The Week: March 7, 2014

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Mar 7, 2014

I don’t know if it’s just me, but lately, so much of what I read or see online feels charged with emotion. There’s no apathy. Nothing feels phoned-in. It’s … well, beautiful, I guess. Occasionally sad. Really intense.

As are a few of these links. I tried to throw a little levity in there, too, just to provide some balance. But even so, more than one of these might have sent me to “The Crying Place.” I hope you like them, nevertheless.

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Hieu Nguyen’s performance at the 2013 National Poetry Slam is so. damn. powerful. Watch it.

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One of the best essays on the topic of depression I’ve ever read: Miles and Miles of No Man’s Land.

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I am totally buying this theory about the secret identity of Andy’s mom in Toy Story (note: you need to have seen the second movie to really get what’s going on in the article).

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My in-laws are probably more interesting than your in-laws. Like my husband’s cousin, Daniel, whose commercial for his legal services in Pittsburgh is currently making the rounds.

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Reddit has a live-feed of the conflict in the Ukraine.

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The guys from Top Gear, a motorhome, and a huge cliff. Guess what happens.

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A new ad campaign from Save the Children aims to bring the Syrian conflict closer to home (spoiler: it works). It follows a little girl over the course of a year, for one second each day.

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Super excited about the release of Eliot Peper’s first novel, Uncommon Stock, for a lot of reasons. It’s a fiction book about startups, it’s from a first-time author, and it’s the first release by FG Press, a new publishing house that I … might be … working with in the future (eep).

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Fascinating. A reddit thread about weird things that Americans do that are taboo or strange in other countries. Not gonna lie: I have always thought (and still do think) that pb & j sandwiches are really weird.

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Victor Vasquez, a conductor on the 1 train in New York City, is brightening commuters’ days with his unscripted announcements.

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  • Ashley

    I LOVE your “The Week” posts <3!!!! Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my weekly reading. You truly have a gift!

  • sarah

    Top Gear is my favorite show!!

  • What a mixed bag, but interesting reading. Your “week in review” posts mean I don’t have to endlessly comb the internet for interesting reads. The Top Gear one? How is that legal? I’m a recovering Pennsylvania lawyer. Thanks to your share of Rand’s cousin’s ad, I am glad to see that the PA Bar is in good hands. 🙂

  • Some great links here. The Save the Children advert is so real and touching; the situation in Syria is so terrible but it’s all to easy to forget sometimes, glad this is bringing it back to the front of many people’s thoughts.

  • As a Pittsburgher who’s enjoyed that defense attorney’s commercial greatly, I can definitely say you in-laws are cooler than mine!

  • Bruce

    Read the blog about depression even though I knew it would bother me as I do suffer, and yes suffer is the correct word, from depression. It articulates perfectly what I am going thru.

  • Lisa

    Thanks for another lovely post! I agree, intense and REAL is what we need to be, shake off apathy whenever it emerges.

    If you haven’t read Allies two-part account of depression you need to. Too. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/depression-part-two.html#links

  • Anisa

    Am I the only one who picked up on the fact that Geraldine said she might be working at FG press in the future? My first thought was- Nooooooooooooooooooo, What about the blog? But, then I thought, good for her if she wants to move on to other things. I would miss the blog for sure, but wish you luck in your future endeavors Geraldine!

    • Everywhereist

      Not for .. with. As in, I might be working with this publisher to … I’ll let you figure out the rest.

      • Anisa

        Well, this is awesome. I look forward to reading it when it comes out!

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