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The Pudding
"a digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays"  the_pudding  design  data  magazine  essay  culture  visualization  *to_read 
11 weeks ago by cluebucket
Catapult | What It’s Like to Travel When You Have a “Bad” Passport | Anne Moraa
"I am a Kenyan, an African, someone from the ‘global south.’ It is my job to prove I deserve to travel. It doesn’t matter how talented or smart or wealthy I or others like me are; we need a good passport."
anne_moraa  writing  essay  kenya  passport  immigration  visa  travel  slovenia  discrimination  country  2019  2010s 
may 2019 by cluebucket
Always Go To The Funeral : NPR
"Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing."
deirdre_sullivan  writing  essay  npr  funeral  death  family  emotion  memory  duty  2005  2000s 
february 2019 by cluebucket
Eurydice Dixon and the sexism of the system – Solidarity Online
"'Starting a conversation' about domestic violence, as Turnbull claimed he wanted to in 2015, is a much cheaper option than doing anything to stop it. Unlike funding the social services women need to secure their independence outside relationships or marriage, 'starting a conversation' is free."
eurydice_dixon  australia  murder  rape  sexism  2010s  2018  amy_thomas  malcolm_turnbull  essay  violence  society 
june 2018 by cluebucket
Truth in Jest? | Hazlitt
"This is why C.K.’s failure to address these allegations is not a good enough reason for his fans to avoid the difficult, uncomfortable issues they bring up. If you like this guy’s work because of its ethical spine, and yet you can keep enjoying it exactly the same way once these allegations are introduced—without any traces of concern or creeping dread or cognitive dissonance or confusion or frustration—then maybe it’s worth thinking about why they’re so easy for you to ignore. This is the exact same idea that runs under C.K.’s work like a third rail, makes him seem so insightful: the moments when an issue is small enough for you to register it and then turn away comfortably are the moments when it probably deserves your closest scrutiny."  louis_ck  comedian  abuse  assault  rumor  tig_notaro  2017  2010s  empathy  emma_healey  truth  privilege  betrayal  jen_kirkman  culture  silence  tv  writing  essay 
september 2017 by cluebucket
Waging peace is much more than ending war | Aeon Essays
"Peace lacks this analysable ‘thing-ness’: it seems like a non-event, a null set. Characterisations of peace and peaceful societies — from the Eden of the Bible to the ‘radiant future’ of Lenin — look dull and flat, or else gauzy and kitsch. As a child, I would leaf through the Children’s Illustrated Bible in the dentist’s waiting room. Religious peace looks like the beatific expressions of light-skinned people gazing heavenwards in the Eden of those illustrations. Perhaps a lamb sits there, too, legs folded, under a tree. Peace is bland and blonde, fundamentally lacking the dark ring of truth."  essay  peace  war  margaret_paxson  violence  crime  activism  action  anthropology  memory  religion  karl_marx  thought  writing  philosophy  france  refugee  immigration  humanity  2012  2010s 
may 2017 by cluebucket
George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
"It might be more accurate to say that it occurred to him to do so; in a split-second, with no accompanying language, except maybe a very quiet internal 'Yes.'
"He just liked it better that way, for reasons he couldn’t articulate, and before he’d had the time or inclination to articulate them.
"An artist works outside the realm of strict logic."
"The artist, in this model, is like the optometrist, always asking: Is it better like this? Or like this?
"The interesting thing, in my experience, is that the result of this laborious and slightly obsessive process is a story that is better than I am in 'real life' – funnier, kinder, less full of crap, more empathetic, with a clearer sense of virtue, both wiser and more entertaining.
"And what a pleasure that is; to be, on the page, less of a dope than usual."
george_saunders  guardian  writer  writing  author  essay  book  2017  2010s  art  expression  logic  donald_barthelme  gerald_stern  albert_einstein  quote  method  empathy  social_media  leo_tolstoy  problem  fiction  metaphor 
march 2017 by cluebucket
The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
social entrepreneurship abroad / reductive "solutions"

"Some delopment workers even have an acronym that they use to describe these initiatives: SWEDOW (stuff we don't want)."

