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Bethany Beach, Delaware, July 20, 2017

★★★ The early light through the window raised brilliant cobalt-blue highlights on the bathroom faucet.

Stop Cashing In On Turning 30

You had your chance five years ago, where were you then? Photo: Alan Listen up, culture-industrial complex, 30th anniversaries ARE NOT A THING.

A Selection Of Heat Noises, In No Particular Order

Some suggestions for the obverse of ‘brr’ Image: Roman Königshofer Woof melting FML hot af Man it’s a hot one Yow arr “ssss” to indicate sizzling.

Jared Kushner Hits the Campaign Trail

And shops at a Meijer in Michigan Image: Mike Kalasnick The KUSHNER FAMILY is taking an Uber to buy water and other supplies at a big box retailer.

We Have Nothing Worse Than Death To Fear

What the Finnish word ‘sisu’ has meant, and what it means to me. Image: Crystal R. Williams In March of 2016, a cartoon by New Yorker cartoonist David Sipress began appearing on my social media feed with increasing frequency.

The Revolutionary Hope of George Romero’s ‘Land of the Dead’

It’s less celebrated, but worth revisiting When the obituaries for director George A. Romero — who died on Sunday, at age 77 — came out, the credits mentioned were rightfully obvious.

More Seen

Notes on life by Liana Finck More Seen was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Stranger of the Week

Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn Illustration by Forsyth Harmon I will forever hold wearing a sailor dress to Molly Warren’s ninth birthday party as one of the great humiliations of my childhood.

> Crab juice, a fear of heights, Dad day.

From Everything Changes, the Awl’s newsletter. Subscribe here. Image: Krista Mangulsone via Unsplash Last week, I asked how you knew you’d found your person.

Weval, “Metazoa”

How come there’s no version of “brr” for hot weather? Photo: Jeffrey Zeldman rIt’s hot. Here’s a new one from Weval, which will be featured on the next edition of Kompakt’s Total compilation.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, July 19, 2017

★★★ The ocean was pale and it was breaking where the soft sand gave way to coarse bits of shell. An incongruous band of cool, delicate purple separated the glaring blue of the sky and the glaring blue of the sea.

Gentle Reminder

Because whether you want to or not, you will be typing this name a lot in the next 24–48 hours. Image: petercruise It’s Lana Del Rey, not Lana Del Ray.

The Politics of Pride in Brighton Beach

Challenging homophobia in Russian-speaking Brooklyn Artem Nevinchanyi leading the Brighton Pride parade.

When Was The Last Time You Listened To ‘West Side Story’?

Classical Music Hour with Fran Image: Jason Hickey Week after week, I share my preferred recordings of the pieces I write about, and more often than not, they’re recordings by the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein from the 1960s.

A Poem by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Mount of the Dead Men Sculptor left your stone eyes blank. But you were busy looking someplace else. No dancing girl, Mohenjo Daro, terra cotta, Indian Jazz Baby, Twenties flapper contraband for bobbed hair alone.

Cornelius, “In A Dream”

It’s like the middle of July out there. Photo: Michael Comeau It’s hot.

I Think I Solved The Mystery of Dua Lipa’s Face

Can you check my math here? YouTube Hey nerds. Summer school’s in session and I need you to look over this theorem I’ve been tinkering on.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, July 18, 2017

★★★★ The waves were of no particular color and they came in irregular but strong, some of them making compact tubes before they smashed and acquired the color of sand and foam.

Dispatches from the German Penis Beat

Deutschland über us. When I was a junior in high school in the early nineties, I was mildly obsessed with the German exchange student, Christoph, a soft-spoken, ponytailed Blues Traveler fan who sat behind me in pre-calc.


Notes on life by Liana Finck Seen was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.