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Cruel compendium #20 🏡
Saying goodbye, moving back home, and doomscrolling through it all
Before we begin…
ICYMI: On Tuesday I wrote about the brightest moments in a dark year.
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New York magazine’s 500 reasons we’ve loved New York. Goodbyes to 500 (!) places that closed in 2020.
Dear Fuck-Up: How Do I Move On When the World Is Stuck? by Brandy Jensen
Ask Polly: Everything I do fails, so I don’t even try by Heather Havrilesky
People who dare to believe in crazily ambitious goals without feeling ashamed of them are in touch with one of the purest joys in life: knowing what you crave, knowing what you love, and taking the risk of owning those drives. The thing no one tells you is that hunger itself is divine. Wanting things is good for you. It’s only the shame around wanting that creates trouble.
How Black people learned not to trust by Charles M. Blow. Recounting the government’s past racist medical experiments
“Poem Beginning With a Retweet” by Maggie Smith (h/t Laura Olin’s newsletter)
If you drive past horses and don't say horses
you're a psychopath. If you see an airplane
but don't point it out. A rainbow,
a cardinal, a butterfly. If you don't
whisper-shout albino squirrel! Deer!
Red fox! If you hear a woodpecker
and don't shush everyone around you
into silence. If you find an unbroken
sand dollar in a tide pool. If you see
a dorsal fin breaking the water.
If you see the moon and don't say
oh my god look at the moon. If you smell
smoke and don't search for fire.
If you feel yourself receding, receding,
and don't tell anyone until you're gone.
I’m listening to
The Cut: Would you move back home? Could you?
Stella Bugbee reveals she’s been living with her parents for 16 years, since she was 28 years old and pregnant with twins. She speaks to women about moving back home at a time when so many of us (including me) are.
Questionable self-care advice
Support I got that you might need to hear
You should know about
Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol. Manual Cinema is a group that performs the most incredible shadow puppetry (check it out). I made sure to see them every time they came to New York. You can buy tickets to their holiday show—I’ve got mine for Sunday.
2020 is a song. Share a song and a memory that got you through this year.
Did you know that alcohol is a carcinogen? Half of Americans don’t, and booze companies want to keep it that way.
The Society of Professional Journalists’ Race & Gender Hotline. Sensitivity information for journalists on a deadline
“Know Your Worth” by Khalid and Disclosure
Check out the full CSBC playlist
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