Nico's Notes for 6 May 2015.
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The 8-week Tarot Origins Workshop series started on Sunday, May 3rd.

The notes and podcast recording for the first class has gone out to participants, but there's still time to join in. If you haven't signed up yet, please hit reply and let me know that you're interested.

What I'm reading...

Holistic Tarot

Benebell Wen's Holistic Tarot is unusual in that it is geared at both new and experienced tarot readers. It contains a wealth of information about the cards, but also reading for others, and setting up one's practice.
I had a lot of fun interviewing her for Spiral Nature, you can read about it in "A chat with Benebell Wen about analytic tarot."
Here are 10 other things you should read this week:
  1. So over the manic pixie dream girl? Prepare to roll your eyes about the minimalist pixie dream girl. Or,you know, pre-packaged "girls" of any kind.
  2. What it's like to be white.
  3. Exploring the narrative possibilities of a networked life.
  4. Busting common copyright myths.
  5. The marital surname debate. I'm so glad Drew was reasonable, and I didn't have to deal with this. We're both Mara-McKays, and it's awesome.
  6. A thoughtful post about slut-shaming in Playboy? In other news, Hell now boasts a ski resort.
  7. An interview with Gay Talese, a master of old school profiles. Is the format intended to be ironic?
  8. Heather Reisman doesn't sell books, she sells taste.
  9. Even in academia, women are more likely than men to end up in unstable low-paying positions.
  10. Are we too hard on high profile people who say and do terrible things? Maybe? I don't know, I kind of agree with Daniel Engber about the Lehrer case being "brightly colored fungus sprouting from a permeating rot." It's not as uncommon as it should be. Thoughts?
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If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at

All the best,

--Nico Mara-McKay

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