The Unpretentious Reader

Weekend things

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I have a confession.

I’m having a REALLY HARD TIME adjusting to being back in the real world, AKA not Kauai. Whomp, whomp. I know you’re all sick of me. But I am back, and all week I’ve been fighting what feels like a cold. It’s probably not helping that I’ve been staying up late every night, either watching Bates Motel (new obsession) or playing No Man’s Sky (even bigger new obsession). So I guess the lack of sleep is my own fault, but hey. Whatcha gonna do.

In other news, here’s what I read over the past few weeks:


I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast interview with Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show. A much more serious, less jokey Noah talks race, politics, and the current election. The below quote in particular was fantastic, but the entire interview is worth a listen.

Regarding presidential candidates: “Yet in America, there’s, would you have a beer with this person, can they eat my food, can they make me like them. I care less about what they are planning to do, I care more about how they feel and how they make me feel about them. And that is a very dangerous place to be in, because essentially, America is electing a mascot and not a president.


This keeps happening and we keep being surprised, somehow: “The Justice Department’s incredibly damning report on Baltimore police, explained


Dying. This is how I always feel at yoga class. So good: “What the women from my beginners’ dance class definitely said about me after I left


A long but incredibly worthwhile read: My four months as a private prison guard. I’m glad to hear the Justice Department has decided to end the use of private prisons. When your priority as a company is to make a profit, and your products are human beings, guess who suffers?


How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet. “…the Internet’s personality has changed. Once it was a geek with lofty ideals about the free flow of information. Now, if you need help improving your upload speeds the web is eager to help with technical details, but if you tell it you’re struggling with depression it will try to goad you into killing yourself.”

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