“After dark on Monday, police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The ironies of race and policing were readily apparent: law enforcement using force to suppress outrage at law enforcement’s indiscriminate use of force.”—Jelani Cobbreflects on the violence in Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. (via newyorker)
If you have a problem with the new Thor being a woman and the new Captain America being Black, but you have no problem with the new Iron Man being a villain or the new Hulk being a super genius, you might want to ask yourself why that is.
“There are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being lead into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation.”—Rebecca Mead on the pleasures of reading to impress yourself. (via newyorker)
As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational called NMB to…