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"It is possible that political correctness, meant to protect human dignity, can become a rigid system of thought and lose sight of kindness as the compass with which we must orient ourselves in life and in art." Ayşegül Savaş

“When we come up against the control of the patriarchy... we talk about it as though it were from the outside, whereas it’s from the inside.” Adèle Haenel@SorayaRoberts 

“We had nothing to lose,” Cary Ann said. “Fuck it. Band. Family. Let’s give it a shot. . . . Handshake, spit on it. If it gets too nasty we’ll cut and run.” @ArkDavey  @oxfordamerican 

“...their art, like the lives they have carved out for themselves, is a thing on the move, uncatchable as a storm. Home and the road and home on the road.” @ArkDavey  @oxfordamerican 

"I’m doing this Whole30 malarkey for one reason. I’m trying to figure out if there’s some connection, any connection, between what I eat and who I may become." @IfLostStartHere 

"Ever since the #DoomsdayClock  was introduced after World War II, the public has kept a nervous eye on the likelihood of nuclear wars." @ekingc 

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"It seems OK to say I am eating a restrictive diet... for weight loss, or to detect food intolerances, or for increased energy or better skin, but connecting my diet so explicitly to mental health doesn’t yet seem acceptable." @IfLostStartHere 

Cancel culture suggests we can change the world from the outside in, but the misogyny and racism are coming from inside the house: @SorayaRoberts 

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"A small team of agents spent years investigating whether one of Washington’s closest allies was involved in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. This is their story." @Tim_Golden_  #SebastianRotella  @ProPublica  @NYTmag 

"...when I look down, reflexively, at the source of my discomfort, I see my flowers and remember the pain I chose instead of the pain I hid. Did my tattoos hurt? Yes, and they still do. Beautifully." @TaliaHibbert 


"Kpop has been my candy-colored distraction from the angst of feeling trapped, but it has also, in the person of Mino, rather unexpectedly led me to a glimmer of an answer." @wendyqgan  #FineLines  (Illustration by @HulloJackie )

"In 2016, 's report showed that the wealthiest 62 individuals owned the same amount as the bottom half of the world’s population. This year, that number had dropped to 42: 3.5 dozen people with as much stuff as 3.5 billion."

Happy #PrimeDay ! "Amazon changed the amount of time workers had to stow an item from six minutes to four minutes and 12 seconds. 'They make it like the Hunger Games,' a former carpenter said. 'That’s what we actually call it.'"

"I was late and slow. A slow learner. But not as late as her. I love to tell her story because people—particularly women—need to hear that you can start late." Ursula K. Le Guin

Public displays of Nazism have been on the rise in the U.S. since right around last November 8. @noyinzoe  #longreads 

“It was my first civil rights song,” Simone recalled, “and it erupted out of me quicker than I could write it down.”

"No one who saw it wished to see it again, although, of course, many saw it again." @TomJunod  @esquire  #September11  

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#JoeArpaio 's officers burned a dog alive... then laughed as the dog’s owners cried." @danielleiat  @phoenixnewtimes 

"The evidence that women are being let down by the medical establishment is overwhelming... The bodies, symptoms and diseases that affect half the world’s population are being dismissed, disbelieved and ignored." @CCriadoPerez  @ABRAMSbooks