Links are light this week for reasons that may become apparent in Monday’s post! (If you note less variety and an even stronger economic slant than usual this week, that’s because #2 hasn’t had time or brain power to do much internet surfing this week.)
Beautiful post from a gai shan life on moving forward after no longer financially supporting a father who stole over ten thousand dollars from her
Here’s a post criticizing Bruno Mars. The thing is, most white people (probably) think Bruno Mars is black and haven’t read the Wikipedia page that talks about his ancestry (Filipino, Puerto Riqueno, Ashkenazi Jewish)… if race is a construct, what is important, perception or reality? Probably a bit of both. (And there’s also colorism no doubt at play.) Like this author, I love Bruno Mars’ recent stuff because it’s an over the top throwback to the upbeat 1990s R&B I remember from growing up. (#2 is less nostalgic, but we both wish Salt and Pepa were played on the radio more) He should definitely be more proactive about giving credit and royalties before the song becomes a hit (Taylor Swift is very good about doing this), but once the similarities are noticed, the original artists get a cut without fuss, probably a bigger one than they would have gotten a priori (which is probably why Taylor Swift is so good about buying rights beforehand!).
h/t delagar for this one– the payoff is at the end
A sweet throwback comment thread on what our readers call their grandparents
Volunteers thread together clues to uncover CSU collection’s mystery handkerchief owner