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As we make our way into the fall, we’re looking back at what summer—that fickle minx who lures you in with thoughts of the beach and pushes you away with walls of hot garbage smell—means to us, to honor the few months out of the year that turn us back into kids on vacation, encouraging us to take to the streets and enjoy life outside of our apartments or offices. The summer heat is a great equalizer, no one is immune to the suffocating subway platform or regaining your core temperature in an air-conditioned bathroom at work. But we also acknowledge that summer doesn’t always bring safe harbor. Underneath the layers that we tuck away in winter, there are simmering tensions, waiting to boil over.

Before we move on though...
Today, in a stunningly cowardly move, the President of the United States had his Attorney General announce that the administration is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy implemented by the Obama administration that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. If you, like us, feel like you're in a moral emergency, please consider donating to one of the following organizations:
If you're looking to volunteer, check out this Twitter thread for some recommendations.
Pools Are Weird
By Frida Oskarsdottir
The history of these oversized baths in America is a history of socioeconomic divides, private and public spaces, and of course, bikinis.
Our Songs of Summer
By the Editors
The tunes we danced to, the songs we cried to: Robyn, The Ramones, Sublime, Ella Fitzgerald, Cardi B, and, of course, Prince.
By Gabrielle Sierra
Our summers aren’t for backyard pools or manicured lawns or days spent in air-conditioned basements. They are for screaming, running, falling. For skinned knees.
By Gabrielle Sierra
You don’t have to be a mixologist or own the “correct” ingredients or be fully “sober” in order to come up with a creative summer cocktail.
Urban Beaching
Photographs by Sara Afzal; Introduction by the Editors

As the city heats up, people come outside. And so, we hit the streets for some classic summer in the city shots. Here are some of our favorites. 

Summer is not complete without a proper soundtrack, but what truly dictates the bookends for this fairest of seasons? When and why do we transition from our spring shanties and into our autumnal anthems? Perhaps it's the weather or perhaps it is something more.
Listen Now

Reading: “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof” by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah for GQ Magazine
Ghansah went to South Carolina to report on Roof, the man responsible for gunning down nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In sometimes-hostile encounters, Ghansah interviews Roof’s parents, his teachers, and his neighborhood, and writes in haunting language that Roof is not an outlier, he’s one of many young men turning to white supremacy and a false history of America for belonging. By the end of the piece, Ghansah has reached a new understanding of the stories and truths we need to survive: “Nothing in [Roof's] fucked-up study of black history had ever hipped him to this: The long life of a people can use their fugitivity, their grief, their history for good. This isn’t magic, this is how it was, and how it will always be. This is how we keep our doors open."

Listening: “How Did This Get Made?” podcast by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas
We're truly jealous of anyone who hasn’t yet been exposed to the absurd genius that is “How Did This Get Made?,” Earwolf’s bad-movie review podcast. You can definitely enjoy the show without watching the movies discussed, which include forgotten disgraces like 1991’s “Body Parts,” about a doctor who gets the arm of a psychotic killer transplanted onto his body, or 1988’s “My Stepmother is an Alien,” which garned a whopping 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. The shows hosts, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas, will make sure to address the questions the directors of these films forget, most typically, “Why?” and to have you cracking up along the way.

Reading: "Meet the Woke Misogynist" by Nona Willis Aronowitz
Joss Whedon is no feminist hero. While we’ve always had suspicions about his “wokeness,” Whedon’s faux feminism was confirmed last month by his ex-wife, Kai Cole, in an essay titled “Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals.'" In light of these revelations, we’re recommending Nona Willis Aronowitz’s essay on the “woke misogynist” and how to spot one. Because, remember, feminism is fashionable in now and “being a male feminist is admirable. Being a male feminist can even get you laid.”

Reading: "Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters" by Amanda Shendruk
Friend of High-Strung, Amanda Shendruk, created a kickass (and mildly depressing) data visualization that examined the representation of females in comic books. “I knew that women are not often well-represented in comic books. But I was surprised to find so much evidence of that fact in the data itself,” she said. “The statistics demonstrate what we've only known anecdotally until now: female characters are infantilized, de-powered and left off teams. It's an important topic because women also show up less often in comic books than men, so each female character has the burden of being representative of all women.” Aside from being informative and awesome visually, it is incredibly well-researched and eye opening. We highly recommend it.

"Don’t think the summer is over, even when roses droop and turn brown and the stars shift position in the sky...It is the season of reversals, when birds no longer sing in the morning and the evenings are made of equal parts golden light and black clouds. The rock-solid and the tenuous can easily exchange places until everything you know can be questioned and put into doubt." — Alice Hoffman, "Practical Magic"


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