"don't go because you've fallen in love with solvability. Go because you've fallen in love with complexity."  courtney_martin  health  activism  essay  problem  social_change  privilege  poverty  kickstarter  failure  world  risk  development  manufacturing  aidwatch  altruism  government  zambia  industry  delusion  uganda  nonprofit  david_bornstein  2000s  energy  product  question  tinder  c.z._nnaemeka  glamour  neglect  america  molly_melching  senegal  technology  culture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin
"We've heard it, we've all heard all about all the sticks spears and swords, the things to bash and poke and hit with, the long, hard things, but we have not heard about the thing to put things in, the container for the thing contained. That is a new story. That is news."
"The trouble is, we've all let ourselves become part of the killer story, and so we may get finished along with it. Hence it is with a certain feeling of urgency that I seek the nature, subject, words of the other story, the untold one, the life story."
ursula_le_guin  author  theory  writing  1986  1980s  sci-fi  fiction  essay  work  story  narrative  caveman  hunting  action  virginia_woolf  container  bag  elizabeth_fisher  tool  lillian_smith  human  women  hero  book  quote 
october 2016 by cluebucket
Trump Days - The New Yorker
"Standing in line at the pharmacy in an Amarillo Walmart superstore, I imagined some kid who had moved only, or mostly, through such bland, bright spaces, spaces constructed to suit the purposes of distant profit, and it occurred to me how easy it would be, in that life, to feel powerless, to feel that the local was lame, the abstract extraneous, to feel that the only valid words were those of materialism ('get' and 'rise')—words that are perfectly embodied by the candidate of the moment."
george_saunders  newyorker  election  rally  group  2016  donald_trump  arizona  california  america  fight  protest  anger  fear  essay  writing  2010s 
july 2016 by cluebucket
After the Fact - The New Yorker
"An American Presidential debate has a lot more in common with trial by combat than with trial by jury, which is what people are talking about when they say these debates seem 'childish': the outcome is the evidence. The ordeal endures."

"When we Google-know, Lynch argues, we no longer take responsibility for our own beliefs, and we lack the capacity to see how bits of facts fit into a larger whole. Essentially, we forfeit our reason and, in a republic, our citizenship."
newyorker  philosophy  thought  fact  truth  trial  history  historian  barbara_shapiro  michael_p_lynch  jill_lepore  politician  2016  2010s  america  president  lie  culture  1215  1210s  magna_carta  13th_century  20th_century  debate  data  internet  google  author  paradox  truthiness  2005  stephen_colbert  2000s  enlightenment  politics  essay  belief 
march 2016 by cluebucket
The Only Thing I Envy Men - The New Yorker
I like this opening:
"I have often, in the past decade or so, wanted to write something about “women writers,” whatever that means (and whatever “about” means), but the words “women writers” seemed already to carry their own derogation, and I found the words slightly nauseating, in a way that reminded me of that fancy, innocent copy of “Little Women” that I had received as a gift as a child but could bear neither to look at nor throw out. What was I going to say?"
rivka_galchen  writing  reading  newyorker  author  women  2016  2010s  virginia_woolf  helen_dewitt  evelyn_piper  dorothy_hughes  vera_caspary  patricia_highsmith  rachel_ingalls  fiction  genre  noir  crime  japan  natsuo_kirino  taeko_kono  shirley_jackson  claude_lévi-strauss  gender  denis_johnson  muriel_spark  envy  baby  yoko_ogawa  essay  arnold_schwarzenegger 
march 2016 by cluebucket
The Weight Of James Arthur Baldwin
"One didn’t need to worship him, or desire to emulate him, to know this and respect him for it. And yet, for me, there had always been something slightly off-putting about him — the strangely accented, ponderous way he spoke in the interviews I watched; the lofty, “theatrical” way in which he appeared in “Good Citizens,” an essay by Joan Didion, as the bored, above-it-all figure that white people revered because he could stay collected. What I resented about Baldwin wasn’t even his fault."
james_baldwin  rachel_kaadzi_ghansah  writer  france  black  america  death  1950s  2016  2010s  race  influence  magazine  internship  immigration  los_angeles  survival  house  legacy  memory  the_fire_this_time  essay 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Race and the Free-Speech Diversion - The New Yorker
"The broader issue is that the student’s reaction elicited consternation in certain quarters where the precipitating incident did not. The fault line here is between those who find intolerance objectionable and those who oppose intolerance of the intolerant."
jelani_cobb  racism  freedom  speech  rights  civil_rights  protest  safety  yale  missouri  harassment  tolerance  justice  power  2010s  2015  yikyak  hate  essay  1960s  lynching 
november 2015 by cluebucket
It Happened To Me: I Read An Essay About A White Woman’s Yoga Class/Black Woman Crisis And I Cannot
"By the way, I swore up and down I wouldn’t write about Macklemore, but as I read your piece he kept coming to mind."

