July 18, 2016

reader, i hope he married it.

Tumblr user wintersoldierfell has a whale of a time reviewing Moby Dick.
posted by divabat at 9:48 PM PST - 100 comments

The truth is...

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that embarked on a world tour at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland in 2011. Stemming from an earlier Cause Collective project, The Truth is I am You, The Truth Booth is currently on a 50 state tour in the US. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Milk's in bag, bag's in jug

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ recently caused a small kerfuffle on Canadian Twitter when, during an interview, he said, "You guys sell milk in bags and I don’t really get why, or what you do then with the bags." This isn't the only time bagged milk has been a source of confusion and controversy - the dairy producer Saputo recently apologized to customers for reducing the amount of milk sold in their bags. So what's the deal with milk bags anyway? [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:49 PM PST - 145 comments

Crampton

In 1998, cult horror author Thomas Ligotti and coworker Brandon Trenz wrote a script for an episode of The X-Files which draws more on Ligotti's style and sentiment than on Kolchalk and flying saucers. The episode, "Crampton", was never produced, but the text is online.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:53 PM PST - 26 comments

I come from ordinary people

Pakistan has recently said farewell to a man some saw as a saint and everyone saw as a hero.
Abdul Sattar Edhi´s was a life bigger than accolades.
The Edhi Foundation is the country's largest welfare organisation - it runs schools, hospitals and ambulance services across the country, often plugging gaps in services which the state simply fails to provide.
Peter Oborne: - The Day I met Sattar Edhi.
posted by adamvasco at 4:00 PM PST - 18 comments

"They’re not used to seeing women doing street work like journalism"

Zaina Erhaim (Twitter) is an award-winning journalist and project coordinator with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting based in Aleppo, Syria. She is training citizen journalists in the area, a third of whom are women. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 3:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Little kid watches long baseball game

Young Bucs fan in it to win it (SLMLB)
posted by clorox at 3:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Barclay Under Pressure

In the almost too perfect Star Trek universe, Lt. Reginald "Reg" Barclay started out as a insecure and neurotic comic relief but became one of its most lovable and relatable characters. Here's a surprisingly sweet tribute to Reg.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:16 PM PST - 40 comments

"...when all of the subway cars are connected, every car is a poop car."

Renderings: A Closer Look At The [NYC] MTA's Upcoming Open Ended Subway Cars [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:26 PM PST - 129 comments

Cleveland: You gotta be Hough

While all eyes are on Cleveland, the RNC convention coincides with the anniversary of a significant chapter in the city’s history. Today, July 18th 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the Hough Riots. Last week WCPN, Cleveland’s NPR station ran a series of stories about the riots, their antecedents, the aftermath, and developments in the five decades since. [more inside]
posted by Herodios at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Clap Clap

seems like folks like us be best
when we broken open
when we melted down
when we easier to digest

On June 26, 2016, author Jason Reynolds accepted two Coretta Scott King author honors for his YA novels All American Boys (co-authored with Brendan Kiely) and The Boy in the Black Suit. For his second acceptance speech, he delivered a call to action poem: Machetes (full text of poem at link). Video. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

“I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon.”

"The most amazing gift about Matt's physical appearance is that he can walk into the hair-and-makeup trailer looking like someone who slept directly on his face for seven hours and emerge a bona fide movie star. He has a great makeup artist." GQ rounds up friends and co-workers for an oral history of the most likable man in Hollywood, Matt Damon.
posted by The Whelk at 12:07 PM PST - 37 comments

Mellorine is an ice cream substitute that I'd never heard of until today

Ice Cream or Not Ice Cream? — get your terminology straight before you order that heat-relieving treat. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:49 AM PST - 47 comments

 What do people do when they can’t afford end-of-life care?

 The Devastating Process of Dying in America Without Insurance [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 11:34 AM PST - 47 comments

If your heart is not on my side, then you're not on my side anymore

The return of Belly. (sltheGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 11:20 AM PST - 29 comments

Can I trust you?

Stealing Hope: A longread series from the Charleston Post & Courier on a group of "emotional scammers" preying on increasingly desperate adoptive parents. (Design Warning: All Links Contain Autoplaying Animations)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

"Oh, blood-red eyes and tentacles! / Throbbing, pulsing ventricles!"

Why Calvin and Hobbes is Great Literature: On the ontology of a stuffed tiger and finding the whole world in a comic
posted by holmesian at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

DC's

On June 27 Google disabled Dennis Cooper's long-running blog and the associated Gmail account. The Blogger site, which Cooper has been frequently updating since 2002, was a gathering space for fans of experimental literature. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 9:23 AM PST - 110 comments

THR Emmy Roundtable Discussions

The Hollywood Reporter has, once again, released excellent roundtable discussions with notable television actors: Comedy Actor Roundtable (Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansar, Jeffrey Tambour, Tony Hale, Anthony Anderson, Keegan-Michael Key, Jerrod Carmichael) [1h7m], Comday Actress Roundtable (Allison Janney, Lily Tomlin, Gina Rodriguez, Rachel Bloom, Niece Nash, Ilana Glazer) [52m], Drama Actor Roundtable (Cuba Goodling Jr., Rami Malek, Paul Giamatti, Forest Whitaker, Wanger Moura, Bobbay Cannavale) [55m], Drama Actress Roundtable (Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Marguiles, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Regina King, Constance Zimmer) [lh13m]
posted by hippybear at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

The RNC.

How Donald Trump Won: "The specific tactical modalities that took Trump from "well-known celebrity who polled well among Republicans" to "guy who beat a dozen established politicians and became the nominee" are worth recounting on their own terms. It’s a story of strong, innovative behavior on Trump’s part. But it's also a story of massive blundering on the part of the Republican establishment." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:32 AM PST - 1975 comments

“Is she going to survive?” “Unfortunately, yes.”

In the past five years, the Syrian government has assassinated, bombed, and tortured to death almost seven hundred medical personnel, according to Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that documents attacks on medical care in war zones. (Non-state actors, including isis, have killed twenty-seven.) Recent headlines announced the death of death of the last pediatrician in Aleppo, the last cardiologist in Hama. A United Nations commission concluded that “government forces deliberately target medical personnel to gain military advantage,” denying treatment to wounded fighters and civilians “as a matter of policy.”
THE SHADOW DOCTORS: The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:23 AM PST - 17 comments

SoftBank grabs ARM

ARM Holdings, the British microprocessor design company whose designs are in almost all mobile devices, is being acquired by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for £24.3bn. [more inside]
posted by acb at 6:20 AM PST - 59 comments

She's been working on the railroad

World War II Railroad Women In April 1943, Office of War Information photographer Jack Delano photographed the women of the Chicago & North Western Railroad roundhouse in Clinton, Iowa.
posted by pjern at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Southern Fail

Southern Rail is the rail franchise providing overland rail service through much of South East England, including important long distance routes between London and Brighton, and South London metro services. It has gone downhill. [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 2:23 AM PST - 55 comments

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