Five Star Mixtape 391: Five Great Blog Posts and a John Berger Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by connection to the land, the need for active resistance, connection to other people, being okay with someone else's judgement, bad poetry, and the late John Berger:

I wanted to write about looking at the world, so it's more about helping people, or persuading people, to see what is around us; both the marvellous and the terrible.
— John Berger —

Happy reading!


"The Caretakers" by Antonia Malchik at True:

In that twenty years, my deepest writing became about place, and love of place, which means my deepest writing has also become about loss. We live in a world where love of land, love of place, love of home, means very little. We might value it in literature, but if a place must be sacrificed for a higher use, meaning a use that generates money, then love will not save it. That doesn’t make the love any less real.

"Fascism can't be stopped by fact-checking" by Daniel José Camacho at The Christian Century:

In light of everything that Trump has said and done, there can only be one proper response as Arendt argued in her context: “The only valid argument under such conditions is promptly to rescue the person whose death is predicted.” Neo-fascism can only be “fact-checked” by active resistance. It cannot be met halfway but must be opposed by people who are willing to take a courageous stand for an alternative political vision anchored in inclusion and justice.

"See America by rail: some lessons from 2016" by Madeline Ashby at Dangerous to those who profit from the way things are:

“In America, no one wants to kill you. They just want you to die,” is how I would answer. They want you to die of poverty, or diabetes, or cancer, or illiteracy, or a learning disability, or another kind of disability, or PTSD, or abuse, or who knows what. But if you could just get on with it, that would be great. And it would make America great.

This isn’t to say that Americans as people want you to die this way. Some of them do, probably. But not all of them. Not by a long shot. But these are the rules of the game that is being an American. The rules are not designed for you to win. If everybody won, then the winners couldn’t feel like winners, any longer.

"Pamo vs Red" by Pam Huggins at Pamo's World:

“A murderer is about to be let out on parole. I can’t let that happen.” She crossed her arms over her chest and waited.

There I was, a hapless bird, flying straight into the nose of a speeding train. I forced the pen in a series of up and down strokes. The resulting line of jagged teeth was not an actual signature.

"After Reading Fifty Poems From the Best Literary Magazines" by Timothy Green at Timothy Green:

…Most poems
are bullshit

pinned with
apocalypse

and pinafore…


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