The pain and joy of the side hustle - Columbia Journalism Review
“Journalists are the most underpaid people in the knowledge economy, when you think about credentials and skills and people who can understand and analyze data, write stories, self-motivate, interview people, design,” Flood says.
journalism  work  jobs  writing  employment  career  publishing  media  newspapers 
5 days ago
Life, Death, and John Prine | Pitchfork
“I guess I just process death differently than some folks,” he admits. “Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you. And then you’re this great, awful candy bar, walking around in a pair of shoes.”
death  songwriting  emotions  happiness  country  folk  music 
7 weeks ago
What Does The Amazon Echo Look Mean For Personal Style? - Racked
Say it with me: I enjoy what I enjoy regardless of its potential for receiving likes, going viral, or being found acceptable by an algorithm.

Say it with me: I also do not deny that I am implicated, inexorably, in the Generic Style of my time.
technology  fashion  power  beauty  business  shopping 
7 weeks ago
Catapult | Writing Letters to Mao | Jennifer S. Cheng
All writers in some way compose love letters to their obsessions. A letter can be a document of deep ambivalences, contradictions, and silences, submerged in the complexities of shared and unshared histories. Or: a longing to locate two disparate points in an expanse of sky.
writing  china  asian  asianamerncan  memory  immigration  history  power 
7 weeks ago
Hanya Yanagihara: influential magazine editor by day, best-selling author by night | Books | The Guardian
The private,” she says, “becomes much more sharply private when you have a job, especially one that’s in the world. It reminds you on a daily basis of what people sound like, how they move, what their concerns are, how they think.”
news  work  magazines  writing  journalism  privacy 
7 weeks ago
Debut Author Snapshot: Alice Feeney (Author of Sometimes I Lie) March, 2018
Journalists are people who like telling stories, so it never surprises me when an author has that kind of background. They are also exposed to all the horrors of the world on a daily basis. Nothing my imagination could possibly conjure up would ever be worse than the things I have seen people do to one another in real life. So perhaps that is part of it—writing to try and make sense of a world that sometimes doesn't make any sense.
12 weeks ago
How to Draw a Black Guy
"The first tip is really easy, but people always struggle with it. Listen close. Avoid drawing these three types of characters (even if you're clever)."
art  comics  creativity  black  african  africa  howto 
march 2018
Am I Gay or Straight? Maybe This Fun Quiz Will Tell Me - The New York Times
Lost in the many hundreds of quizzes I had taken was the power of making my own choice. Finally, at 28, I realized I could, if I wanted, be different from the person I had been told I was.
relationships  identity  lgbt  love  dating 
march 2018
Unlearning Woody Allen | Jewish Currents
It’s a cop-out to say that the heart wants what it wants. We have to ask ourselves who taught the heart what it wants, and whether it’s capable of wanting something more.
film  cinema  relationships  feminism  writing  creativity  culture  power 
march 2018
The meaning of life, according to a spaceship | The Outline
I have a hard time accepting care, attention and love as good responses to these horrifying events. In the middle of disaster, what is caring other than false hope?
fiction  storytelling  science  scifi  books  love  relationships  life  space 
february 2018
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ director Martin McDonagh wasn’t made for these times | The Outline
Context is like a social compass. It guides our politics, our reasoning, our decisions to get mad at bad articles online, but its function in storytelling is a little less strict. So as to prevent looking like an idiot, we demand context to understand why things happen. Crucially, though, it’s not always an artist’s job to provide this for an audience.
movies  film  storytelling  creativity  social  cinema  oscars  theater 
february 2018
Interview with The Dears – Noisetrade Blog
One record I can listen over and over again is the Diana and Marvin record. I know they weren’t not married but that album has that dynamic and was a big inspiration behind Times Infinity. Beyond that I can’t really think of many or any couples in bands albums that are notable.
music  canada  indiemusic 
february 2018
The Feminist Pursuit of Good Sex - The New York Times
On it, she’d written this plain but transformative note: “Feminism is a vision of active freedom, of fulfilled desires, or it is nothing.”
feminism  sex  sexualharassment  sexassault  power  women  relationships 
february 2018
On Mourning Your Former Selves - Original Essay by Morgan Jerkins
I have disturbed myself: this is how I know that I have accomplished something grand. I have unraveled a part of myself, and my emotional and physiological responses demonstrate that what I have written is not trivial. And therefore, the title seems fitting: This is (in fact) my undoing.
