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11-Year-Old Ukelele Prodigy Makes Us All Feel Like Under Achievers

Secret to getting your kids to be great at something? Threaten you will no longer play Legos with them. Feng E started playing the ukelele when he was just five years old after his father leveled this threat to him. Now, he can do this:

Feng and Yoyoka need to start a band:

Pray For Colorado's Mascot

Not everyone should be trusted with a t-shirt cannon:

Lana Del Rey "Mariners Apartment Complex"

“I fucked up. I know that. But, Jesus/Can’t a girl just do the best she can?


Lana Del Rey has a new album coming out in 2019. Here’s the latest single that I can’t get out of my head:

Mental Yoga Weekend :: Long Reads of the Week (#48)

Mental Yoga Weekend is a collection of my favorite long reads I unearth during the week. I save them for the weekend so readers have a chance to sit back and read without pressure. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

5 Favorite Long Reads of the Week

  1. Animals Need Infrastructure Too - City Lab

  2. Look Up From Your Screen (After you've read Ventipop) - Aeon

  3. The World’s Most Peculiar Company - Chicago Mag

  4. A Deadly Hunt For Hidden Treasure Spawns An Online Mystery - Wired

  5. Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth - The Guardian

Mental Yoga Weekend #48...fini. Enjoy your weekend.


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Vintage Mental Yoga :: Best of Long Reads

Ventipop is on a short break and will return soon.

Please enjoy a few of these favorite things from past Ventipop Posts until I get back.


The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing — to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.
— John Keats

Vintage Ventipop

I write about culture and books and indie music and and whatever else strikes my fancy. I'm primarily interested in the finding positive stories from around the world. Ventipop is my coping mechanism; a way to make myself believe the world is still a pretty cool place. If you like Ventipop and would like to keep it going, please consider buying me a cup of coffee or donating something larger via the PayPal link at the bottom. Cheers!

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