Link List #73: Contemplations on racism and white self-aggrandizement, the bravery of Chelsea Manning and Father John Misty’s quest to find himself

From magic mushrooms and psychedelia, to fast-paced poetry and ruminations on white privilege—this week’s Link List discusses human experience in its myriad forms.


    • 1 The poetry of Eileen Myles moves quickly across the page, so much so that it’s easy to find yourself lost somewhere amidst the hard, lyrical phrasing that she is famed for. Read her latest poem, ‘Sweet Heart’ published in the Paris Review, here.
    • 2 Vahni Capildeo writes of her experience as a ‘nowherian’; someone who has left one home and has found another. In this post-Brexit essay published by The White Review, she highlights not just a national, but a global crisis; where renewed politically-charged otherness has become the norm. She writes, “For millions worldwide, the alien English graft became natural. We are also you. But you, alas, are not us. That would require reciprocity.”
    • 3 Chelsea Manning’s disclosure of classified documents in 2010 ushered in the age of leaks. After serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, she was finally released—her sentence commuted by Barack Obama in one of his final acts as President of the United States. In this interview with the New York Times, she speaks about why she did what she did, the isolation that followed, and the woman that she has become.
    • 4 The New Yorker interview the enigmatic Father John Misty—nom de plume of Josh Tillman—on his creative practice, leaving Fleet Foxes, naked psychedelic encounters in the wilderness of Big Sur, and how he came to find himself in his music.
    • 5 Considerations on intentions, racism and white self-aggrandizement by Brit Bennett, who writes; “What a privilege, to concern yourself with seeming good while the rest of us want to seem worthy of life.” Published by Jezebel in 2014, her essay ‘I don’t know what to do with good white people’ feels more pertinent than ever.

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Text:Rosie Flanagan

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