Five Star Mixtape 376: Seven Great Blog Posts and a Walter Mosley Quote
This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by name-calling, stereotyping girls, connectedness, ownership and insiders, love, doing what you love, a world that flatters us, and Walter Mosley:
"Shoes, or What Not to Do When People Call You Names" by Nathan James at The Relative Cartographer:
…my partner asked if I’d heard what the guy said. I had. Despite the racket of the idling bus, I’d heard him clearly. He said, in an almost genial tone, “How’s it going, faggot?”
When we tell our daughters consistently that girls are jealous of them, we are perpetuating a stereotype we’ve lived for too long.
"How to Caramelize Onions" by Rowan at CrossKnit:
Start by filling the house with people.
It’s not worth it to cook caramelized onions for fewer than ten people, so you’ll need to begin by making some friends. Encourage them to bring their friends. Start a craft night on Wednesdays. Leave the door unlocked…
It’s the global political scale of this homelessness, the mobility of whole populations for whom the modern projects of both nation and property have entirely fallen apart, that presses an anxiety of ownership on the rest of us. Having a home is more than a matter of shelter, it’s the presentation of a certain kind of survivorship, assessed in cultural competence, the assertion of literacy, the visible privilege of know-how. And like home ownership, domain ownership is the practice of insiders, survivors, using the skills and languages that flex their cultural power by asking to be taken entirely for granted, not just in terms of what appears on the screen but increasingly in terms of the coding that lies beneath it.
It’s a traffic accident. It’s a fire burning out an abandoned building, with no sirens wailing. It’s a decapitation and it’s a mosquito bite.
That perfect, big love is exquisitely terrible.
I was in a comedy band for five years…
"The Consolations of a Technologically Re-enchanted World" by L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing:
Part of what makes the effort to understand technology so fascinating and challenging is that we are not, finally, trying to understand discreet artifacts or even expansive systems; what we are really trying to understand is the human condition, alternatively and sometimes simultaneously expressed, constituted, and frustrated by our use of all that we call technology.
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