The Week: August 2, 2013

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Aug 2, 2013

Journal of a cold, Day 8: 

I am still sick. The illness that has taken root in my sinuses shows no sign of dissipating. The deluge from my nostrils continues. Yesterday, I ventured out, for the first time in many days. I squinted painfully at the sunlight above. I am greatly changed, I know.

I let out a hacking cough, and watched as passers-by crossed the street to avoid me. 

“Soon, you will be like me,” I rasped. They didn’t hear me, or pretended not to. 

I am destined to be alone, except for this cold. It is my sole companion, and will never leave me.

Blerg. While I go drink some tea, you enjoy these links.


The title of this Tumblr blog says it all: Rappers and Cereals. That’s why I love Luda Crisp!


The Awkward Years Project is a great reminder that middle school was painful for everyone (good thing beauty is on the inside, right?)


If you’ve ever died of dysentery in your elementary school’s computer lab, you should read this: the history of The Oregon Trail game.


Tom Hussey’s Reflections series is beautiful and haunting. His work brings to mind something my grandmother used to say: Gli anni passano per tutti. The years pass for everyone.


Currently geeking out over Jake Waldron’s work. In particular, I absolutely love his Adventure Time inspired piece.


Many retailers pulled August’s issue of Rolling Stone from the shelves. They claimed that the cover image (of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) glorified terrorism. Regardless of where you fall on that debate, the cover story – Jahar’s world – is an incredibly engrossing read.


The Atlantic explores why there are no fat people in Paris.


This is something I can get behind: an abandoned Wal-Mart in Texas is turned into a library.


The Daily Beast takes a closer look at Jill Abramson, the tough and competent executive editor of The New York Times.


Man, if Jennifer Lawrence keeps dropping gems like this, my girl-crush will never die.


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  • Thank you for great links to read as always and hope you feel better soon! No fun…:(

  • A

    The links are great. Hope you feel better soon. Loved the Oregon Trail story especially, wow brought back lots of childhood memories.

  • Andi

    I have such a huge girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence.

    Really enjoyed Tom Hussey’s work. Thanks.

  • Duuuuuude, I thought the article on Tsarnaev was fascinating too. It was sad, really. I think we could stand to learn a lot from how quickly a person can become engrossed in a totally different mindset, seemingly as a (simple) result of depression and/or alienation.

  • Kelly Meier

    I too am suffering a horrible no good rotten cold full of coughing and sinus dripping and pleasure. All I keep saying is who gets sick in summer! Thanks for the links to keep me occupied on the couch.

  • I hope you feel better soon. Whatever it is you have sounds quite unpleasant, so I’m sending healing thoughts in your direction, but I’m really happy to be sending them from 2,821 miles away (we can just round up to 3,000).

  • Carolyn

    Coates hits the nail on the head. I studied abroad in Paris in 2010, and I was amazed that no one seemed to exercise (other than walking), and yet I saw at most five overweight Parisians. I love to run, especially in new cities, so I would fit it in before class in the morning. The few other runners I saw were almost exclusively men, and I would get the weirdest looks from people walking by. But I was glad that there wasn’t a running movement like there is here in NYC, because it often felt like I had the whole city to myself in the mornings. It was a side of Paris that I don’t think too many people get to see.

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