Alana Massey, The Cut
If you are a human living in today's world, and have gone through a breakup, then it's probably safe to say you've dealt with the digital artifacts of a relationship post-heartbreak. The always on point Alana Massey delves into the neuroses of storing photos and screenshots—"These files are stored under the safety of phone passcodes and in file folders buried deep on our laptops, which we diligently close to the world when our bodies are not directly in front of them...A screenshot text message exchange is saved by one party and forgotten by the other until it emerges as evidence in a quarrel." Your phone and laptop become private archives of what eventually becomes a past life. To delete, or not to delete, that is the question.
Juliet Escario, The FADER
In advance of her forthcoming collection of essays, Melissa Broder (the brains of @sosadtoday) spoke with The FADER about anxiety, art, nicotine gum, and difficult love.
Daniel A. Gross, Nautilus
Scientists have just found that there is a specific part of your brain that recognizes music, and nothing else. That means that there's probably "something in the human brain that causes groups of humans to engage in musical behavior," as Gross' interview subject, DJ-turned-neuroscientist Josh McDermott says. He explains that music is different from language in that it "doesn’t denote specific, concrete things in the world, like something you would say, but it obviously expresses something, typically something emotional.” The urge to make and listen to music is biological, and that's some cool as hell food for thought.
Kathryn Joyce, Huffington Post
An intense and disturbing account of the sexual harassment that occurs in the United States' national parks, following this January's announcement from the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General that they had “found evidence of a long-term pattern of sexual harassment and hostile work environment.”
Dune Lawrence, Bloomberg
"I saw the photo first, me in a bloody wash of red with 'RACIST' pulsing over my face," Lawrence begins her tale of being trolled and harassed online. And it's true—when you google "Dune Lawrence," one of the first pages that comes up is a slanderous post from a website called TheBlot, claiming, in upsetting terms, that Lawrence is racist. "I wanted to fight back," she continues, "and I also wanted to hide. I haven’t been able to do either."
Jason Parham, The FADER
At the beginning of SXSW, during the festival's interactive programming, The FADER's Jason Parham spoke with startup CEO Stephanie Lampkin and MVMT50's Donell Creech about disrupting a very white and very male tech world.
Robert Kolker, New York Times
During WWII, a Norwegian man named Jan Baalsrud escaped the Nazis, became the target of a nationwide search, got buried by an avalanche, amputated his own toes, and became a folk hero. Robert Kolker visited Toftefjord to retrace Baalsrud's steps and speak with those who grew up learning his story (and some who were there when he returned).
Ta Nehisi-Coates, The Atlantic
Modern legend Ta Nehisi-Coates on the recent controversy concerning the casting of actress Zoe Saldana in the role of Nina Simone (and the darkening of her skin, and the prosthetic nose, etc). "There is something deeply shameful in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic," he writes. Must-read.