, which is why unmasking the lies and their affective grip is so important.

Global Cultural Understanding | Five Books Expert Recommendations


Carrying luggage on a plane is a massive pain in the ass. It is an unruly practice. You have to drag the suitcase through the airport. It has to come into the bathroom stall with you. It has to come into the airport bar with you and you have to stay just sober enough to remember you have the suitcase with you. If you accidentally leave the bag somewhere, people panic and bomb squads are called. This is all before you even get on the plane.

The Case for Checking a Bag


In these times, I think we need to realize that hope is participatory. Hope takes action. Because in these times, it’s absolutely true that we have many, many challenges in front of us. And it’s easy to look at those challenges, and to feel overwhelmed. To feel despair.”

The World-Wide Work. — ethanmarcotte.com