Required Readings: Links of the Week

The holidays are upon us, and we have the best gift of all for you: BinderCon is coming to Los Angeles in March 2015! Don’t forget to submit your speaker proposals by Dec. 15. And if you need a little help affording your BinderCon ticket, be sure to apply for a scholarship (deadline is December 31).

Need a reminder of what goes on at BinderCon? Here’s a recap of some of New York’s best soundbites via Ali Vitali on MSNBC.

On the attendee front, Kari Larsen recapped the two-day event, documented partly via Instagram:


A lot has happened since then. The Butter (The Toast’s new sister site) with Roxane Gay is up and running:

I am surprised by how quickly fall came and went. One day, I looked out my window and enjoyed a bright shock of red and orange. Today, the trees are bare and spindly, skeletal.

Another girl-powered community content platform, Femsplain, just launched:

I wanted to write about my own experience so like all the teens on Tumblr could see it and know that they’re not alone in the pressure so this is the FemFappening – please hold all the hate sub-tweets til after all the pieces

Speaking of poetry: brush up on documentary style artistry by taking a look at keynote speaker Leslie Jamison’s essay in the New York Times Bookends:

But how can the writer do this work of witnessing well? And what good can it do? I feel how these questions swell against the column margins. What can I say in 650 words?

And for those who’ve been feeling a little blocked when it comes to reading, here’s BinderCon co-founder Leigh Stein with a little advice:

My reader’s block doesn’t really prevent me from reading, though, it just prevents me from finishing anything

And last but not least: your quote of the day from BinderCon speaker Jessica McGlory. Let her words inspire you through your holiday stress:

You need to be a little more of an asshole.