thank god Pia Glenn wrote this
xojane  pia_glenn  response  takedown  ihtm  yoga  racism  writing  op-ed  essay  race  white  black  jen_caron  2014  2010s  imagination 
october 2015 by cluebucket
You Want to be a Writer? — Medium
"My advice is to not only endure it or to develop a thick skin, but learn to love and seek rejection. Wallpaper your writing space with rejection letters."
rejection  process  writing  advice  tip  fred_venturini  writer  job  work  reading  motivation  satisfaction  essay  2015  2010s 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Reconciling being creative and having a dayjob -
"[O]nce, I showed her an article I had written in the Chicago Tribune about female scientists (which was my boss's line of work) and she mused, 'I wonder how you have time to write when you work here, too.' I got the message. I rarely mentioned my freelance life after that. No one in the office shared my interests or, even my temperament (the place was full of socially awkward scientists). I felt like the person I was at work was not the person I was everywhere else. I told myself that working the dayjob was just rent I had to pay for the literal and psychological space to write for myself, when I had time. When people asked me what I did for a living, I found myself saying, 'Well, I work for a medical journal but really I'm a writer.'

"I probably could have just said, 'I'm a writer' but, under those circumstances, it didn't feel true to me."

1. We need those good benefits.
2. Look hard, and you can likely find a dayjob that uses your creative skills.
3. Having a dayjob gets me out of the house.
4. When you're not counting on them to pay your bills, you can be choosy in your creative endeavors.
5. There's no shame in wanting to be comfortable.

"I'll own it: I'm a part-time artist. But if the only true cost of that choice is occasional self-doubt and fantasies of what might-have-been, I'd still say it's not such a bad gig."
claire_zulkey  2015  2014  2010s  writing  job  work  office  benefit  structure  discipline  creativity  privilege  security  comfort  finance  advice  list  essay  artist  writer 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Elemental | Cultural Slagheap
"I’d been talking to my folks ever since the spill at Freedom Industries on Thursday morning. Here’s what we know so far: The spill dumped 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River, a mile and a half upstream from the intake pipes for West Virginia-American Water, a company that serves nine counties. The spill was caused, according to the most reliable reports we’ve been seeing to this point, because of deterioration of Freedom Industries’ storage and transfer materials for chemicals used in coal processing. We’re talking here about your basic rusted pipes and breached concrete containment walls. Freedom Industries hadn’t been inspected by the Department of Environmental Protection in over 20 years. There was, we’re being told, no plan—no plan—on the books for procedure and protocol, should one of those containment tanks happen to be breached."
culturalslagheap  wordpress  blog  2014  2010s  west_virginia  toxic  damage  disaster  eric_waggoner  water  environment  river  spill  regulation  smell  government  chemical  charleston  malden  1980s  anger  work  capitalism  greed  safety  suffering  essay  writing 
january 2014 by cluebucket
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
"I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was 'meant' to remain oblivious."

