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The 357th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Imre Kertész

The 357th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Imre Kertész

This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by reconciling one's expectations with one's age, the feeling of disability, living in a fat body, the problem of likability, a cool collision of tech and novels, and Imre Kertész:

by Csaba Segesvári [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Csaba Segesvári [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If there is such a thing as freedom, then there is no fate.
— Imre Kertész —

Happy reading!


"How do you start to live your life at (nearly) 40?" by Navneet Alang at Medium:

It is a strange thing, though, to start thinking about what you actually want from life at an age when, inevitably, it dawns on you it has an end, too. Though I lived for far too long in an extended adolescence, with it came the persistently hopeful idea that it wasn’t too late to change. Now, the time I have left to become the kind of person I want to be is, in a way that feels strangely sudden, running out.

"More Than Enough: On Swimming, Walking, and Forgotten Sensations" by Kayla Whaley at The Toast:

I don’t remember the day I stopped walking, but I do remember the moment I realized that day was coming. Nothing specific happened to alert me. I didn’t fall — though I’d done plenty of that before — or feel weak, tired, or sore. I was standing in the bathroom, brushing my teeth, when not for much longer flitted through my head.

"On your concern for your fat friend’s health" by Your Fat Friend at Medium:

For her, that stranger was a grim and gruesome anomaly. But for me, he was more rule than exception. His remark, while sensational, was a familiar interruption, an abrupt reminder of just how insurmountable my fat body was for those around me. Family, friends, classmates and colleagues had long since cast me as a specter, frequently reminding me of my death, always couched in concern.

"I too am done with being likable" by Chelsea Levinson at Cute Girl with a Banjo:

I didn’t want to be alone at the top of the class. I wanted to make myself easy to digest. And so began my long descent into mediocrity.

"Punctuation in novels" by Adam J. Calhoun at Medium:

Writing can be beautiful because of the words an author chooses to use: but it can also be beautiful because of the choice of punctuation.

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