‘Beautiful/Anonymous’: Experiencing ‘sonder’ in daily life

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines “sonder” as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.” The podcast Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People, aka Beautiful/Anonymous, captures this feeling well. The premise of the show is that the host, comedian Chris Gethard, takes a call from a […]

To Pen a Butterfly: Honoring Common and his music this Black History Month

To be young, gifted and black; oh what a lovely, precious dream. Nina Simone’s tribute to the late playwright Lorraine Hansberry in the opening stanza of her song “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” has been echoed in the music of acclaimed artists such as Aretha Franklin and Rapsody, but the sentiment itself has had […]