The Week: March 7, 2014

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Mar 7, 2014

I don’t know if it’s just me, but lately, so much of what I read or see online feels charged with emotion. There’s no apathy. Nothing feels phoned-in. It’s … well, beautiful, I guess. Occasionally sad. Really intense.

As are a few of these links. I tried to throw a little levity in there, too, just to provide some balance. But even so, more than one of these might have sent me to “The Crying Place.” I hope you like them, nevertheless.

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Hieu Nguyen’s performance at the 2013 National Poetry Slam is so. damn. powerful. Watch it.

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One of the best essays on the topic of depression I’ve ever read: Miles and Miles of No Man’s Land.

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I am totally buying this theory about the secret identity of Andy’s mom in Toy Story (note: you need to have seen the second movie to really get what’s going on in the article).

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My in-laws are probably more interesting than your in-laws. Like my husband’s cousin, Daniel, whose commercial for his legal services in Pittsburgh is currently making the rounds.

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Reddit has a live-feed of the conflict in the Ukraine.

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The guys from Top Gear, a motorhome, and a huge cliff. Guess what happens.

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A new ad campaign from Save the Children aims to bring the Syrian conflict closer to home (spoiler: it works). It follows a little girl over the course of a year, for one second each day.

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Super excited about the release of Eliot Peper’s first novel, Uncommon Stock, for a lot of reasons. It’s a fiction book about startups, it’s from a first-time author, and it’s the first release by FG Press, a new publishing house that I … might be … working with in the future (eep).

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Fascinating. A reddit thread about weird things that Americans do that are taboo or strange in other countries. Not gonna lie: I have always thought (and still do think) that pb & j sandwiches are really weird.

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Victor Vasquez, a conductor on the 1 train in New York City, is brightening commuters’ days with his unscripted announcements.

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