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How to Blog Your Way around the World: A Conversation with Shivya Nath
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List-Making Love: A Conversation with Things We Like Creator Jessica Gross
“They’ve made a robot that moves like a dog, and another that can run sort of like a cat.
But they haven’t built one like Simone Biles.”
“And there is that soft spot where poetry likes to ‘poke’ you. . . . If you try logically to deduce a poem, it will take you nowhere; if you search for shortcuts, you will be lost; if you need answers, probably you will be disappointed.”
With striking images from a recent demonstration in Cologne, Germany, photojournalist Benas Gerdziunas offers a glimpse into the dynamic — and politically divided — Turkish diaspora in Germany.
“As an alternate you’re like a maybe. You’re not going to be part of it but you are. You’re there with the team but not really part of the team. It’s such a weird thing.”
Lulu has a lifetime’s worth of stories, and she’s pouring them out here. Find longform personal essays on everything from cancer to writing to fashion — and beyond.
“Why do we moralize so much about foods and our relationships to them?” At Fit is a Feminist Issue, a philosopher argues against the connection we make between eating choices and morality.
“What we do with our bodies manifests and expresses inner states, the sacred ground of our being. But bodily practices can also induce inner states. How we move, how we sit, how we breathe, can all make a difference in our spiritual life.”
The ultimate gymnastics site for the ultimate gymnastics nerd, featuring interviews, features, histories, and opinion pieces.
“A relationship of a paper receptacle
With its four corners, glued folds
A flap that awaits closure
With many words waiting to be
A poem by Elan Mudrow.
Chris Nicholas is a popular blogger and fiction author based in Brisbane, Australia. At The Renegade Press, he publishes posts and longer essays on the joys and struggles of writing and blogging.
“If you think we’re putting academic work on social media to please our university or to appear enthusiastic, then you need to pull your head out of a cave.” Terry McGlynn responds to a “serious academic” who says academics shouldn’t share their work on social media.
An online journal on religion and politics, Approaching Justice brings together writers and thinkers who try to make sense of modern American life through the lens of faith and ethics.
“If you accept the premise of the C-CW—that student loan debt will only become a crisis if it increases individual costs beyond the returns to a college degree—you’ve already given up on public higher education.”
Kate Davies, based in the Scottish Highlands, is a designer, knitter, yarn-maker, historian, and avid walker. On her site she writes about her wide-ranging interests, and shares tutorials and patterns for avid knitters.
Sometimes, when Jessica Gross is in a funk, she makes a list of things she likes to cheer herself up. Last year, she began wondering what other people might put on their own lists and started a site, Things We Like, to document their answers. The site was a hit, and a branch of the New York Public Library is displaying some of her lists this month.
Jessica was kind enough to meet up with me on a recent afternoon to talk about the power of list-making, what makes a list extra special, and how she got her exhibit up and running.
What was the genesis of Things We Like?
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Colorful, impressionistic paintings of jazz musicians, from artist and writer Nan Lehnert. In this painting: jazz legend Cole Porter, composer of the classic “Night and Day.”
“It’s one thing to cover a field by writing about new papers in a piecemeal way, and another to spend over a year truly understanding it.” Matt Shipman interviews science writer Ed Yong on writing and microbial life.
The sweet story of how Charlotte’s Web and spiders in the washing machine helped one mom talk with her 7-year-old about death, loss, and making the most of the time we have.
How do you get the best shots in popular destinations like Cambodia’s Angkor Wat? Experienced travel photographer Ronald Nelson shares some helpful tips.
Remind yourself that a five year old is sixty months on this planet. Less than 2,000 days old. They’re still brand new people! No one has the right to whisper anything about college or careers to a child determined to conquer the monkey bars.
ILY is a web magazine that explores the broad theme of love from multiple angles and through a wide range of genres, like essays, poetry, and interviews.