time  memory  writing  storytelling  transparency  nonfiction  identity 
february 2018
A Conversation With Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali About 'The Monk of Mokha'
One day I walked into a specialty coffee shop and had a cup of naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region. I tasted blueberries, honeysuckle, and it had a sweet lingering aftertaste. The barista spoke to me about where it was grown, the elevation, varietal, how it was processed — but most of all, how their direct relationship to these growers make it possible for the farmers to make more money and live a better life. That part of it really became my entry point into the world of coffee.
coffee  drinking  africa  food  farming  culture  writing  nonfiction  books 
february 2018
Powell's Q&A: Elastic Realism and Political Fiction; or, A Conversation Between Anca Szilágyi and Susan DeFreitas
I’ll always remember what Kate Bernheimer said once, about how fairy tales are radical: sometimes you have to cut off a finger to use it as a key to get out of a locked room. 
writing  fiction  politics  storytelling  creativity 
february 2018
Ben H. Bagdikian, Reporter of Broad Range and Conscience, Dies at 96 - The New York Times
“Never forget,” he told his students at the outset, “that your obligation is to the people. It is not, at heart, to those who pay you, or to your editor, or to your sources, or to your friends, or to the advancement of your career. It is to the public.”
journalism  obituaries  washington  publishing  corporations  power  reporting  writing 
january 2018
“We stepped in and started doing it”: How one woman built an award-winning news outlet from her dining room table » Nieman Journalism Lab
“We had to shift from the idea of ‘We’re a traditional newspaper that covers everything’ to ‘We’re a niche publication that is going to — that can only do things that we have a revenue model for.'”
journalism  publishing  canada  environment  vancouver  911 
january 2018
Exploring the History of Afro-Mexicans - The New York Times
“Afro-Mexicans have been in limbo,” she said. “They are Mexican and have the same rights as anyone. But they are in a situation similar to indigenous people, having to deal with poverty, lack of education, and limited resources and development. But they have not had the help that the government gives to indigenous people.”
mexico  indigenous  african  photography  history 
january 2018
Divine Fits: The Unquiet Life :: Music :: Features :: Divine Fits :: Paste
“It’s a breakup song,” he admits. “I wrote it in about as long as it takes to play it. The guitar chords were floating around, and I wrote and recorded it up in my room at Britt’s place. Being in music—at least the way I’ve been doing it the last six or seven years—is like having a post with the Merchant Marines. You go out and you do your tour of duty. It’s different than quote-unquote civilian life. Sometimes people don’t want to do that forever.”
songwriting  indie  rock  relationships  music 
january 2018
Young designer aims to promote Egyptians' African roots
Unlike Shandaweely, who is proud of the African heritage of Egypt, most Egyptians do not fully understand that — geographically and culturally — they have African roots and that they are Africans. Some people may prefer to call themselves Arab or Middle Eastern, rather than African.

However, the Egyptian government has recently been trying to strengthen its ties with other African countries as well as introduce African art to the Egyptian public.
africa  egypt  fashion  beauty  history  arabic  middleeast 
january 2018
Jen Cloher on music and Courtney Barnett: ‘It’s been three years since I kissed envy goodbye’ | Music | The Guardian
“I lived my life outside of Catholic girls’ school largely as a boy … At Loreto [College], I was daily confused by the endless rules and protocol of being a young lady … I lived for the weekends when I could transform once again into that confident, sexy little man in black: John Cloher.”
australia  indie  rock  music  writing  songwriting  creativity 
january 2018
Jen Cloher review – a slow-burning masterpiece from a first-class songwriter | Music | The Guardian
It finishes with just Cloher and a few plucked acoustic guitar notes on Dark Art. It is the simplest and saddest of love songs, and beautiful in its selflessness. “The other side of love’s joy is shadow / Jealousy, fear, loss, anger, sorrow / If you never stay to sit in love’s shadow / A part of you will always be hollow.” Cloher, though, has surely sat in her love’s shadow long enough. This album is a masterpiece.
songwriting  indie  rock  australia 
january 2018
How I fell in love with the Go-Betweens | Pádraig Collins | Opinion | The Guardian
Seeing them for the first time was probably as close as I’ll ever get to a religious experience. Seeing them again a night later ran it close. They seemed blown away by the reception they got, particularly Grant, who after the third song said, almost as if to convince himself, “We’re the Go-Betweens.”
music  australia  indie  rock  love  songwriting 
january 2018
TCCC Unity: A New Coke Classic - Print Magazine
The most important thing today for a brand is not the content that it talks about, but how it talks about it. The typeface becomes a critical part of that voice and DNA, with consistency, authenticity and believability becoming paramount requirements.
