March Inspiration

So I have admittedly been really bad about the monthly round ups of things that I found out in the world.  And this is my attempt to be better.  So here are some of the articles and I found most interesting/inspiring over the last few weeks.

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So in the past I have mentioned my love of podcasts, originally in the form of Stuff Mom Never Told You and How to Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black.  I was recently introduced to Stuff You Missed in History Class and I've been binging it ever since. it's 30 min lessons on people and times you may never have heard of or who were mostly glossed over.  It's like a semi-obscure, nerdy, slightly sarcastic history story time.

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From Syrian Refugee to Olympic Swimmer: Yusra Mardini Goes for the Gold, Vogue

You may remember the story of the Syrian swimmer who helped pull the sinking boat that carried her to Greece to safety.  She swam on the Refugee team and she's not stopping anytime soon.  This article talks about her life in Germany and her plans for the future, including preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games.

An Inside Peek at Kyoto's Secretive Geisha Culture, Vogue

The author, Christina Liao, takes us on a trip through Kyoto and her experience visiting an ochaya, spending an evening with two geiko and a meiko, and learning about the life of a geisha.

Ali Wong Loves Kondo-ing So Much, She Named Her Daughter After It, The Cut

Comedian Ali Wong speaks with Kathleen Hou about emerying from comedy, kondo-ing, hot asian men, and life post Baby Cobra.  It's hilarious and well worth the read. 

Blanca Li of Tackling Women's Equality in Her Timely New Ballet Goddesses & Deamonesses, W Magazine

Blanca Li, the internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, and director is bringing her newest dance performance to New York this weekend.  The piece started out as an exploration of female roles in mythology, and expanded to a discussion of roles in society as well as throughout the history of dance.  Needless to say, I really wish I could go see this.

New Yorker Cartoonist Explains Why Humor Is the Heartbeat of Democracy, Huffington Post

So with the exception of covering the marches that I attend and my general view on women's rights I tend to keep the politics off this site.  This article made it past that filter because it raises a particular point with me, self expression and freedom of speech are two of the most revolutionary freedoms bestowed on American citizens in the Bill of Rights.  As such it is our responsibility to talk about the things that matter, like the truth, and the future of our country.  In talking and writing we need to work to describe and understand the complex times that we are living through and protect ourselves from those who would lead us astray and misrepresent us.  As artists the job is a little different in that you can try to show a world worth fighting for, or show the absurdity of the world we live in to basically balance all the crazy.