Half Dozen the Other: Kids, Faces, and Saving Both

Six(ish) things I’ve enjoyed this week (-and-a-half-ish)

Summer Listens #4 I’m loving this summer series from On the Media that digs up fun stories from the archives. This episode is a delightful history of the corporate anthem. (Don’t miss the ending!)

The Children of Strangers An impressively empathetic portrait in last week’s New Yorker of a family that adopted some 20 kids.

Food for Thought Follow-ups to Will Saletan’s tremendous Slate piece about GMO detractors.

The Makeup Tax The Atlantic summarizes how and why makeup-wearing ladies seem to have more career success than their bare-faced sistren.

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed I started listening to Jon Ronson’s new book via Audible on a long car trip this past weekend. Ronson is a great storyteller and dogged reporter. For a tidy preview, check out this On the Media segment.

The Problem We All Live With This American Life doing what it does best. I’ve always loved their reporting on education, which is a topic dear to Ira Glass himself. This is a striking two-parter, of which I’ve only heard the first half, but can’t wait to jump into the second.

Half Dozen the Other: Money, Carpet, and Emily Gould

Six(ish) things I’ve enjoyed this week.

Are you a gentrifier? A funny gutpunch of an interactive from Slate.

Carpet is Mungers I leapt on this essay—which I found via Emily Gould’s great blog post, “Pregnancy is Mungers”—because 1. What is this Mungers? 2. I love Meghan Daum. 3. I’m like a moth to a flame with any piece that has “class issue” in its title. I have a piece brewing about this, too.

GeoGuessr A favorite mental-break-from-work game if you’re like me and like to Street View daydream your way around the world.

What My Novel Cost Me I was on a bit of an Emily Gould kick this week.

Now the Times Wants You to Put Peas in Your Tequila, Too So the NYT Magazine is trolling us with this one, right? Cue Pea-nado 2: The Second One.

It Follows Passes its Score on to Psycho and Vice Versa I love horror movies and It Follows is one of the best to come out in a decade. Go see it. Then, watch this soundtrack switcheroo with Psycho.

Life is short. Don’t get outed by Gawker.

The latest rumpus to whip through the media, spawning dozens of think-pieces (like this one), is the hacking of Ashley Madison, a sort of alternative dating site whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” Hackers broke into the Canadian website two weeks ago and threatened to expose its 37 million users’ personal information.

One of the think-pieces I bothered to read on this topic was this one by Dan Savage. I’m a big fan of Savage’s. I listen to his podcast, the Savage Lovecast, weekly (as a Magnum subscriber, no less), this topic is squarely within his beat, and I often agree with his take on national issues. In this particular case, though, I found a sticking point in Savage’s argument that I think deserves consideration. Continue reading Life is short. Don’t get outed by Gawker.

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Might as well dive in. I started this blog for a few reasons:

  1. To have a place to put some pieces I’ve been chipping away at (and motivation to finish and publish those pieces).
  2. To force myself to write more regularly.
  3. To be less terrible at and uncomfortable with self-promotion.

I haven’t really found my beat yet, but I suppose that’s a perk to writing for yourself (for free): you don’t have to dig into a single niche. I like writing about music, language, media, and some current events, which is consistent with my liberal-arts background: I studied Chinese in undergrad and Spanish in grad school, I almost accidentally minored in music in college, and I am more of a dabbler than an expert (hence, no beat). At the moment, I work in PR at my day job, where I landed after a short stint in tech.

We’ll see how this evolves. I hope you enjoy my blog(viation).