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Mash-Up Round-Up: HBD Keanu + Rediscovering Nashville

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The week of September 4, 2021: After our August of poetry, we’re back with our regularly scheduled newsletter and uh. What a time to be alive. You hanging in there, fam? We love you.

We’re also donating to support Texans and celebrating Keanu’s 57th birthday. We contain multitudes, all of us. 

Mash-Ups In The News

Why Do We Work Too Much?

Karoshi, death by overwork, is a tragic phenomenon that might only get worse. But what about modern work causes us to overwork? How do we change work today to redirect our future?

via New Yorker

Hong Kong Legend Tony Leung In Hollywood

After four decades as a muse to some of Asia’s greatest directors, Tony Leung has finally chosen his first Hollywood debut: Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

As their own muse, Tony helped the Marvel team create a new character, remaking a villain to overwrite its harmful origins.


via GQ

Picturing The Humanity + Dread Of The Infinite Scroll

A remarkable review of a remarkable photo series. Read about Tabitha Soren’s “Surface Tension,” which brings the physical, visceral, and intimate nature of touch back to our touch screens. 

via New Yorker

The Safest Cities In The World For Climate Change

These cities are not only least vulnerable, but also the most prepared. Don’t pack up and move yet! (We know you’re tempted.) Every other city can (and must) learn from the places on this list.

via QZ

The Cotton Tote Crisis

It’s hard to live in the modern world and not collect a few dozen tote bags along the way. The bad news: An organic cotton tote needs to be used 20,000 times to offset its overall impact of production.

via New York Times

I Went Searching For Hot Chicken, And Rediscovered Nashville Instead

After our Taiwanese-Chinese-American Mash-Up Frank Shyong escaped Nashville for LA, it happened: Nashville became hip. Here’s how a quest for hyped-up Nashville hot chicken led to rediscovering a hometown, and our Southern roots. 

via LA Times

California To Celebrate “Kimchi Day”

Every day is Kimchi Day around here, but we’ll take it. 

via Angry Asian Man

One In A Million: An Elegy for Aaliyah

20 years after the untimely passing of Aaliyah, writer Naomi Jackson explores and recontextualizes her legacy and story in 2021.

via Harper’s Bazaar

COVID-19 Long-Haulers Are Fighting For Their Future

While the pandemic focus stays on extremes of hospitalization or death, long-haulers find themselves lost and forgotten in the in-between. 

via The Atlantic

Ascend Taught Young Afghan Women To Climb. Now It’s Trying To Help Them Flee

The organization promotes climbing and community service for Afghan women from 15 to 24 years old. Now they’re working to help participants and colleagues find refuge in other countries.

via Washington Post

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