Issues I Learn That I Love #314: There Have been Many Days In Which A number of Folks Have been Typing
HI and welcome to Part 314 of Things I Read That I Love, where I share with you some of the longer-term journalism / essays I read recently so you can learn more about how the terrible stuff won !! This “column” is less feminist / queer than the rest of the site because if something is feminist / queer focused, I put it on the rest of the site. Here are the other things.
The title of this feature is inspired by the title of Emily Gould’s Tumblr, Things I Ate That I Love.
As mentioned in previous TIRTLs earlier this year, I again spend hours reading the New York Times and New York Magazine online, and I try very hard not to make this “NYT Biggest Hits”, BUT IT IS DIFFICULT. Do you know how many times a day I had to check my NYT app while the number was blocked? Like every two minutes?
Times Change, by Reeves Wideman for New York Magazine, November 2020
Cultural change in the New York Times, 2020. Fascinating for me, of course, curious whether it is equally interesting for people who are not in the media?
How the Horrible Stuff Won, by Tom Scocca for The New York Review of Books, November 2020
A book on Westboro Baptist Church and a book on online extremists and the hijacking of the American conversation have a similar impact on our new world of information bubbles and rampant fake news.
I saw my friend die on Facebook but it was all a GoFundMe scam by Ssarah Treleaven for OneZero, October 2020
It’s horrible to pretend you have cancer for all sorts of personal reasons to generate sympathy and get friends and family out of the money, but it also goes into a much broader breakdown of an essential social pact – one on which our standard position is believing people who ask You for help with their extraordinary circumstances or just plain bad luck.
The Spelling Bee’s Genius, by Deb Amien for the New York Times, October 2020
I also love this little game and it’s cute that there is a community!
The Sisterhood That Tried To Abolish Itself, by Brock Colyar for The Cut, October 2020
I think the strangest thing about rush like I experienced it (for one night before it was canceled) was, wow, is that still a thing? Nobody is upset about it?
Is there such a thing as right-wing extremist literature? by Andrew Marzoni for Aeon, October 2020
While the heirs of National Review Magazine and their more centrist allies wage hardcover and widespread cultural wars, the right-wing writers publish themselves on message boards, on Amazon, and as shared PDFs. Where their mainstream colleagues advocate the strict, ratio-centric rhetoric of their aristocratic ancestors, the poets of neo-fascism, the “Dark Enlightenment” and the old-right are proud and not worthy and crude and drive the spirit of irony they advocate TS Eliot, the arch-traditionalist of modernity, so extreme that the terms of literature and the merits of art seem secondary to the sincere and uncensored spread of hatred. Defining right literature means asking what literature is and what it is meant for, but the best available answers (beauty, truth, empathy, expression) are inconsistent with the means of conservatism if not with the perverse utopianism of its ultimate goals .
Shameless on Vacation, by Anna Silman for The Cut, October 2020
About the influencers and nomads who continued to travel internationally during the pandemic and did NOT apologize for it.
Tell-All, by Eda Gunaydin for The Sydney Review of Books, October 2020
About the pros and cons of the online confession.
I worry that this is a way of gaining a level of comfort with vulnerability that I actually lack. that I scream into space without having to receive feedback. In other words, I fear sharing too much means seeking the reward of being loved without submitting to the shameful ideal of being known. Deleting a tweet thread, but obliged not to read the replies. Post anonymously on my disposable item so I can say everything.
How Western Travel Influencers Tangled Up in Pakistani Politics, by Samira Shackle for The Guardian, November 2020
Travel bloggers and Instagram influencers have drawn attention to Pakistan as a tourist destination, but for a filmmaker, her destination in the country and her involvement in national politics is a lot of controversy and raises some questions!
Why Americans Turned To Nesting, by Amanda Mull for The Atlantic, Nov. 2020
We’re inside and now we care more about ourselves.
What is the point of truth when it destroys hope ?, By AJ Daulerio for The Small Bow, March 2020
Because one of the things I’ve learned to be sober since then is that it actually takes real self-sincerity and humility to properly qualify. Do you know when you can no longer be strictly honest with yourself? When you are one of the world’s most terrible defendants in a gigantic media trial.
Just the Facts, Ma’am, by Sjohnna McCray for The Tahoma Literary Review, Fall / Winter 2019
After his mother died 28 years ago since he last saw her, and after the pouring in and out of food and blood and so many other things –
When I was little, I saw her standing in an office, furiously scribbling her notes on paper until she filled every inch not only horizontally but also around the edges and along the edges. She would do that until she needed another blank sheet, and then – to document an invisible life – she left, at least not visible to me. Nobody understood her manifesto, but she would send my father to Kinkos to make 100 copies. No, 150. No, no, just get 100.
12 days on the most famous highway of them all: The Silk Road, over
Somehow, in quarantine, am I reading / looking more than ever about international trips to countries that I don’t know much about yet? Maybe I can do that without being jealous of people who can afford to go to these places because no one can go anywhere right now.
You’re My Gift This Year “: An Oral Story of the Inzager Incest Ad by Gabriella Paiella for GQ, December 2019
I think the headline more or less sums up the subject of this dive into a strange moment in television history.
Help with a slim kitchen, by Mariella Rudi for Healthy, October 2020
With Lean Cuisine, you never knew if you would burn your tongue or get a cold stain, but you could always count on it to make you feel bad.
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