Firinn Asch

Writer and activist born in the South, based in Manhattan. Topics of conversation: exposing cults and religious extremists, survivor advocacy, feminism, and book browsing.

Shout out to Miriam StJean, the person bashing me on the internet:

Oh, so you’re the type who has a “Cleveland Indians”  banner on your facebook profile…and not see a problem with that.

Dear Miriam, 

You’re a fucking idiot.

Love and best wishes, 

Firinn

newyorker:

In an age when we endlessly post and read about marriage, divorce, and illness on social media, what does it mean to write a memoir? Dani Shapiro reflects on her own experience:

“I’m grateful that I wasn’t a young writer with a blog or a massive following on social media. The years of silence were deepening ones. My story burrowed its way deeper and deeper into my being until it became a story I could turn inside out, hold to the light like a prism, craft into a story that was bigger than its small, sorry details.”

Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino

newyorker:

In an age when we endlessly post and read about marriage, divorce, and illness on social media, what does it mean to write a memoir? Dani Shapiro reflects on her own experience:

“I’m grateful that I wasn’t a young writer with a blog or a massive following on social media. The years of silence were deepening ones. My story burrowed its way deeper and deeper into my being until it became a story I could turn inside out, hold to the light like a prism, craft into a story that was bigger than its small, sorry details.”

Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino

(Source: newyorker.com, via thetinhouse)

micdotcom:

The New Yorker’s Ferguson cover is one for the history books.

micdotcom:

The New Yorker’s Ferguson cover is one for the history books.

micdotcom:

Most people give the homeless change or leftovers, Mark Bustos is cutting their hair

For the past few months, New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos — who normally spends his days working at an upscale salon — has been volunteering on his days off to offer haircuts to homeless people he sees on the street. With a simple phrase, “I want to do something nice for you today,” he has been helping people get a fresh, uplifting makeover.

For people who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the makeover can also serve a useful function: looking presentable for a job.

Inspiring thanks he received from one man | Follow micdotcom

Shout out to all my American hijabi sisters today, please be careful. I’m bracing myself for another wave of islamophobia. Please make an effort to differentiate between the insanity, cruelty, and evil of ISIS and our American Muslims who are just as terrified and angry about this as you are.