Five Star's 307th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to Us By R.L. Stine

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to us by the choices we make and what they mean for our lives, a near-man, saying no when Oprah wants you to work without pay, a deeply troubling Barbie book, and R.L. Stine:

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Believe it or not, my introduction to scary literature was "Pinocchio".  My mother read it to me every day before naptime when I was three or four.  The original "Pinocchio" is terrifying.
— R.L. Stine —

Happy reading, and happy Tuesday!

"The Cult of Busy" by Dina Kaplan at @ Medium:

No one says they don’t have time to meditate because they need to scroll down Facebook and Instagram to “like” various items, but that may be what’s happening.

"This Is Adolescence: 14" by Catherine Newman at Ben and Birdy:

Speaking of the night: Fourteen no longer looks like a baby while he sleeps. For years, even as his limbs stretched and dangled, his dreaming face regressed to the contours of infancy: downy cheeks, pearl of nose, the pink, pouched lips of a nursling. But now that it’s been kiln-fired, the face has taken this opportunity to chisel out its jutting new edges: brow and jaw, nose and chin. Like a Neanderthal crossed with a peach.

"An open letter to Oprah, whose ‘The Life You Want’ tour asked me to work for free" by Revolva at Revolva:

Back to that spiritual lesson you had in store for me, Oprah. Maybe it’s because my car broke down, and I’m struggling. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing this for 12 years, and after all the requests for free or discount work, the one by a billionaire’s tour was the straw that broke my back. But I thought it through, and achieving “the life you want” is not always easy.  The risks we have to take, to transform this culture into something more nurturing, involve looking at the way things are and saying, “Hey, wait. That’s not cool!”
Even if we have to say that to Oprah Winfrey.

"Barbie Fucks It Up Again" by Pamela Ribon at Pamie:

Wait, wait. I need you to know something, and this is hard for me to tell you, because I’m guessing that like Helen Jane and me, you maybe believe in the good of people. You still hope that when we turn the page, there will be something empowering for Barbie and Skipper to experience. That maybe Steven and Brian are… I don’t know, maybe they could still be girls? But, no. It’s about to get even more misogynistic up in here.

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