Disposable America

This article by Alexis Madrigal is an intriguing look at how the disposable straw explains modern capitalism, from its modern conception in the mid-1850s as a hygienic savior to its role in today’s culture wars as an ecological disaster.

“…the straw has always been dragged along by the currents of history, soaking up the era, shaping not its direction, but its texture.”

The straw is in the middle of it all: urbanism, McDonald’s, the Koch Brothers, corporatization, leverage buyouts, environmentalism.

Hop Sing Laundromat

This is one of the funniest interviews in recent memory for me. I need to visit Hop Sing for a drink or four. Lé and I have similar backgrounds and it would be fun to talk shit with him.

My relationship status is… That I’ll try anything. Your readers will know that’s a joke, right?

The best thing about my job is… that I get to not serve assholes. I get to serve the people that I want to serve. Decent human beings.

The worst part about my job is… that I have to meet those assholes at the door.

Read more at https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2018/06/13/hop-sing-laundromat-owner/#iWKRD25HcmaywORm.99

Your vulnerability is f*cking gorgeous

by Sarah Harvey

 

stop it. stop hiding that fragile part of you

the part you think no one could ever love

oh my dear,

that is your most lovable part of all.

pull up the sheets, pull open the tattered seams

let your mask fall away and dissolve into stale thin air

let your naked heart ooze out

like a fresh ruby sea.

there is no point

to live

and invest so many hours in hiding who we really are

cleverly concealed

silently suppressed—

that’s just dying a slow-motion death

freezing our fiery souls to wither and decay

into vapid, yet subtle tones of winter-like misery.

f*ck that. 

do the braver thing…

step into the epic bloomin’ springtime of your soul. 

be ignited. be vivified. be weird as hell. be excited. be sad. be brilliantly YOU.

dance in the totality of every fractured part of your soul— 

step into the full vibrance of who you truly are

your vulnerability is f*cking gorgeous

don’t hide it

anymore.

do the braver thing, 

don’t hide, at all—

take the risk

take the plunge

to be you

all of you

every godddamn gorgeous

part. 

be yourself

and see how life

embraces you

so

softly,

so utterly

sweetly. 

Bridge to Nowhere

The bridge is the noblest of all engineering feats. Its purpose lies in its function. It connects people, places, and ideas. It extends time by closing distance. It is as much a tool as it is a metaphor. Subjective aesthetics is beside the point, for even the most basic of bridges connects humanity. What is more beautiful than that?

What’s the opposite of a bridge? A wall.

Reinvention

Sometimes you have to get lost before you could find your way. If you reframe your thinking and stop believing that being lost is bad, then you’d stop the self-judgments. You’d stop worrying. You’d cease wanting. Then you could enjoy what is. You don’t have to reinvent yourself. Rather, you’d stop being something you’re not. You’d stop trying to be perfect and realize:

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery