Mash-Up Round-Up: The White People’s Guide to Black BBQ
The week of Saturday, Sept. 12 was: excuse us, scientists discovered a new relative in a cave; watching Hillary Clinton whip, and nae nae; and oh god, these missed connections from Burning Man are everything you ever hoped they would be. We hope you all netflix and chill this weekend. But first, this video about celebrating the rescue dogs who worked on Sept.11. We are grateful.
Mash-Ups in the News:
Hellos + Goodbyes
via The Atlantic
How we will miss their ability to tell the best race jokes, and show us Mash-Up life from the inside out.
We didn’t realize how much Maria shaped our understanding of the world until we heard her voice again on this podcast. Many people’s first Latina “friend” also talks about sex and parenting.
via Death Sex & Money
More Good Stuff
He apparently stole the name from a high school classmate. And the editor who placed Michael Derrick Hudson and his yellowface byline in the anthology of Best American Poetry of 2015 totally defended him in a nonsensical post about racial nepotism. The Asian American Writers Workshop has the best possible response with a “White Pen Name” generator. Guys, from now on we’ll be known as “Madison Davis.”
At Mash-Up HQ there is a debate about the potential deliciousness of this, but we think it’s absolutely worth a try to add all the spices of an everything bagel to your cantaloupe.
Lincoln, Neb. is home to the largest concentration of Yazidis in the U.S. Many hoped to one day be buried back in Iraq, but with the persecution of their friends and family, they are looking for a place to build a Yazidi cemetery right in Lincoln.
via NY Times
“I don’t know what the hell black people do with all the aluminum foil at cookouts, but they ALWAYS need more. I have long suspected that black cookouts were ploys by hosts to get free aluminum foil.” Dead.
via Michael Harriot
People use fashion to “jump in and out of socioeconomic class.” Please read this fascinating exploration of how Americans dress and why. Also, to add to the long list of jobs we didn’t know existed but are excited about: American fashion cultural historian.
via Washington Post
Now that we can pre-select everyone on our dating apps, what does it mean to specifically exclude certain groups of people? And why do people use euphemisms like “no rice,” “no spice,” or “no curry” to make these exclusions? Are rice, spice and curry not among the best things on earth?
via Daily Beast
In his last days, Sacks wrote about how his favorite childhood dish resurfaced throughout his life, including through his housekeeper Helen, an African-American woman from New York who made gefilte fish from scratch better than his mother. She called it “Filter fish.”
via New Yorker
via Next Web
Damon Tweedy is a psychiatrist. Damon Tweedy is a Black man. He is exploring the deep (and well founded) mistrust that the Black community has of the healthcare system.
The factory, btw, is a room full of 12-year-old first-gen Vietnamese-Americans in SAT prep classes. Or Kumon math class, as was our experience.
via The Offing
LARP’ing has a purpose friends. Your nerdiness is finally vindicated.
via Bitter Southerner