Ten+ for Tuesday

This week I actually have more than ten good juicy links to share, so I'm grouping some of them together my topic, and not even trying to number them. Onward.

COMMENCE COMMENCEMENT

I love graduation speeches. Abby Wambach's address to graduates of Barnard College is totally fantastic--powerful and poignant, especially for the ladies. "GIVE ME THE EFFING BALL." 

And Jake Tapper provides an urgent reminder to Dartmouth seniors: "Mean is easy." 

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OTHER QUOTABLE QUOTES

What does Bill Murray do when he's feeling stuck? Find out here. And learn how improv can be a tool for putting people at ease... even on an elevator.

And from the Impossible Cool tumblr:

 “Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” -James Baldwin

“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” -James Baldwin

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ANTHONY BOURDAIN

I wasn't a big follower of Bourdain, but I was touched by the outpouring of emotion after his death, and I'm eager to dive into some of his work. Here are three lovely tributes:

First, an article about his special bond with a Grand Forks ND restaurant critic who wrote an infamous review of the Olive Garden.

Second, the Very Smart Brothas (always essential reading) weigh in on his greatness:

That he chose, when coming to the ’Burgh, to speak on our cavernous racial disparities instead of just our cool, new downtown eateries and bizarre pierogi races is what made him who he was. He was a rich and powerful (and white) man who used the privilege that his riches, his power, his whiteness and his maleness provided to shed a spotlight on those without it. He was a tourist of the world who still treated people and cultures like people and cultures and not pamphlets.

And third, How Lebanon Transformed Anthony Bourdain:

In the episode [of his show], he talked about how he had come to Beirut to make a happy show about food and culture in a city that was regaining its reputation as the party capital of the Middle East. Instead, he found himself filming a country that had tipped into war overnight. Filming on the day the violence broke out, he managed to capture that split second where people’s faces fell as they realized their lives had been upended.

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MISCELLANY

First, a series of Twitter posts from a woman whose friends took a risk and swooped in when she needed it most:

  Click here for the full story.  This one resonated because the year my dad died, I had a newborn, we moved to DC, and I was ordained as a pastor. I don't think I was depressed to the level of this person--probably by outward appearances I was functioning fine--but I was completely overwhelmed and pretty deadened emotionally. So actually, who knows? Maybe it would have taken me months to unpack. But I'll never know, because when our stuff arrived on the moving truck, a crew from the church where I'd been working for just a few weeks showed up, with food and willing hands. By that evening they'd completely unpacked a three-bedroom house, down to the shelf paper in the kitchen cabinets. Beds put together. I'll never ever forget it.

Click here for the full story. This one resonated because the year my dad died, I had a newborn, we moved to DC, and I was ordained as a pastor. I don't think I was depressed to the level of this person--probably by outward appearances I was functioning fine--but I was completely overwhelmed and pretty deadened emotionally. So actually, who knows? Maybe it would have taken me months to unpack. But I'll never know, because when our stuff arrived on the moving truck, a crew from the church where I'd been working for just a few weeks showed up, with food and willing hands. By that evening they'd completely unpacked a three-bedroom house, down to the shelf paper in the kitchen cabinets. Beds put together. I'll never ever forget it.

Next, the power of doubt: it gives us alternate ways of seeing the world.

Giant Humans Take Over Landscapes in these collages. I get worried that photoshop and other editing technologies will soon make it impossible to tell fact from fiction, even in photographs. But these tools also create lovely images of whimsy like these: 

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A jolting image for our times: "Refugees: La Sagrada Familia," by Kelly Lattimore:

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Mari Andrew, being brilliant and funny as usual:

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And finally, in honor of Pride month: The American Revolution’s Greatest Leader Was Openly Gay. Who knew?

To the revolution!