Quickies: The science of chronic fatigue, actors with disabilities in Hollywood, and corn mazes

  • How bad science misled millions with chronic fatigue syndrome – “The analysis shows that if you’re already getting standard medical care, your chances of being helped by the treatments are, at best, 10 percent. And your chances of recovery? Nearly nil.”
  • The Afro-feminist coloring book is here – “Part activity book, part surrealist poem, Avie’s Dreams (from Feminist Press) takes an interactive and introspective approach to afro-feminist self-discovery and girlhood.”
  • “Speechless” creator on casting disabled actors in Hollywood – “ABC’s new comedy “Speechless” follows a family of five with a special needs child. The actor who portrays the disabled character is Micah Fowler, a teenager, who in real life, has cerebral palsy.” From Alex.
  • America’s most elaborate corn maze is made of GPS and math – “Artists cut the designs as the corn grows, and removing the wrong stalks can skew lines, squash letters, or change the shape of an eye or a chin. To succeed, Wissemann’s Sunderland farm has used an arsenal of high- and low-tech tools, and over the years the gear available has changed the look of the maze.”


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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