marketing  beverages  language  business  story  storytelling  reputation  authority 
january 2018
Blade Runner 2049: Writer Michael Green Shares On-Set Journal - Thrillist
A spoiler: The first line of dialogue spoken in Blade Runner 2049 is “Hope you don’t mind me taking the liberty.” It wasn’t scripted that way. But movie dialogue is clay to be molded and moved around. That this bit of clay landed where it did gives me joy -- a private joke, shared by all who were offered a chance to continue the story told in one of the most revered films of all time and said, "Sure."
movies  film  writing  creativity  language 
january 2018
The year we wanted the internet to be smaller - The Verge
“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political,” Laing concludes. “Loneliness is collective; it is a city.” The vast digital metropolis of the internet — that place that was supposed to make us feel never alone — failed us this year; we built what we needed on its outskirts.
internet  attention  identity  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia  email  humor 
january 2018
BBC - Travel - The confusing way Mexicans tell time
While in most Spanish-speaking countries the addition of the diminutive ‘ita’ to an adverb like ahora (meaning ‘now’) would strengthen it to indicate immediacy (i.e. ‘right now’), this is not the case in Mexico. Dr Company explained that Mexicans instead use the diminutive form to break down the space between the speaker and the listener and lessen formality. In this case of ‘ahorita’, the addition of the diminutive reduces urgency rather than increasing it – a difference that can be extremely confusing for foreigners.
mexico  time  language  attention  presence  spanish 
january 2018
BBC - Travel - How Italians influenced a South American dialect
Lunfardo spread through everyday conversation, and it wasn’t long before the slang started appearing in literature, journalism and even theatre. But it was the birth of the tango-canción (tango song) that cemented lunfardo’s role in Argentinian culture.
language  argentina  southamerica  spanish  immigration  hiphop  music  creativity 
january 2018
BBC - Travel - The surprising origin of Argentina’s brazen pastry names
Now when I visit my favourite Buenos Aires cake shop and order a bag full of friar’s balls and little cannons, I know I’m not only about to enjoy something sweet with my café con leche, but I’m also honouring a fight for equality.
argentina  food  history  politics  anarchism  labor  language  southamerica  immigration 
january 2018
The True Story of "The Greatest Showman on Earth" | History | Smithsonian
“He had these new ways of making racism seem fun and for people to engage in activities that degraded a racially subjected person in ways that were intimate and funny and surprising and novel,” says Reiss. “That’s part of his legacy, that’s part of what he left us, just as he also left us some really great jokes and circus acts and this kind of charming, wise-cracking ‘America’s uncle’ reputation. This is equally a part of his legacy.”
race  entertainment  history  usa  marketing  capitalism  politics  movies  film 
december 2017
The Economics Of Getting Heard: Guest Op-Ed | Billboard
When choice is unlimited, the authentic and the intangible become most valuable. Putting out a great record is the required start, but building and maintaining the conversation is -- more than ever before -- paramount to getting your music heard.
music  economics  attention 
november 2017
Ask Polly: ‘I Hate Men.’
But even as the sky falls, know that you are the decider. Feel that in your heart. Yes, you’re broken and the world is exploding. But you’re still alive. You’ve been staring into a tiny diorama instead of seeing the gorgeous, windy, overheated horizon right in front of your eyes. Step onto this broad landscape, feel the hot wind in your hair, and know that you are powerful beyond measure.
feminism  relationships  power  men  women  family  advice 
november 2017
Net Shop Boys — Real Life
Grailed is an aperture, albeit a narrow one, into how men negotiate their masculinity, how they resolve their bodies with the world. The quirks in their performance, where I can find them, act as ruptures in a gender that’s mythologized as self-evident, never practiced, never learned. These holes are doors. They are a way in.
clothing  fashion  men  power  shopping  business  internet  gender 
november 2017
'Blade Runner 2049': Why some science fiction writers are tired of dystopias - CSMonitor.com
“The utility dystopian fiction used to serve was to bring problems to our attention and seek solutions. But the danger is that these stories can become a collective act of despair in response to current events.”
story  fiction  movies  attention  aesthetics  sciencefiction  scifi 
october 2017
The Media Has A Probability Problem | FiveThirtyEight
The reason is not because the world is highly predictable or because data can solve every problem, but because human judgment is more fallible than most people realize — and being more disciplined and rigorous in your approach can give you a fighting chance of getting the story right. The world isn’t one where things always turn out exactly as we want them to or expect them to. But it’s the world we live in.
statistics  journalism  elections  polls  mathematics  politics  media 
september 2017
the fear is necessary
People who read a lot of internet news might feel like they're in danger; people living in these areas actually live and experience daily danger. But just as Trump isn't concerned about facts, he's not concerned about that experience. The fear is necessary; it, along with the refusal to believe that the world has and will continue to change, is his power source. Eliminate it, and there'd be no need for him. 
