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Community organizing group Brooklyn Movement Center is launching its first “Anti-Street Harassment Bike Patrol”
in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights aimed at calling out people who hassle women on the street.
Lorrie Moore’s wry collection of short stories follow women across various stages of their adult lives, from one woman who is learning how to have an affair to another on her deathbed. It’s the moments that will strike you in Self-Help, and just how clearly Moore paints in the picture in few words. And though the feelings of love and loss are palpable, it’s also incredible sharp and even funny.
NW’s Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan are trying to figure out how to be adults in northwest London, away from the community of their childhood. London really is the star in Zadie Smith’s epic, but it’s also about the bonds of friendships as each of these four people try to find their own identity and place not just in the city, but in the world.
Meaghan Daum openly and poignantly addresses so many of the issues that often start to pummel you when you reach your 30s—death of a parent, the decision whether to have children, and you know, playing charades at a celebrity’s house in LA. I mean just take this passage and it should be enough to sway you:
I am nostalgic for my twenties … but I can tell you for sure that they weren’t as great as I now crack them up to be. I was always broke, I was often lonely, and I had some really terrible clothes. But my life was shiny and unblemished. Everything was ahead of me. I walked around with an abiding feeling that, at any given time, anything could go in any direction.
We all could use a little advice from Cheryl Strayed, aka “Sugar,” but especially on the verge of 30. Tiny Beautiful Things is chock full of honest, powerful, and witty advice from the formerly anonymous columnist of The Rumpus. A line that should be framed on every twenty- and thirtysomething’s office or bedroom wall: “The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.”
Check out the full list here