7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
11. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
13. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
15. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

"For me white privilege has turned out to be an elusive and fugitive subject. The pressure to avoid it is great, for in facing it I must give up the myth of meritocracy"
peggy_mcintosh  essay  white  privilege  writing  culture  society  1990s  1990  racism  denial  male  gender  womens_studies  list  power  dominance  america  discrimination  escape  system 
june 2013 by cluebucket
What is Found There: Adrienne Rich and a Life on the Margins | Hazlitt
"In her own life, Rich refused to accept that these public attitudes ought to guide her. She thus spent her life in what we sometimes call the 'margins.' She was a poet in a culture that came to prefer television and video games, and a radical in one that saw Planned Parenthood as a militant organization."
adrienne_rich  michelle_dean  essay  obituary  poet  politics  feminism  contradiction  life  writer  writing  culture  protest  quote  motherhood  1960s  1970s  2012  2013  hazlitt 
january 2013 by cluebucket
The 'Busy' Trap -
"More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary. I can’t help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isn’t a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesn’t matter."

"The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment."
tim_kreider  nytimes  opinionator  essay  business  busy-ness  busy  job  work  energy  freedom  lazy  2012  2010s  writing  writer  obligation  nyc  thomas_pynchon  idleness  arthur_c._clarke  play 
january 2013 by cluebucket
Love in the House | Harper's Magazine
"Most of the men who claim tonight that they love Emily really do love her, even if they’ve barely spoken to her. Is this normal? No. But that doesn’t mean it’s dismissible as acting. Fakeness gives rise to realness that, granted, ... may not survive when the fakeness ends. But the contestants do, or did, experience real feelings as a result of fiction. The readers of novels experience real feelings as a result of fiction. And what about the characters? They don’t not fall in love, just because a writer orchestrated it."
heidi_julavits  2012  2010s  2000s  tv  writing  essay  bachelor  bachelorette  emily_maynard  love  romance  emotion  feeling  crush  choice  fake  reality  authenticity  fiction  psychology  dating 
january 2013 by cluebucket
The World Cries for Newtown's Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies | Your Black World
“People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live.  They have the right to be happy.  They have the right to peace.  When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights.  When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable.  I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.”
yourblackworld  boyce_watkins  2012  2010s  racism  writing  essay  newtown  death  killing  politics  barack_obama 
december 2012 by cluebucket
What Is it About Men That They're Committing These Horrible Massacres? | Alternet
"Are these shooters psychopaths or sociopaths? Maybe. But what’s a sociopath? It’s a person who lacks empathy. 'Well,' says Katz, 'we socialize empathy out of boys all the time.' If we aren’t allowing boys to experience and express vulnerability, pain, and fear because that’s somehow connected to weakness (a feminine quality), then how are they going to be able to relate to the experiences of others? 'Sociopathy is the extreme manifestation of the way we socialize boys in our society.'"

