10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 28 March – 10 April 2015
I skipped a week while I was galavanting around Saskatchewan and Alberta over spring break, so this one's got 10 things I liked over the last two weeks. I know. Stop the presses.
Be Scofield and Tikkun's "5 Things Atheists Have Wrong About Religion" at Alternet clears a few things up. I count myself in as an atheist, but I'm often quiet about it, because so many vocal atheists behave like intolerant blowhards with no sense of magic, and I don't want to be thrown in with that lot. Now that I've written that last sentence, though, I realize that I'm contributing to this stereotype by staying silent, so here's to speaking up.
"Writing Tips from Roxane Gay" at Storify will help you figure out why your essays are being rejected by editors.
Patti Smith's 1975 album Horses is still damn great:
James Krupa's "Defending Darwin" at Orion Magazine:
I’m often asked what I do for a living. My answer, that I am a professor at the University of Kentucky, inevitably prompts a second question: “What do you teach?” Responding to such a question should be easy and invite polite conversation, but I usually brace for a negative reaction. At least half the time the person flinches with disapproval when I answer “evolution,” and often the conversation simply terminates once the “e-word” has been spoken. Occasionally, someone will retort: “But there is no evidence for evolution.” Or insist: “It’s just a theory, so why teach it?”
At this point I should walk away, but the educator in me can’t.
Cheryl Strayed's "The Love of My Life" in The Sun Magazine is still great 13 years later:
The first time I cheated on my husband, my mother had been dead for exactly one week. I was in a cafe in Minneapolis watching a man. He watched me back. He was slightly pudgy, with jet-black hair and skin so white it looked as if he’d powdered it. He stood and walked to my table and sat down without asking. He wanted to know if I had a cat. I folded my hands on the table, steadying myself; I was shaking, nervous at what I would do. I was raw, fragile, vicious with grief. I would do anything.
I want to be these babies on demand, like going on a holiday:
Rick Rosner's "The Big Bang Goes Down" at Boing Boing:
The theory which replaces the Big Bang will treat the universe as an information processor. The universe is made of information and uses that information to define itself. Quantum mechanics and relativity pertain to the interactions of information, and the theory which finally unifies them will be information-based.
Michael Stewart's "The media's responses to Jian Ghomeshi and John Furlong exposés are extraordinary" at rabble.ca:
What, then, if the reporter who exposed Ghomeshi's serial abuses had been a woman? Or his victims Aboriginal? With the unreported, unprosecuted and uninvestigated Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic currently facing Canada, I suppose we already know the answer, don't we?
Last night, John Furlong [accused of abusing 45 Aboriginal people] spoke at the BC Maritime Employers' Association 50th Anniversary Gala. Furlong can command as much as $25,000 for a speaking gig. He sits on the board for a junior gold mining corporation and is the chair of the Rocky Mountaineer's board of directors. He is the Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club.