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Accurate summation of late 80s/early 90s teen reading experience. Though for me, trapped in the 'burbs, nowhere to go, the books became my world. A Read of One’s Own believermag.com/logger/a-read-… via @believermag
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"I see rehearsal space, rehearsal tapes, dressing rooms, cooking sessions, woodsheds, after-hours performances, and backstage as Black sacred spaces, places where we are most like ourselves...." @Harmony_Holiday @believermag believermag.com/last-black-sta… #longreads
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"For as long as there has been an English language, there have been people complaining about it." —@PaulCollinsPDX on picketing the Scripps National Spelling Bee. believermag.com/buzzkill/
Wittgenstein's teaching methods are put to the test. believermag.com/ryan-ruby-chil…
"I’ve just spent an hour tweaking the angle of an artificial sun." —@WinWinIrwin on Nintendo's Game Builder Garage. believermag.com/logger/how-to-…
Valer Popa investigates the mystery of a Romanian outlaw and his preserved penis. believermag.com/logger/swamp-m…
For @believermag I wrote about Game Builder Garage & Dreams but also freedom and limitations and regret and Charles Mingus and the supernatural complexity of everything around us. believermag.com/logger/how-to-…
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"The gap between the two—between survival and horror—isn’t as large as it seems, though. If survival games are prelapsarian, then horror games are post-. The middle, between the before and the after, is where we find ourselves suspended." —@bijanstephen believermag.com/side-quest-2/
"The digital shopping cart is a palliative—an avatar of my improved future self, the data-spirit of that future self made tantalizingly present in that clicking—add add add: continuity of self-resemblance and its commensurate dollar value." believermag.com/logger/my-life…
"For children of immigrants, daughters in particular, there is something about the relationship with our mothers that feels especially difficult to confront, and perhaps can only be addressed indirectly." —@whoismims believermag.com/logger/the-fig…
.@WinWinIrwin on programming limits, escapism, and the value of learning via imitation. believermag.com/logger/how-to-…
"[LIBERTIE] elevates the story of a woman who wants to be remarkable on her own terms, who first struggles, and then revels, in the specificity of her highly individual Black self, and a kind of validity that’s derived from her own rubric." —@nielaorr believermag.com/logger/one-lif…
For @believermag, I wrote a long review about Kaitlyn Greenidge's LIBERTIE; Toni Morrison's creative interest in the past, where things are "buried, discredited, or never looked at;" legendary soap actress Ellen Holly; and the character actors of history. believermag.com/logger/one-lif…
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"It is the memory of those days, those books, that feeling of ownership, possibility, and the good-fix feeling that the serial provided, that in many ways inspired me and gave me the space to become the writer that I am today." believermag.com/logger/a-read-…
.@beedennison considers the art of the documentary. Her case study: Edgar Wright's THE SPARKS BROTHERS (2021). believermag.com/logger/sparks-…
"I realized that this part of me had been there all along—that dysphoria is a fear that the world won't accept me the way I am. And that this was a choice I had been waiting to make for a very long time." A comic from B Hayward on transitioning. believermag.com/taking-shape/
"Greenidge’s novel quietly and insistently critiques any notion of striving that comes at the stake of authentic personal inquiry, and which disempowers or marginalizes Black women." —@nielaorr on LIBERTIE, by Kaitlyn Greenidge (@surlybassey). believermag.com/logger/one-lif…
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"Tropes and euphemisms abound for describing the old-woman artist. One of them has to do with time, specifically the idea that she went un- or underrecognized for so long because she was somehow out of sync with her moment." Old Women believermag.com/old-women/ via @believermag
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.@nielaorr on @surlybassey's LIBERTIE, Ellen Holly, and the character actors of history. believermag.com/logger/one-lif…
"Science fiction stories offer a way to make you genuinely invested in the outcome of a thought experiment." believermag.com/an-interview-w…