much more worth a read than that other piece on "why wasn't there a MALE janitor at sandy hook who could have thrown a bucket at the shooter etc etc"
alternet  essay  op-ed  massacre  gender  sociopathy  male  female  society  behavior  violence  empathy  crime  shooting  meghan_murphy  jackson_katz  1980s  1990s  2000s  2010s  2012  privilege  victim  anger  emotion 
december 2012 by cluebucket
Los Angeles Review of Books - Judy Blume: Three Essays
"In Blume’s writing is evidence of an immensely talented listener. In her hands, Margaret’s voice is so authentic that it’s practically inaudible. “Our new car is a Chevy. It’s green,” is the unassumingly note-perfect conclusion to one paragraph. “She had a big behind. Also, she wore a hat” isn’t played out as a body-parts joke; it’s simply what Margaret sees. Blume employs no tricks: no pointedly botched grammar, punctuational explosions, or would-be comically incongruous “adult” observations ripped from the pages of a Disney Channel teleplay. “The booklet recommended that we use Private Lady sanitary supplies. It was like one big commercial. I made a mental note never to buy Private Lady things when and if I ever needed them.” Blume may be editorializing here, but because we know Margaret so well by now, the comment seems incontestably Margaret’s own."
judy_blume  deenie  tiger_eyes  are_you_there_god  1970s  1970  1973  1980s  1981  essay  writing  youth  book  reading  teenage  nostalgia  puberty  growing_up  life  death  nell_beram  nina_berry  andrea_kleine  fiction  review  lareviewofbooks  2012  2010s  religion  faith  adolescence  novel 
december 2012 by cluebucket
RIDE THE WAVE – Jacob Ciocci
"My thoughts on the recent Azealia Banks and Rihanna videos and their relation to the internet and internet culture: "
jacob_ciocci  azealia_banks  rihanna  video  internet  culture  essay  writing  image  fashion  seapunk  2012  2010s  trend  from twitter_favs
november 2012 by cluebucket
The Amanda Palmer Kickstarter Scandal : The New Yorker
"The outrage over this incident is, however, more complicated than it might at first appear. It’s entangled with the current debate about wealth inequality that has animated both the Occupy movement and the Presidential campaigns: the sense that even newly minted haves, like Amanda Palmer, really need to treat have-nots, such as local musicians, a whole lot better. Thus a long-standing music-biz scam (Chuck Berry’s ill use of local musicians is the stuff of industry legend) suddenly takes on the aspect of plutocrat and prole in a contemporary drama. It only adds piquancy that Palmer adopted the posture of the moustache-twirling boss. As she told the New York Times, 'If my fans are happy and my audience is happy and the musicians on stage are happy, where’s the problem?'"
"In general, there is a boom in such practices that seems tied to the digital era; you can't spell Internet without intern."
"As a society, we’re supposedly committed to the principle that workers, the poor, those struggling to get by, deserve a share of the wealth for practicing their craft. But we also believe that investors and owners deserve returns on their equity. What we gloss over is the irresolvable contradiction between those two things. In general, the Amanda Palmer investor will in fact be in favor of paying the musician in hugs, since that would maximize their own return: intensified exploitation of the string section should lead to more hand-knitted cassette tapes showing up in the mailboxes of the twenty-four thousand eight hundred and eighty-three backers who ponied up."
amanda_palmer  kickstarter  newyorker  writing  essay  music  industry  musician  joshua_clover  finance  culture  fundraiser  money  outsourcing  work  fantasy  labor  intern  internet  hustle  steve_albini  owen_pallett  art  communism  capitalism  wealth  investment  economy  2012  2010s  21st_century  bertolt_brecht 
october 2012 by cluebucket
Hear, All Ye People; Hearken, O Earth (Part One) -
"Since the advent of typewriters (from John J. Pratt’s pterotype in the 1860s to word processors in the 1980s), few people write by hand anymore, and we now have a vast array of typefaces available to us. It is an easy matter to change an entire document from Bembo to Garamond to Caslon to Palatino. We forget that written manuscripts, letters and journals were once unique objects often containing clues about the writer and the context of when and how they were written.

