"'Caution,' 'questions,' 'sensitive' — these are all apparently synonyms for willful disregard for facts, which is a curious fit for journalism schools, institutions that purportedly train people how to report what they know."
— Opinion: Why it’s so disappointing that j-schools are panicking over Ebola | Poynter. (via onaissues)
"Looking back on purchases made, experiences make people happier than do possessions. It’s kind of counter to the logic that if you pay for an experience, like a vacation, it will be over and gone; but if you buy a tangible thing, a couch, at least you’ll have it for a long time. Actually most of us have a pretty intense capacity for tolerance, or hedonic adaptation, where we stop appreciating things to which we’re constantly exposed. iPhones, clothes, couches, et cetera, just become background. They deteriorate or become obsolete. It’s the fleetingness of experiential purchases that endears us to them. Either they’re not around long enough to become imperfect, or they are imperfect, but our memories and stories of them get sweet with time. Even a bad experience becomes a good story."
— Buy Experiences, Not Things - The Atlantic
Would we ever think to ask if this is a golden age for men essayists? Is it even credible to use the phrase “men essayists”? Why does it sound incorrect in a way that “women essayists” doesn’t? And why does a writer like me — female, feminist, familiar with the discreet and overt forms of sexism in the literary world and beyond — bristle when presented with such a query, one undoubtedly intended to celebrate rather than diminish the achievements of a category of people I admire and to which I belong?
Probably because I’m of the opinion that as long as we still have reason to wedge “women” as a qualifier before “essayist,” the age is not exactly golden. And yet it’s hard to deny there’s something afoot. Essayists who happen to be women are having a banner year.
In a spectacular New York Times op-ed, Cheryl Strayed – herself a phenomenal essayist – considers the alleged golden age of “women essayists.”
Also see – for no discussion of the subject is complete without it – Ursula K. Le Guin’s spectacular piece on being a man.
"It’s not like astronauts are braver than other people; we’re just meticulously prepared. We dissect what it is that’s going to scare us, and what it is that is a threat to us and then we practice over and over again so that the natural irrational fear is neutralized."
Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth
We could use some of this guy’s attitude for Ebola response, no?
"It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she tells Kashner. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."
— Jennifer Lawrence Calls Photo Hacking a “Sex Crime” | Vanity Fair
"Six seasons in, however, I’ve become weary of evangelizing for the show. Recently, I had lunch with an entirely charming TV maker, who was educated and intelligent about many forms of television but had never watched “The Good Wife,” because, he admitted with a shrug, he perceived it as being “for women.” Although he was a fantastic lunch companion, he’s dead now."
“The Good Wife” ’s Thrilling Transformation
Emily Nussbaum forever.
"Don’t you dare
For someone else’s comfort -
Do not become small
For people who refuse to grow."
— m.v., Advice to my future daughter, #2. (via getoffyourfeetandmakethiscount)