journalism  attention  power  internet  media  politics 
september 2017
Tender Photos of Black Men That Redefine Masculinity - VICE
There is a refusal embedded in my pictures, but also my use of shadow and light, and decisions about display, points to me as a black male taking ownership of signifying the beauty and possibility of these bodies.
art  photography  african  BlackLivesMatter  beauty  men 
september 2017
On Indian Minimalism | Vestoj
Which begs the question, what are the aesthetics of an emerging post-colonial economy? And when something different from what we expect arises, why don’t we have the interpretative frameworks to understand its nuances?
fashion  minimalism  journalism  aesthetics  economics  beauty  india 
september 2017
The Price Tag of Being a Woman | Literary Hub
“You have gray hair,” he whispered, with alarm and not a little judgment. “I know,” I said and told him how much I was looking forward to a flowing mane of white a few years down the road. “It’s such a shame,” he replied. “I see young women come into my office with gray hair, and they just look so old.” My usefulness as a woman summed up in a moment.
hair  beauty  power  feminism  fashion  style  economics  capitalism 
july 2017
The strange alienation of being a Latina who loves hiking - Vox
I like the dirt, I like the aches, I like the freedom. I like the moment when I first unzip my tent and see the morning. I like the way my coffee tastes when I’m hovering over my mug and sitting on a log. I like the feeling of carrying everything I need for the week on my back.
outdoors  exercise  latino  latinos  latinamerica  latinx 
july 2017
On the Political Value of Fashion | JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد
Refusing to engage with the politics of fashion does not allow you to be any less political—it just makes you silent. At a time we cannot afford to be.

Engage with your clothing. Be intentional and meaningful with what you choose to convey—and how you choose to do it.
fashion  identity  curation  power  politics  aesthetics 
july 2017
The Grays of Our Lives - Racked
The color is a coping strategy built on cultivated ambivalence; not the lack of a moral compass, but the flexibility to persist in challenging circumstances, to speak louder by choosing when and how to speak. Ultimately, it symbolizes a kind of freedom.
gray  fashion  power 
july 2017
New label Ifeoma takes a menswear approach to womenswear | Dazed
My mum’s favourite colours were blue and black, but when I think about a grey area, it’s an area you are refusing to acknowledge or a space you don’t understand. It’s something between here and there, neither to be accepted nor ignored. It’s just there. I thought, focusing on that grey makes sense.
gray  fashion  women  design  beauty  creativity 
july 2017
The Suit | Vestoj
A suit isn’t merely a uniform, traditionally made of one fabric. It is, if one is a believer in the power of style, a sly opportunity to play with notions of passing while also signaling dissent.
fashion  men  work  power  sex  gender  career 
july 2017
The Beat Generation: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima look back at an American cultural movement - Washington Post
More than a half-century after their emergence, the Beats still offer up wild style, a sense of freedom and wonder for the natural world almost unrivaled in postwar literature. But their work has perhaps been more misinterpreted than nearly any literary group in history — partially because there was no consistent ideology binding them. As Ferlinghetti put it succinctly: “The Beat Generation was just Allen Ginsberg’s friends.”
arts  poetry  1950s  1960s  sanfrancisco  bayarea  writing  history  literature  california 
july 2017
Is Streetwear the New Americana? - Fashionista
"There is a lot of interesting variations because this country is not monocultural or monotonic," says Clark. "That's what has been fascinating about this country in the last 100 years. It has been truly multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial and that is also embedded in different takes in Americana."
fashion  usa  sports  style  culture  ethnicity  race  power 
july 2017
Maria Balshaw, the first woman at the top of the Tate: 'We need to speak to the whole of society' | Art and design | The Guardian
“I would like them to feel that they’d seen the most adventurous art, been part of a conversation about what that art is and to feel comfortable, which seems like an easy word, but it really isn’t. We absolutely need to be speaking to the whole of our society.”
art  museums  uk  black  feminism  curation  community  london 
july 2017
Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”
“I think we have to be very cognizant of the unintended consequences, but also acknowledge them and then design them out–make sure that we are ethically designing,” he says. “This is the slowest technology will ever progress ever again in your life. It’s only speeding up. So what are we going to do as designers to bring that element in all the time?”
technology  design  ethics  future  apple  google  beauty  mobile  business 
july 2017
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: Why Hufflepuff is the best house — Quartz
When a battle comes to Hogwarts in the final book of the series, she explains, Hufflepuffs stay and fight not because they want glory or attention, but because they want to do what’s right. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless,” she says. “That’s the essence of the Hufflepuff house.”
books  novels  reading  ethics  behavior  identity 
june 2017
Monocle's View From Nowhere | New Republic
Capital, and with it cultural capital, floods to the place where it can most efficiently reproduce itself, places that Monocle takes pains to identify and share.
magazines  marketing  business  economics  style  fashion  globalization  publishing 
june 2017
How to Have Your Dream Vacation in Iceland
But how could you begrudge someone the Iceland of their mind? How could you say that someone else’s desire is less real than your own, even if you live there?

