20 Photos of Famous Authors in Awesome Costumes

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re the writerly (read: introverted, inside-cat) type, you may be experiencing some anxiety about dressing up in a costume and walking the streets. But take heart: some of your very favorite authors have been known to don a costume from time to time, too. So it must be cool, right? This slideshow is also appropriate for those itching to wear a literary costume this year but who have already worn out their Poe ravens and DFW bandannas: go meta and dress as one of your favorite authors in one of their costumes. After the jump, check out some amazing writers dressed to the nines, and add any missing here in the comments.

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Where No Google Buses Go

Originally posted on Pueblo Lands:

Toxic smoke, visible from Market Street in San Francisco, is blown east, away from the city, and toward the communities of Richmond and San Pablo after the Chevron refinery exploded in 2012.

Toxic smoke, visible from Market Street in San Francisco, is blown east, away from the city, and toward the communities of Richmond and San Pablo after the Chevron refinery exploded in 2012.

For every word written about the gentrification and displacement that is tearing San Francisco apart, there should be ten words written about the the poverty, environmental racism, and financial predation battering the smaller industrial cities of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. In suburban hinterlands north and east of Silicon Valley and San Francisco are the bankrupted municipalities of the Sacramento Delta and Carquinez Straight. We’re talking Stockton and Vallejo. Even closer are other cities devastated by the economic crisis, places like San Pablo, or Richmond from where you can see the rising skyline of San Francisco across the Bay, growing with towers of luxury apartments as it is.

Black and Latino residents have already been pushed to the…

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What If There Was Instagram Throughout History?

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

 

Histagrams is the brainchild of Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen, two New York City based artists currently working for MTV Networks.

In a single topic tumblr named Histagrams, the duo imagine an alternate reality where Instagram is available throughout history. While not always historically accurate (e.g., Laocoön actually wanted to set fire to the horse and the moon photo was not from the Apollo 11 mission), the spirit of Instagram is instantly recognizable. They do well to mimic the type of photos shared as well as the hashtags and language used on the popular social network.

Hopefully the site continues to grow and they explore using actual Instagram filters to the images they select. For much more, visit Histagrams.com

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“Money (That’s What I Want)” (The Beatles)

The best things in life are free
But you can keep them for the birds and bees
Now give me money
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)
(That’s what I want)

You’re lovin’ gives me a thrill
But you’re lovin’ don’t pay my bills
Now give me money
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)
(That’s what I want)

Money don’t get everything, it’s true
What it don’t get, I can’t use
Now give me money
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)
(That’s what I want)

Money don’t get everything, it’s true
What it don’t get, I can’t use
Now give me money
(That’s what I want)
That’s what I want
(That’s what I want)

(J.W.)

The Houthi Coup in Yemen is a New Political Era that May End in Ruin

Originally posted on Quartz:

In September 2014, Yemen entered into a new political era. The Houthis, a Zaidi Shia revivalist group with a militant wing ended their month-long demonstrations in Sana’a after government forces killed nine peaceful protesters. Houthi fighters amassed in northern Sana’a, defending their positions and taking back that which was controlled by their rivals: the government and opposition tribes. After four days of fighting, the Houthis—once a small rag-tag group of rebels from the north—controlled the State TV, Ministry of Interior, and the infamous army Firqa Camp, commanded by their archrival Ali Mohsen al Ahmad.

The peace deal that followed, signed by all political parties in Yemen, the Houthis demanded—and received—extended political power, a change in government, and an economic plan moving forward. The Houthis single-handedly managed to accomplish what nine months of Yemen’s National Dialogue (post-revolution peace talks) could not: the ouster of old powers, and rise of new. They…

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5, Episode 7: “Friendless Child”

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Sometimes Boardwalk Empire is all brooding and introspection and heartbreaking line deliveries by Michael K. Williams. Sometimes, however, Boardwalk Empire is all action, bookended by cheesy voiceovers. That’s generally what the show turns into towards the end of the season, anyway, and it’s proving especially true now that we’re on the very last season, and a shortened one at that. “Friendless Child” races through a lot of material to set up the series’ final hour, and what it lacks in heart-wrenching major character deaths it makes up for in sheer plot.

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