Here is this week’s list of blog posts, short stories, articles, and other links from my favourite corners of the web.
Social media spreads the idea that everyone else has the “perfect life.” The people are all as beautiful as their vegan meals on Instagram. Nobody is telling the whole story, laying out details of how they slept half the day, missed work, and cheated on their diet by eating a half-gallon of their favorite vanilla ice cream. Everyone around you seems perfect and successful and flawless. But you know you are far from flawless.
Blacks Were Enslaved Well into the 1960s. This isn’t a joke or a click-bait headline. It really happened.
People Don’t Actually Know Themselves Very Well. I’m sharing this with you with the caveat that I don’t agree with everything this author says. From what I’ve observed in the world, self-awareness is a highly variable trait. I’ve known people who are painfully aware of every one of their weak spots and others who have almost no self-awareness at all. It’s also something that varies from one day to the next in most folks.
Spider the Artist. This is the best science fiction short story I’ve read so far this year.
The Art of Avoiding Hugs. Be sure to watch the video embedded in this post. It had some very creative methods for avoiding hugs if you don’t want one.