Nikki Darling on her favorite YA serials of the 1980s and 90s. believermag.com/logger/a-read-…
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"A person is not just one text but rather an infinite series of texts, none of which could be considered the original; a book is, in the best of cases, the text that a person once was or wanted to be..." believermag.com/translating-a-…
.@andrewdurb1n follows a fox through the empty streets of London. believermag.com/logger/this-is…
"Progress sometimes requires more focus, more attention, more urgency, then it goes quiet. We had the movements of the 1960s and 1970s; the 1980s were quieter. . . . Sometimes progress looks like little lines of explosion." —@dawniewalton believermag.com/logger/an-inte…
"God, if you’re real, and if you’re listening, I’d like to just relax and hang out and drink tequila and maybe smoke cigarettes and not feel guilty about that because I will be dead." —Mik Grantham's ideal afterlife. believermag.com/logger/intervi…
.@KelceyErvick on Pearl Jam, friendship, and finding yourself again. believermag.com/my-god-its-bee…
"Setting aside an afternoon to read is a fundamental experience of getting older. It’s a marker of a different kind of youth. To lose it, or to not participate in it while able is to lose something that you can never get back..." believermag.com/logger/a-read-…
In need of a laugh? @Bud_Smith's interview with Mik Grantham will do you good. believermag.com/logger/intervi…
"Could Sparks have been more popular? Sure. They could have had a #1 single on every album, they could have gone platinum, they could have been miserable. As Ron himself says, 'who wants to be really popular?'" —@beedennison believermag.com/logger/sparks-…
"I’ve reframed my idea around productivity by asking who my productivity benefits and what is the value that I’m getting from it, and does this contribute to my survival and the survival of people I care about?" —@NifMuhammad believermag.com/logger/black-t…
THE SPARKS BROTHERS (2021): Edgar Wright's documentary for fans, by fans—but what about everyone else? A review by @beedennison. believermag.com/logger/sparks-…
Nikki Darling on how The Baby-Sitters Club gave preteens the space to lose (and find) themselves in books. believermag.com/logger/a-read-…
"The whole thing of working in all these different mediums, it’s just so that I can always be playing hooky from one of them." —@Miranda_July believermag.com/an-interview-w…
"Wherever Opal goes, she brings people with her." —@dawniewalton on THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV believermag.com/logger/an-inte…
🥖🥖🥖 "The Baker"—or, Baking Bread: a Comic in Nine Parts by Joseph Dottino �believermag.com/the-baker/RC4haC
"Fuck subtext. It’s all surface. And that is the pleasure." —@amy_benfer on the appeal of Sweet Valley High. believermag.com/the-training-b…
"Isn’t loving people and letting people love you the most hardcore thing you can do in life?" —Mik Grantham on her poetry collection, HARDCORE. Interview by @Bud_Smith. believermag.com/logger/intervi…
"THE SPARKS BROTHERS is ultimately not really about the Sparks brothers but about being a fan of the Sparks brothers. It’s about being in on the joke." —@beedennison believermag.com/logger/sparks-…
And finally, @chrisyingz's visual catalog of casino carpets! believermag.com/las-vegas-carp…
Oh wow, this is cool! I'm a finalist for a National Magazine Award for best digital illustration! Thank you art director @KristenRadtke and @believermag as well as @ASME1963 ! twitter.com/ASME1963/statu…
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In her review of Twin Peaks: The Return, @nielaorr considers Vegas as a town that is both uniquely itself and also universally echoed in every American city. believermag.com/logger/call-fo…
So proud + thrilled that @JarettSitter is a finalist for a National Magazine Award in best digital illustration! I LOVED working with him and on this series for @believermag: believermag.com/essays-on-life… twitter.com/ASME1963/statu…
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The illustrations in this collection are by @JarettSitter. Check out more of their work here: jaretts.com twitter.com/believermag/st…
🥳🥳🥳Thanks so muc@ASME1963963! Check out our series "Escapes and Trapdoors"—a finalist in Best Digital Illustration for this year's ASME Photography and Illustration Awardbelievermag.com/essays-on-life…otwitter.com/ASME1963/statu…Y3U
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