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The 336th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Paula Hawkins

The 336th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Paula Hawkins

This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by the chasing of a dream, a hankering for fast feet, a childhood awakening, beauty in one's joy, a thoughtful approach to information gathering and learning, and Paula Hawkins:

The Girl On the Train
The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.
— Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Happy reading!


"Stalking Murakami" by Anisse Gross at Design*Sponge:

[The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle] made me want to be a writer simply because I wanted to carry that feeling of recognition over, to help others feel known, especially isolated girls like myself, sitting in homes where no one knew them. I hadn’t always wanted to be a writer, but suddenly it seemed possible. My dreams of tying bricks to my feet and slipping into a pool were replaced by applications to graduate school for creative writing.

"Dreams of Running" by Cenobyte at Centre of the Universe:

I used to run. I ran the 3k at school. Dad would take me to the field house when we went to Saskatoon, and we would run the track for an hour and then at the end he’d challenge me to a race. He always beat me. Then my legs started to hurt.

"Reflections on a Queer Childhood: The Dukes of Hazzard" by Roger Rosen at VillageQ:

I somehow knew that there would be no familial celebration at my budding sexuality. For one thing, the Duke boys weren’t Jewish.

"Beauty In Failure" by Wendy Robinson at Mamalode:

…when I catch a glimpse of myself on the mirrored wall in the ballet studio, toes turned out, arms in a half-circle about my head, I think yes, I can be be beautiful here too.

"The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral" by Mike Caulfield at Hapgood:

So what’s the big picture here? Why am I so obsessed with the integrative garden over the personal and self-assertive stream? Blogs killed hypertext — but who cares, Mike?

I think we’ve been stuck in some unuseful binaries over the past years. Or perhaps binaries that have outlived their use.

So what I’m asking you all to do is put aside your favorite binaries for a moment and try out the garden vs. the stream. All binaries are fictions of course, but I think you’ll find the garden vs. the stream is a particularly useful fiction for our present moment.


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