come back when you hear this song
keguro macharia writes from the perspective of an ambitious doctoral student on the fast track to academic success, leaving it all behind.
his words bite. i remember a summer after my first year in grad school, working in rural Kenya alongside a cluster of ridiculously hardworking, intense academics whose names you would all recognize, thinking, ‘i do not want my life to be like this’.
fast forward 10 years: i’m not sure if i was simply socialized by the phd and my peers to change my preferences, or if i simply grew to love my work like a vocation, not a job. i think a little of both.
either way, i am now the living caricature of what i once maligned. more days than no i love it. but the temptation of quitting - or at least crossing to the slow lane - never goes away. all i will say for now: not this year.
- chris blattman
should i go back for my phd? should i not? some days yes and some days no…. it’s a hard way to live
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
我愿意 (i’m willing)
by 王菲 (faye wang)
via wangleehom’s cpop mixtape, when he gave a talk at oxford. he has some good ones here, but this is my favorite.
it will rain
kris thomas and c perkins
this is hands down my FAVORITE battle of the season. i love the song, i love their rendition, and i love kris. he’s so good, he makes it sounds easy.
beauty is embarrassing
dir neil berekeley
SUCH a great documentary. his art is so fun and inspring. his puppets are his most fantastical, colorful, fun, energetic works. he would stick with those.
wayne directed this GORGEOUS smashing pumpkins vid
the last sentence in the video, about doing what you love, reminds me of this cool commencement address from the great robert krulwich
macklemore and ryan lewis
i always loved the song. but i didn’t know the video was so awesome