"Can we separate the form of the writing from its content?"
nytimes  opinionator  blog  design  font  essay  writing  handwriting  typeface  typewriter  psychology  history  comic_sans_ms  georgia  test  quiz  david_deutsch  helvetica  marc_hauser  phil_renaud  internet  benjamin_berman  david_dunning  comment  michael_mcgahan  war  1850s  marin_balaic  scientist  nadine_chahine  patrick_kingsley  lisa_randall  fabiola_gianotti  cern  2012  2010s  higgs_boson  baskerville  bar_graph  graph  chart  agreement  disagreement  experiment  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Pick up just about any novel and you'll find the phrase "somewhere a dog barked." - Slate Magazine
"If novelists share anything, it's a distant-dog impulse. Picture an author at work: She's exhausted, gazing at her laptop and dreaming about lunch.
"Really, are there so many out-of-sight, noisy dogs in the world? Listen: My bet is you'll hear a highway, an A/C unit, or another human before a dog starts yelping."
slate  rosencrans_baldwin  writing  fiction  review  language  phrase  device  dog  bark  funny  essay  2010  2010s  narrative  trope  hollow  author  writer  trick  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Tiger Beatdown › Lives worth living: Disability, abortion, and slipshod ethics
"Inevitably, the fact that it’s possible to test for many common disabilities means that abortion for disability is going to come up as a topic. This is a fraught ethical subject, and it’s fraught in no small part because of the social devaluation of disability. On the right, people with disabilities are fetishised as tools and instruments to a larger end; conservatives make sweeping statements about ‘respecting life’ when it comes to fetuses who might be born with disabilities, though of course they do nothing to support those fetuses once they’re born. This rhetoric does not allow room for the fundamental humanity of people with disabilities. Meanwhile, the left treats us like we don’t exist and aren’t a part of society, and don’t belong in society, frequently advancing arguments like Sierra’s: that abortion for disability is, quote, ‘a positive moral choice.‘
"What I am pushing for is disability as a value-neutral status that individual disabled people, not the people around them, get to make of what they will. Maybe that means celebrating your amazing body. Maybe that means corrective surgery. Maybe that means something else entirely."
tigerbeatdown  s.e._smith  disability  choice  abortion  politics  response  essay  criticism  ethics  conservative  liberal  humanity  rhrealitycheck  rhetoric  argument  writing  speculation  rights  value  ableism  2012  2010s  society  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’ -
"“Curation” does imply something far more deliberate than these inspiration blogs, whose very point is to put the viewer into an aesthetic reverie unencumbered by thought or analysis. These sites are not meant (as curation is) to make us more conscious, but less so. That might be O.K., but it also means they have a lot more in common with advertising than they do with curation. After all, advertising trains us to keep our desire always at the ready, nurturing that feeling that something is missing, then redirecting it toward a tangible product. In the end, all that pent-up yearning needs a place to go, and now it has that place online. But products are no longer the point. The feeling is the point. And now we can create that feeling for ourselves, then pass it around like a photo album of the life we think we were meant to have but don’t, the people we think we should be but aren’t."
carina_chocano  2012  2010s  tumblr  pinterest  nytimes  writing  essay  curation  art  image  inspiration  neuroscience  v._s._ramachandran  collecting  postmodern  pastiche  brain  feeling  blogging  magazine  moodboard  creativity  creation  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab |
"...what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices."
"He said the hack was simply a grab for my three-character Twitter handle. That’s all they wanted. They just wanted to take it, and fuck shit up, and watch it burn. It wasn’t personal. “I honestly didn’t have any heat towards you before this. i just liked your username like I said before” he told me via Twitter Direct Message."
mat_honan  hacking  google  twitter  apple  amazon  security  flaw  internet  data  wired  2012  2010s  writing  essay  technology  iCloud  disconnect  computer  cloud  windows  password  applecare  ruin  takedown  fraud  crime  breach  e-mail  exploit  steal  identity  troll  phobia  mac  gardgetlab  itunes  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Why I shut down my blog. - Slate Magazine
"Now, if I could just turn off the TV, I think I could finally get started."
