Weekly Inspiration 013

Your weekly roundup of the best of the Internet this week.

Film / TV / Music 
Our interview with Mississippi Grind’s Ben Mendelsohn gets personal | Full disclosure: This interview is unlike any other this writer has conducted. It was designed to be a traditional Random Roles, but when I met Ben at a coffee shop in L.A., the conversation went elsewhere. Soon we found ourselves ambling around a park in the middle of spring, discussing everything from marriage to fame to depression
Stonewall Didn’t Need a White Male Lead. So Why Does It Have One? | It’s as bad as you feared. Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall makes good on the historical erasure promised in its trailer, turning a pivotal moment in queer history into a vanity project. Stonewall, the three-day uprising against the police that birthed the modern queer-rights movement, also made the names of two trans activists of color: Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who eventually founded STAR — Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (later renamed Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries), an advocacy organization for homeless LGBT youth. They are two exceedingly important historical figures, and the types of compelling characters around whom movies should be made
Sarah Koenig is hoping people don’t get as obsessed with Serial Season 2 | “I really miss the days when nobody gave a crap what I was doing... It’d be nice to just be like a troll in my basement again.” Koenig and her co-producer Julie Snyder also expressed a devout hope that the show’s second season—which will air some time this fall—would drive at least some of their surprisingly fervent fan base away, with Snyder saying, “We’re really not planning on having the same response that we had in Season 1, and frankly, we’re really okay with that.”
The problem with the ban against Chris Brown | The use of immigration law to "send a message" is something any feminist should be profoundly uncomfortable with even in the face of Brown's well-documented crimes. What feminist can comfortably campaign to Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton to revoke the visas of certain touring artists when he's the same man steering Australia's cruel immigration policies?

Why Do I Jerk Awake Right As I’m Falling Asleep? | You’re lying comfortably in bed, your heavy eyelids starting to close, when suddenly, you jerk awake, muscles tensed and gasping for air, because you feel like you just fell off a cliff. Then you look around and realize you’re safe at home before sinking back onto your pillow, where you either nod off without incident or lie awake all night, wondering: What was that?
Just Do the Work, and the Passion Will Follow | Another reason to question the standard “follow your passion” advice: The cliché suggests that the correct order of things is to first identify something you feel strongly about and then get down to work. But some new research suggests we may be getting this backward and that excitement about a project may in fact follow the work.
Our Brains Trust Brands The Same Way We Trust Our Friends | We perceive brands the same way we perceive other people’s faces. That’s the conclusion of a study by Anne Lange and Rainer Höger, which tested 18 well-known brand logos to see how trustworthy we find the companies behind them. The results were compared with a previous study doing the same thing for human faces, and the conclusion was startling
Fear Is Boring, And Other Tips For Living A Creative Life | How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” It’s like somebody handed that person that placard to wear when they were nine, and they’ve been wearing it around their neck ever since. But rather than challenging them on that, because then they’ll dig in their heels, I ask them to take the word “creative” out of the sentence and replace it with the word “curious,” just to see how ridiculous it sounds. If you can just release yourself from the anxiety and burden that might be associated with the word “creativity,” because you’ve fallen for the myth that it only belongs to the special, the tormented and the professional, and you insert the word “curious,” you’ll see, in fact, that you are an enormously creative person, because all creativity begins with curiosity
It’s Impossible to Have an Honest Conversation About Weight | What if I told you how tall I was? You wouldn’t really care, would you? Five-foot-six on a good-posture day, but whatever. What if I told you what shoe size I wear? Let me guess your response: Shrug. Seven and a half, sometimes an eight. Just FYI. What if I told you how much I weigh? You think that’s slightly juicier information, don’t you? I can’t blame you. I’m the same way

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