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In the eight days since Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, what began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement. 

The local QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store that was looted and burned on the second night of the protests, has now been repurposed as the epicenter for gatherings and the exchange of information. The front of the lot bears an improvised graffiti sign identifying the area as the “QT People’s Park.” 

With the exception of a few stretches, such as Thursday afternoon, when it was veiled in clouds of tear gas, protesters have been a constant presence in the lot. On Sunday afternoon the area was populated by members of local churches, black fraternity and sorority groups, Amnesty International, the Outcast Motorcycle Club, and twenty or so white supporters from the surrounding area. 

On the north side of the station, a group of volunteers with a mobile grill served free hot dogs and water, and a man stood on a crate, handing out bright yellow T-shirts with the logo of the National Action Network, the group led by Al Sharpton. 

The conversation here has shifted from the immediate reaction to Michael Brown’s death and toward the underlying social dynamics. Two men I spoke with pointed to the disparity in education funding for Ferguson and more affluent municipalities nearby. 

Another talked about being pulled over by an officer who claimed to smell marijuana in the car as a pretense for searching him. 

“I’m in the United States Navy,” he told me. “We have to take drug tests in the military so I had proof that there were no drugs in my system. But other people can’t do that.” 

Six black men I spoke to, nearly consecutively, pointed to Missouri’s felon-disfranchisement laws as part of the equation. 

“If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register,” one said. 

Ferguson’s elected officials did not look much different than they had years earlier, when it was a largely white community. 

A Movement Grows in Ferguson, Missouri - The New Yorker

In the eight days since Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, what began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement.

The local QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store that was looted and burned on the second night of the protests, has now been repurposed as the epicenter for gatherings and the exchange of information. The front of the lot bears an improvised graffiti sign identifying the area as the “QT People’s Park.”

With the exception of a few stretches, such as Thursday afternoon, when it was veiled in clouds of tear gas, protesters have been a constant presence in the lot. On Sunday afternoon the area was populated by members of local churches, black fraternity and sorority groups, Amnesty International, the Outcast Motorcycle Club, and twenty or so white supporters from the surrounding area.

On the north side of the station, a group of volunteers with a mobile grill served free hot dogs and water, and a man stood on a crate, handing out bright yellow T-shirts with the logo of the National Action Network, the group led by Al Sharpton.

The conversation here has shifted from the immediate reaction to Michael Brown’s death and toward the underlying social dynamics. Two men I spoke with pointed to the disparity in education funding for Ferguson and more affluent municipalities nearby.

Another talked about being pulled over by an officer who claimed to smell marijuana in the car as a pretense for searching him.

“I’m in the United States Navy,” he told me. “We have to take drug tests in the military so I had proof that there were no drugs in my system. But other people can’t do that.”

Six black men I spoke to, nearly consecutively, pointed to Missouri’s felon-disfranchisement laws as part of the equation.

“If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register,” one said.

Ferguson’s elected officials did not look much different than they had years earlier, when it was a largely white community.

A Movement Grows in Ferguson, Missouri - The New Yorker

“What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?” “About six inches to the mile.”
 “Only six inches!” exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country on the scale of a mile to the mile!”
“Have you used it much?” I enquired.
“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”
(via The Allure of the Map : The New Yorker)

“What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?” “About six inches to the mile.”


“Only six inches!” exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country on the scale of a mile to the mile!”

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”

(via The Allure of the Map : The New Yorker)

Emphasis ours: “‘It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,’ said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week’s cover, ‘Moment of Joy.’ Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued, ‘This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.’”
June Thomas, however, writing at Slate, says this is a terrible way to commemorate a major civil rights victory. “Bert and Ernie clearly love each other,” she says. “But does Ernie suck Bert’s cock? I don’t think so.”
Gawker notes the tumblr it was submitted to, Blown Covers, which is run by the daughter of the New Yorker’s art director, is “currently down.” 

Emphasis ours: “‘It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,’ said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week’s cover, ‘Moment of Joy.’ Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued, ‘This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.’”

June Thomas, however, writing at Slate, says this is a terrible way to commemorate a major civil rights victory. “Bert and Ernie clearly love each other,” she says. “But does Ernie suck Bert’s cock? I don’t think so.”

Gawker notes the tumblr it was submitted to, Blown Covers, which is run by the daughter of the New Yorker’s art director, is “currently down.” 

newyorker:

In this week’s magazine, Tina Fey writes about the lessons she learned as a writer on “Saturday Night Live.” Fey and other women use the ladies’ room; “the men urinate in cups.” Harvard graduates write “commercial parodies about people wearing barrels after the 1929 stock-market crash”; improvisers from Second City create “loud drag characters named Vicki and Staci screaming their catchphrase over and over.” Click over to the site for more vintage Tina Fey video.

Oh, Tina. Best quotes:

"Not all the men at ‘S.N.L.’ whizzed in cups. But four or five out of twenty did, so the men have to own that one"

"Only in comedy, by the way, does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity."

The Fresh Air Interview: Church of Scientology, Fact-Checkedhttp://t.co/bWGXSzP

cmonstah:

longreads:

GROSS: There was a meeting that you refer to in your article about Scientology, where people from the New Yorker staff met with representatives from Scientology. What was this meeting about?

Mr. WRIGHT: That was one of the most amazing days of my life. I had been out to Los Angeles to interview Tommy Davis over the Memorial Day weekend. And when he finally did come to meet with me, he said that he had decided not to talk to me.

But I asked him if he would agree at least to, you know, to respond to our fact-checking queries about the church. And he agreed to that. And over a period of time, we sent them 971 fact-checking queries, which alarmed them.

Terry Gross, NPR Fresh Air

Fascinating.

More stories about the legendary New Yorker fact checking department, please.

(Source: NPR)

newyorker:

Kanye West’s tweets meet The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest. The results are hilarious!
Thanks Josh A. Cagan (@joshacagan on Twitter) for these amazing mash-ups - you made our morning!

Today in Things We Love: Further proof that marveling at Kanye’s twitter stream won’t be getting old anytime soon. 
(Also, celebrity tweets taken out of context will always be a Nwk Tumblr favorite)

newyorker:

Kanye West’s tweets meet The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest. The results are hilarious!

Thanks Josh A. Cagan (@joshacagan on Twitter) for these amazing mash-ups - you made our morning!

Today in Things We Love: Further proof that marveling at Kanye’s twitter stream won’t be getting old anytime soon. 

(Also, celebrity tweets taken out of context will always be a Nwk Tumblr favorite)