Another week of 2016, burned to the ground. Burn baby, burn! But before we sweep out the ashes and start the whole shebang over again (Sunday is coming), let's take recap this week's good links.
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I've been finishing up Sunil Yapa's book, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Set in the World Trade Organization riots of 1999, Your Heart moves with a staccato pace, and explores the relationships on both sides of the teargas. If you're a fan of fiction, of social justice, and of well-written stories, you won't want to miss Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Trust me. (Rated R for language and violent content.)
What's with all this talk of Trump winning over the Christians? According to Ross Douthat, "Trump is losing the most active believers, but he’s winning in what I’ve previously termed the 'Christian penumbra' — the areas of American society (parts of the South very much included) where active religiosity has weakened, but a Christian-ish residue remains."
Do you know Emily Freeman? She's one of the good ones, a writer bent toward creating space for your soul to breathe. And in this season of political turmoil, she's teaching us how to pray for kindness.
What happens when one drunk-driving, illegal immigrant slams into a car full of nuns, killing one? Don't miss this piece at Mockingbird about scapegoating, nuns, and the power of forgiveness.
Who wants to learn better writing habits? Check out these 10 writing tips from original "Mad Man," David Oglivy. As always, Brain Pickings supplies the goods.
"Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. Their fingers, from excessive toil, are too clumsy and tremble too much for that. Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men.... He has no time to be anything but a machine. ... The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly." -- Thoreau, On Walden Pond
This is beautiful in every way.
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