10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 13–19 June 2015
The best thing I've read in months? Rembert Browne's "Going Way Too Deep Down the Rabbit Hole With Nicki Minaj’s Recent Bar Mitzvah Appearance" at Grantland:
When you’re this age , and a boy, you have no idea what to do. In any situation. At any given moment, you could curse or cry. It’s a wild time to be alive. Your body is constantly betraying you, causing your mind to do backflips — typically as a failed attempt in calming yourself down — further causing your body to betray you.
This picture is all about dreams coming true, excitement, and then panic.
Poet Philip Larkin's "Faith Healing" is incredible. If you don't read it while standing up so it can roll out of your mouth a few times, your life will be lesser.
Read through the #TrueBlackTales hashtag stream on Twitter.
Jeff Turrentine's "Climate Deniers Are Coming for Your Children" at Pacific Standard:
Defending the integrity of science from powerful people is what got Galileo imprisoned. And yet, 400 years later, here we are: watching a public official tasked with guiding the educational trajectories of his community’s children rail against the accepted science on climate change—because its conclusions threaten to undermine the local political culture.
Rob Kuznia's "Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’" at The Washington Post, because apparently money makes people think they deserve swimming pools when other fellow human beings' wells have gone dry:
Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.
People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
I bet you didn't know you would enjoy a video about systemic infection this much:
Heather Havrilesky's "How to Write" at The Awl:
Now, I’m not going to lie. It’s annoying, to have to take time out of my incredibly busy writing schedule in order to spell it all out for young people, just because they spend most of their daylight hours being urged by hoary old theorists in threadbare sweaters to write experimental fiction that will never sell. But I care deeply about the young—all of them, the world’s young—so of course I am humbled and honored to share the trade secrets embedded in my rigorous daily work schedule.
Jeff John Roberts' "Who owns your face? Weak laws give power to Facebook" at Fortune:
For now, Facebook is unlikely to change course in the absence of laws that require it to do so. As such, this could be the month where millions of people learn to trade control of their face for an internet sharing feature.