sarah_hepola  slate  blog  blogging  writing  reflection  essay  distraction  author  writer  2006  2000s  internet  shutdown  21st_century 
july 2012 by cluebucket
Every woman should travel alone -
“Whether I shall be the hero of my own life, or whether that position will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
sarah_hepola  life  travel  essay  trip  single  lonely  fear  salon  2012  2010s  road_trip  writing  david_copperfield  wild  cheryl_strayed  dear_sugar  memoir  21st_century 
july 2012 by cluebucket
The Tyranny of 'She's Just Jealous' - Jezebel
"It's the Fox News Defense, a great way for people who can't see beyond a woman's femininity and into her ideas to defend women they've decided they support, since treating all lady dissent with the "she's just jealous" panacea assumes that the rest of the public is similarly incapable of separating breasts from brains."
jezebel  erin_gloria_ryan  2012  2010s  argument  criticism  jealousy  envy  mitt_romney  politics  shutdown  politician  writing  essay  petty  sarah_palin  bristol_palin  defense  retort  comeback  women  21st_century 
june 2012 by cluebucket
My Superpower Is Being Alone Forever | The Awl
"Putting together a dating profile means performing a self-autopsy and reassembling the pieces into Sexy Robocop. You save what’s worth salvaging and shield the damaged parts with reinforced metal. You strive to find the middle ground between showing you have nothing to hide, and just showing off... Your picture gallery broadcasts a series of defensive messages... 'See? I go to museums sometimes and mimic sculpture-poses because Culture.' ... What dark and terrible secret causes her to resort to this thing I am also doing? After scanning closely for red flags and finally deigning her regally worthy, I dispatch a message. But then the truth reveals itself: the king is not her type and also he is not really a king."
theawl  dating  essay  funny  writing  joe_berkowitz  joanna_neborsky  2011  2010s  online  drawing  illustration  loneliness  21st_century 
june 2012 by cluebucket
SWINGING MODERN SOUNDS #30: What Is And Is Not Masculine - The
"The hip crowds who liked the swagger of 'fake jazz' dematerialized in New York City rather quickly when the Lounge Lizards became more complex. The fault here would seem to lie with the audience, with the 'known world, basically,' with the kinds of audience members who wanted to 'sleep with' Lurie or 'punch him in the face,' which is to say the heartless and artless and celebrity-afflicted, the profile writers, the would-bes, but nevermind.
"'Mystery illness' sounds a great deal like it is blaming the victim, an interpretation that becomes increasingly obvious when the day on which Lurie fell ill is more noteworthy, in Friend’s profile, for his concerns about penile size than his illness. ...Is there no attempt, by the reporter to look into chronic Lyme and to attempt to understand it? Are all sufferers with 'fibromyalgia' just neurotic women who need to lighten up and enjoy life?
"Because strange details are a kind of modesty, they are Lurie refusing to dwell on the painful stuff in conversation. It’s in the music, yes, high feeling is always in the music, is always confronted there directly, not in words, but in music and its capacity for high feeling, and that is lost on Friend, because the music is lost on Friend, who considers it 'borderline annoying,' and undestined to sell lots of copies. More copies would mean more interest would mean closer to the movies, or a cinematic level of cultural penetration, which would mean bingo!"
john_lurie  tad_friend  writing  therumpus  rick_moody  newyorker  profile  john_perry  criticism  2011  2010s  takedown  nyc  lounge_lizards  1980s  musician  illness  lyme_disease  masculine  jazz  essay  gossip  stalking  stalker  artist  saxophone  music  audio  youtube  disgust  21st_century  20th_century 
march 2012 by cluebucket
Continuing Education: The Documentary Essay
"The personal essay blends journalism and memoir. It looks beyond the author's life but doesn't lose sight of it. As a form, it's big enough to including war reporting and small enough to analyze daily habits. This course is for students interested in magazine essay writing, for those who wish to tell their own story through fieldwork and to learn techniques to grip readers to the final word. This discussion-based course will walk students through each stage of the creative practice: reading and analyzing exciting examples of genre; finding a topic with a personal angle; conducting research and outlining a story; fine-tuning ideas and editing for structure, with an eye toward publication. By the end, students will have written essays that resound for them personally while appealing to a larger audience. (8 hours)"

