Archives: 2013 August

Archive for August, 2013

Friday Is Sunshine

Step 1) Hit Play

Step 2) Watch GIF

Step 3) Friday Away

I’m A Crustacean, Get Me Outta Here!

Thanks, Dr. Drew.

When She Talked, When She Talked, When She Talked

Slam poetry or therapy? Or an exercise in empathy? Or a perfect summary of the modern relationship cycle? Or all of them. Yes, it must be all of them. We don’t know much about Neil Hilborn (other than the fact that he is a perfect unicorn), but after watching this deeply personal performance at a poetry jam, we know he’s just like the rest of us: struggling to make it all work and hoping to be understood.

Some Things Are Better Unexplained

But if you need an explanation, there’s this.

Thanks, Tessa.

Goodosphere Tells Another Pirate Joke

Mumford & Fun

Gotham City

George Saunders Has Written The Best Speech You’ll Read This Year

“So, quick, end-of-speech advice: Since, according to me, your life is going to be a gradual process of becoming kinder and more loving: Hurry up. Speed it along. Start right now. There’s a confusion in each of us, a sickness, really: selfishness. But there’s also a cure. So be a good and proactive and even somewhat desperate patient on your own behalf – seek out the most efficacious anti-selfishness medicines, energetically, for the rest of your life.

Do all the other things, the ambitious things – travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality – your soul, if you will – is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Theresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.

And someday, in 80 years, when you’re 100, and I’m 134, and we’re both so kind and loving we’re nearly unbearable, drop me a line, let me know how your life has been. I hope you will say: It has been so wonderful.”

— George Saunders’ advice to the Graduating Class of 2013, or at least the final part of an outstanding convocation

BK Body Shop

A (Debbie) Downer For Your Monday

Some SNL sketches get serialized. Some of them even become movies. Then there are the ones that seemingly have the potential, but go away after a single run because their stars can’t stop cracking up. This is one of those:

Thanks, Nim!