Five Star Mixtape 395: Three Great Blog Posts and a Richard B. Wright Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by good things you can do with vegetables, a lesson on gaslighting, how to go the distance, and the late Richard B. Wright:

If I can’t write poetry, at least perhaps I can try to think and feel like a poet.
— excerpt from Clara Callan, Richard B. Wright —

Happy reading!

"Food: What To Do When You Buy Fresh Things By Mistake" by Lisa McInerney at

A distinguished Ramper, who shall remain nameless to spare their blushes, was recently landed in a bit of a self-dug hole when the avocado they bought to prepare a salad with turned out, on closer inspection, to be an aubergine. Oh, the unpalatable awkwardness! A quick change of menu was the only option, but sadly, our aspiring gastronome had never cooked with an aubergine before and so was at a loss of what to create in the avocado salad’s place.

It is that culinary disaster that inspired this guide to knowing your vegetables (and vegetable-like fruits).

"A Few Notes on Gaslighting" by Tressie McMillan Cottom at tressiemc:

…the President of the United States’ surrogates held several media junkets. The point of these media events? To lie about how many people did (or, rather, did not) attend this year’s presidential inauguration. Yes, it is all very strange.

What it isn’t is new.

"How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind" by Mirah Curzer at Medium's The Coffeelicious:

Since the election, a lot of people not previously involved in activism have jumped in with both feet. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have been inundated with donations, mostly from first-time givers. A reproductive rights non-profit I work with just hosted its third 30-person meeting of prospective volunteers — before the election we had been meeting with people occasionally, one on one. The election of Donald Trump was a wake-up call for many people, and that’s just incredible. I’m so excited and inspired by this outpouring of support and enthusiasm for action. If you’re gearing up to become an activist for the next four years, I commend you and look forward to standing beside you.

But before we head out to the barricades together, there’s something you need to know.

This is not going to be an easy four years. We’re going to be subjected to constant gaslighting by the President and his administration.

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