...wish I could take this course ;(
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january 2012 by cluebucket
Fashion is a Feminist Issue | Greta Christina's Blog
"It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental… and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so. And it’s a subtle but definite form of sexism to take one of the few forms of expression where women have more freedom, and treat it as a form of expression that’s inherently superficial and trivial. Like it or not, fashion and style are primarily a women’s art form. And I think it gets treated as trivial because women get treated as trivial."
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november 2011 by cluebucket
The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog)
"In the old country, for example, we have two kinds of 'friendship' (distinguished by whether you address one another with the informal pronoun) and going from one status to the other is a pretty big deal; you have to drink a toast with your arms all in a pretzel and it's considered a huge faux pas to suggest it before both people feel ready. But at least it's not ambiguous!

"And of course sex complicates things even more. Will it get me in hot water to have a crush on someone but have a different person as my muse? Does spouse imply sweetheart, or do I have to explicilty declare that (perhaps on our 20th anniversary)? And should restrainingOrder be an edge or a node in this data model?"
"This obsession with modeling has led us into a social version of the Uncanny Valley, that weird phenomenon from computer graphics where the more faithfully you try to represent something human, the creepier it becomes. As the model becomes more expressive, we really start to notice the places where it fails."
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november 2011 by cluebucket
Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace -
"Smith has pinpointed the reason so much of what passes for intellectual debate nowadays is obscured behind a veneer of folksiness and sincerity and is characterized by an unwillingness to be pinned down. Where the craving for admiration and approval predominates, intellectual rigor cannot thrive, if it survives at all."
maud_newton  david_foster_wallace  writing  nytimes  trend  language  speech  word  internet  blog  slang  2011  2010s  postmodern  literature  geoff_dyer  a.o._scott  keith_gessen  zadie_smith  snoot  essay  irony  sincerity  straightforward  mark_twain  qualification  jacques_derrida  21st_century 
november 2011 by cluebucket
The No-Growth Trap | The National Interest
"Anti-immigrant agitation, racial and religious prejudice, rancorous public discourse, political stalemate and paralysis, eroding generosity toward the disadvantaged—all are the predictable pathologies that ensue from stagnating incomes and living standards... This latest round of such pathologies simply reminds us that even those societies whose citizens talk the best game of having advanced beyond caring about further gains in material living standards—the Dutch, the Swiss, even the Scandinavians—are no less subject to this familiar frustration than their more transparently materialistic American cousins."
nationalinterest  article  news  essay  politics  economy  benjamin_m._friedman  2011  2010s  recession  immigration  growth  wage  income  stagnation  stalemate  conflict  america  europe  japan  prejudice  jim_crow  policy  21st_century 
november 2011 by cluebucket
The Worst Addiction of Them All | The Nation
KV: "If Western Civilization were a person, we would be directing it to the nearest meeting of War-Preparers Anonymous. We would be telling it to stand up before the meeting and say, 'My name is Western Civilization. I am a compulsive war- preparer. I have lost everything I ever cared about. I should have come here long ago. I first hit bottom in World War I.' Western Civilization cannot be represented by a single person, of course, but a single explanation for the catastrophic course it has followed during this bloody century is possible. We the people, because of our ignorance of the disease, have again and again entrusted power to people we did not know were sickies."
thenation  writing  article  kurt_vonnegut  addiction  alcoholism  alcoholics_anonymous  president  addict  op-ed  war  anti-war  2007  criticism  essay  21st_century 
october 2011 by cluebucket
Self-Reliant Film » Blog Archive » The Pornography of the Real
Jill Godmilow: The “pornography of the real” involves the highly suspect, psychic pleasure of viewing “the moving picture real” … a powerful pornographic interest in real people, real death, real destruction and real suffering, especially of “others”, commodities in film. These “pleasures” are not brought to our attention...

P. Harrill: "I think of storytelling as a kind of citizenship, so I don’t blame people for wanting to know the stories unfolding in Blacksburg, nor do I blame journalists for telling those stories. Still, how one gathers the facts, why you gather them, and the way you tell them can’t be separated from the story you’re telling."
self-reliant_film  paul_harrill  virginia_tech  massacre  reality  disaster  writing  essay  2007  jill_godmilow  film  journalism  decency  victim  witness  tv  blacksburg  virginia  21st_century 
october 2011 by cluebucket

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