We should all be asking ourselves what the Iceland of our minds is, and we should all be looking for ways to find it.
travel  iceland  europe  usa 
june 2017
I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
june 2017
Masha Gessen On Trump, Russia, and ‘How Pride Is Political’ | Village Voice
“I’m very much in favor of being alarmist in regards to Trump,” she says. “That’s quite different from conspiracy thinking.”
politics  storytelling  lgbt  elections  russia  power  congress 
june 2017
I Am Not a Fish Dating a Bird | G’Ra Asim
Ascribing some kind of nobility to the choice not to date a black woman if you’re a black person or not to date an Asian man if you’re an Asian person is more likely to play into existing stigmas than ameliorate them.
race  dating  relationships  marriage  power  love  ethnicity  black  religion  asianamerican 
june 2017
You have less friends as you get older, and you spend more time alone, according to the data — Quartz
Hours spent in the company of children, friends, and extended family members all plateau by our mid-50s. And from the age of 40 until death, we spend an ever-increasing amount of time alone.
age  life  aging  science  research  health  friendship  relationships  marriage 
june 2017
It All Started Here: The Gay Legacy of GQ | GQ
“That’s how I became aware of Bruce, through GQ,” says Klein. “I loved what he was doing. I thought he had a wide appeal, beyond straight or gay. With him we were able to show women and men in a sexy way.”
fashion  men  gay  lgbt  magazines  photography  style 
june 2017
Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation
“My mother was a dictionary,” he began. “She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her.”
americanindian  seattle  washingtonstate  memory  poetry  writing  language 
june 2017
America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic - The New York Times
“Listen, I know I can’t be there night and day for everyone. But at this point now, I feel like I can’t lose another young man to this disease.”
hiv  aids  mississippi  black  disease  health  politics 
june 2017
Heyday — ABC Oakland
A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!”
Oakland  books  children  reading  sanfrancisco 
june 2017
California Über Alles | Ann Friedman
"Believe me, I understand the temptation to separate yourself: it’s true that I am different from the people I grew up with who chose to stay in Iowa. Part of that difference is, now, an economic and cultural advantage. So I have a dual responsibility: to see that California actually makes good on its professed values, and to ensure that those values incorporate the rest of America. Refusing to rationalize elite neglect is the real rebellion."
california  usa  president  politics  iowa  economy  jobs  work  behavior 
june 2017
This article is worthless – Andrew Dunn – Medium
"Chasing page views is a losing battle. Building a stable of committed, enthusiastic subscribers is the only way to sustain a news product in the Internet era. Journalists who are able to help do this will become increasingly valuable."
journalism  audience  writing  media  newspapers  news 
june 2017
Apple marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is joining Uber as its chief brand officer - Recode
I’m a change agent. I enjoy telling stories of brands at moments in time that [they] are going to change culture and I firmly believe that Uber is going to do that.”
labor  apple  corporations  marketing 
june 2017
Sharp rise in African American opioid overdoses has Cleveland officials worried - The Washington Post
“I think it’s very reasonable for drug dealers to say, ‘We have this untapped market that is something we could reach out into with fentanyl as well.’ ”
drugs  black  ohio  death  cleveland 
june 2017
Building Diversity: The People That Analytics Often Leaves Behind - Knowledge@Wharton
“So it’s almost like they’re saying to me, ‘Hmm, if there were more of you, we could tell you why there are so few of you.’ Now who sounds crazy, right?”
diversity  business  corporations  black  asianamerican  latinx 
june 2017
We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem
"Introducing women into a discipline can be seen as empowerment for women," Ensmenger says. "But it is often seen by men as a reduction of their status. Because, historically speaking, the more women in a profession, the lower paid it is."
computing  gender  labor  code  women  men 
june 2017
Can These Pornographers End 'MILFs,' 'Teens,' and 'Thugs'?
"A similar reading could well apply to the categorized world of mainstream porn. To consume online porn often entails playing a rough and reductive language game."
language  sex  power  film  movies 
june 2017
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