the strongest links (november 21)


Podcasts So Good You Want to Binge Listen from The Atlantic. I have never yet wanted to listen to even one entire podcast, but this makes me want to try again.

No One Wanted to Talk about Bill Cosby’s Alleged Crimes Because He Made White America Feel Good About Race” from The New Republic. I’ve really struggled this week to reconcile my affection for Dr. Huxtable with the increasing allegations against Bill Cosby. As this piece puts it, the idea “made our heads pop off. It….made us question every single good, reassuring, optimistic thing that Bill Cosby ever made us think about ourselves and our country.” But this article also talks about how we not only don’t want to think the worst of this national father figure, but as whites we may also not want to think about how our love of The Cosby Show was “a cultural refusal to deal with class inequalities and the racial character of those inequalities.” Hey, I said they were strong links, not happy ones. (Also this one has a swear word in it. You can handle it.)

Dancing at the Movies on YouTube. I think the reason it took me two full years to declare a college major, and the reason I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, is because the only thing I ever really wanted to do was be a dancer. For serious. Alas, at age 38 and 5’2″ and without a single dance lesson in my life, this seems increasingly unlikely. I’ll just have to live vicariously through videos like this.

A Simple Question that Will Keep You Inspired from accidentalcreative.com. Okay, I’m asking you: what’s inspiring you right now? Really–tell me in the comments.

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