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Outside the Margins: A Weekly Link Roundup

Superheroes of color, Arabelle Sicardi, sci-fi films from the global south, Molly Crabapple’s Abu Dhabi, Ferguson, n+1 takes on Tao Lin, and more.

By AAWW staff

Where we bring you things to read for the end of your week, from around the Internet
Arthur Chu: “I can pretend to belong here better than Trayvon and Mike Brown were ever given the chance to.”

Greg Howard on what is happening in Ferguson should be required reading for us all.

Arabelle Sicardi of Rookie Mag continues sharing photos from ‘Most Important Ugly’, her photo series that plays with the idea of makeup as a manipulator of identity within the queer diaspora community.

Black Girls Talking spoke to curator Derica Shields about her work with The Future Weird, a film screening series that showcases experimental and science fiction short films from Africa and the Global South.

The Future Weird’s latest screening, titled ‘Remote Control’, featured alt-Nollywood director Zina Saro-Wiwa’s beautifully creepy Phyllis and Filipino-American Elaine Castillo’s haunting Recreation.

This went up in June, but Jenny Zhang’s poetry never gets old, perhaps due to sentences like “the lycée where I teach is so toooottally me”.

It’s the summer of comic book heroes, including superheroes of color. Check out Colorline‘s list of PoC comic books for some late summer reading.

The website for Jeff Chang’s much anticipated new book Who We Be is now live.

AAWW pal Ava Chin talks about her new book, Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal, with the LA Review of Books.

“I want to suggest that our attachments to our blood families are not only sentimental, they are political.”

“In the skirt of the ocean of sorrow, how many deserts yet remain!” Via Tanqueed, ‘The Poetics of Solidarity: Palestine in Modern Urdu Poetry’.

Molly Crabapple documents and draws the migrant workers of Abu Dhabi: “If you ask a thousand workers,” Ibrahim said, “not one will tell you we are happy.”

“People were very confused. They wanted to be serious! But they also wanted to be ‘fun.’” The latest N+1 takes on AAWW friend Tao Lin. [behind paywall]

Another Sikh hate crime occurred last weekend on Roosevelt Island. Two years ago, after the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting, Sonny Singh wrote about moving the conversation “away from how Sikh values and American values are compatible.

Curator Christphoher Y. Lew talks to the artist collective GCC about their multi-media work on contemporary Gulf culture. An exhibition of their work is on view at PS. 1 MoMA.

Photographer Chris Arnade is leaving Brooklyn, and shares beautiful photos of the things he will miss: Yemeni restaurants on Cobble Hill, the Pigeon Keepers of Bushwick, Hasidic Jewish bakeries in Williamsburg.