Mash-Up Round-Up: Name Day + 75 Pounds of Fleece
Mash-Ups In The News
A game where you hover in each other’s space, too close and not close enough. Where talking trash is a type of romance and questioning someone else’s house rules is like questioning an ancestor or elder. Poet Hanif Abdurraqib explores the game of spades.
via NY Times
After her colleague reignited a history of mistrust, Dr. Jeannie Suk Gersen gives an in-depth investigation into the continued conflict between South Korea and Japan over the atrocity of Japan’s forced “comfort women” system.
via New Yorker
Learning a second language is massively challenging. Learning a second language without English-speaking friends or an in-person class in the middle of a pandemic? 100000x harder.
“K-Zombies” are a thing. While they invade pop culture, their resurgence in Korea is more like a reflection of a nation’s anxieties: Social collapse, dread, fending for yourself, loss of humanity, a world upside down.
via Los Angeles Times
If you’re walking in a pair and have to pass on opposite sides of an obstacle, you must say “bread and butter” or risk permanent separation. “Buttered bread, after all, cannot be unbuttered.”
For more modern superstitions, folk beliefs, rituals for chaotic times, we’ve got some bubbe meise for you.
“The rigid lines around gender and sexuality are just opening up for everybody. Young people are just doing it. … They’re leading this revolution, and they’re forcing scientists to take a closer look.”
Whatever the reasons, The Youths™ have caught onto something important: Why do we have to live our lives this way? Let’s live the way we want and are.
via Washington Post
“Black transgender women rarely make it past 35…Elders in my community fought and marched and sacrificed and advocated in the hopes that one day, a young trans person could be able to walk in spaces they couldn’t.”
Doroshow is the founder and executive director of NYC’s first-ever housing complex bought for and by members of the LGBTQ community in November.
People with disabilities are just people — with all the feelings and love and relationships that come with it. The Ramy star wants to change how we think about the love lives of disabled Americans like him — and upend the barriers that make it impossible to get married.
Early in the Cuban Revolution, her mother made an excruciating decision that forever changed the lives of the author and her brother. A devastating story of one choice, and the guilt, lives, and forgiveness that came after.
via New Yorker
The contradictions of BMI, the shame and resentment bred by fatphobia, and the compassion we deserve to show ourselves and others.
Baarack the sheep was found with fleece weighing nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo.
“It all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried.”
Let us all be the sheep we see in the world.