“When I get to heaven,” said the Hasidic rabbi Susya shortly before his death, “they will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ but ‘Why were you not Susya?'” So that’s where the story from Catherine, Called Birdy comes from. Awesome.

And so is this piece from the Good Men Project on depression, identity, and something the author calls the Masculine Mystique. Good things to know for those of any gender, really.

♥ “#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.” Not that different, Emma Coats. When I write, I find myself gravitating back to the stories I always wanted to read. “#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?” Kind of like that, actually. Here are the other 20 rules of storytelling as compiled by a writer for Pixar. Enjoy!

On Containing Multitudes: a conversation between Agent Lover Marie and a lady named Leeann who grew up in Rochester! Small, smaller, smallest world.

♥ via Lowering the Bar: Guy Impersonating Police Officer Pulls Over Guy Who Isn’t. “This isn’t the first time this has happened by any means[.]” Oh, dear. “They charged the suspect with impersonating a police officer, and I am charging him with doing it poorly.” Amen.

Reading this, I wondered what the hell is a daith? and then I looked at the pictures. People pierce the thick crosswise bit above the inner ear?! OW.

(above: How education can change for the better, if we let it.)


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