Five Star Friday's 237th Edition Is Brought to You By Claire Messud

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a trip through depression, a nasty con game, a pretty damn good list, expanding yourself into a more beautiful life, a powerful little human, a call for a more inclusive Mother's Day, diet craziness, a happy discovery of pragmatic agnosticism, how a specific fictional character rose out of an author's experience, and

Claire Messud

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To a degree, literary taste is a subjective matter. One can admire a work of fiction without particularly enjoying it; one can dislike a novel even while appreciating its value.
     — Claire Messud

Happy Friday!

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Depression Part Two

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Allie Brosh

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Hyperbole and a Half

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At some point during this phase, I was crying on the kitchen floor for no reason. As was common practice during bouts of floor-crying, I was staring straight ahead at nothing in particular and feeling sort of weird about myself. Then, through the film of tears and nothingness, I spotted a tiny, shriveled piece of corn under the refrigerator.

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Not Just a Girl

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Jaime Moore

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Jaime Moore Photography

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My daughter wasn't born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything.

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The Dove Sketches Beauty Scam

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TheLastPsych

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The Last Psychiatrist

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Self esteem is sold to you as an inalienable right, not something to be earned; and if you don't have self-esteem it's because fake society made you feel bad about yourself. But fake society also made you feel good about yourself, it propped you up. The reason you got an A and not an R and believed it is because you actually believe you are an A kind of guy, Math, English, History, Science, PE, and Lunch notwithstanding. A, not R. But if everyone deserves it, it has no value. Which is why getting it is unsatisfying.

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An Open Letter to Pastors (A Non-Mom Speaks About Mother's Day)

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Amy Young

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The Messy Middle

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A pastor asked all mothers to stand. On my immediate right, my mother stood and on my immediate left, a dear friend stood. I, a woman in her late 30s, sat. I don't know how others saw me, but I felt dehumanized, gutted as a woman. Real women stood, empty shells sat. I do not normally feel this way. I do not like feeling this way. I want no woman to ever feel this way in church again.

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Rules for Life

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Jenny Lawson

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The Bloggess

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7. Critics aren’t automatically bullies and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you ignore all of them out of hand. That being said, it sucks to read shitty stuff about yourself so find an honest friend to read your criticism and tell you if it’s something worth listening to or if the critic is just a crazy fucking douche-canoe.

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Dieting Last Resorts

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Margaret Elysia Garcia

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Girl Body Pride

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Once we broke up, I gained again. I noticed my aunt and uncle seemed to be both super slimmed down and hyper alert. My grandmother suggested I ask them the secret of their dieting success. My uncle wouldn’t tell me but his wife, a giantess, looked me straight in the eye and said, "Drugs. Hard drugs."

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Creative Rehab: 7 Myths About Creativity

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Andréa Balt

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Rebelle Society

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You'd think it's innate — this ability to transcend the mundane and discover a second, more magnificent world within the one you've been taught to argue with. And maybe you do come with superpowers at birth but you lose them as your mind conquers your heart over time.

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I'm Coming From Where I Have Been

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Jenna Cole

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That Wife

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I realize that this will be an opportunity for some to write me off as someone who wasn’t righteous enough and gave in to the natural man. I have accepted that this may be something some people may believe about me no matter what I say in my own defense. Living authentically and openly is more important to me than avoiding any malicious or untrue statements that might be made about me because of choices made about my lifestyle.

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Why is Park Korean?

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Rainbow Rowell

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Rainbow

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I think the question is more about me than Park. It's — why did I make Park Korean? There aren't a lot of Asian boys in YA; the character calls attention to himself. Why would a white author write about an Asian guy?

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