(crossposted on Medium)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, in Between the World and Me, repeatedly refers to “the people who believe themselves to be white,” sometimes varying it with “the people who need to be white” or (quoting Baldwin) those who “think they are white,” as in the epigram that starts part III of his book:
“And have brought humanity to the edge of oblivion: because they think they are white.”
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“I honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate.” –Anastasia Somoza, DNC speaker, July 25, 2016… Read the rest
I taught the 15 year old how to create an invoice so I could pay her for some work she did for me. She took my invoice template and gave it a purple background, with blue Bubblegum Sans text.… Read the rest
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Last night I went to hear Kevin Kelly speak on “The Next 30 Digital Years,” a talk that was part of the Long Now Foundation’s series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking.
I admire and look up to Kelly for many things, but the talk was a disappointment.… Read the rest
Narrative specificity means avoiding generalizations and using details to make your story come to life. Leave it out, and your words will be hollow and dead, like empty snail shells strewn across the dirt.
It’s not surprising that many writers miss this point, particularly in politics and business.… Read the rest
“I have to say, I get a lot of inspiration from just going out and pretending I’ve never been to this planet before. It’s a great way to remember just how absurd, strange, beautiful, and unlikely everything is around you.”
Brendan Constantine… Read the rest
Yesterday I realized a dream I’ve had ever since I started open water swimming around 2010. I swam from Alcatraz back to San Francisco. It’s about 1.25 miles though we covered a bit more water than that due to fighting the current a little.… Read the rest
Henry Rollins: “Since an upgrade will not occur on a national level via presidential pen stroke or SCOTUS decision, you have to take it upon yourself to be an infinitely fantastic person every single day. There will be times when it will be a bitch to be so awesome, but you’ll handle it.… Read the rest
If someone wants to use “they” as a singular pronoun, they have every right to do so.
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