Posts Tagged: jia tolentino

Jia on the Difference Between ALS and Ferguson

As we wake up to news of more arrests and another tense night of protests in Ferguson, Jia's beautiful and honest piece on the difference between ALS Ice Bucket Challenges and what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri in Time addresses the difference in our responses via social media:

For both social media movements, sharing implies responsibility. We are complicit, by our inaction, in the lack of a working cure. But the tacit acknowledgment that there is blame to be shared and apportioned in Ferguson cuts much deeper and stops right at a telling, crucial boundary. We can’t call our friends to action on a target that remains [...]


The Women of Our Year

We salute you, Robin Griffin, Wendy Davis, writers of dinosaur erotica, Kreayshawn, Diane Martel, Adele Exarchopolous, Erykah BaduEmily M. Keeler, Nancy Silberkleit, our mothers and role models and newlywed lovers and really you guys, all of our friends.


12 Books to Creep Yourself Out With

A non-expert's suggestions for books that are fun to read/reread whenever you want the chills. 

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Steven Millhauser, We Others: New & Selected Stories

This is one of my favorite books, as lucid and eerie as a diorama; as Jonathan Lethem says, Millhauser's style is "coolly feverish, drawing equally on Nabokovian rapture, Borgesian enigma and the plain-spoken white-picket-fence wistfulness of Sherwood Anderson." We Others covers a lot of territory—futurist nightmare, teenage romance with a Bataille-esque hint of sexual horror, Victorian inventors, Escherian funhouses, small-town disappearances and mysteries—but throughout, it's consistently enchanted, and remarkably kind. Here's a [...]


Five New Yorker Writers Explain the Fate of Huell from Breaking Bad

Five days have passed since the Breaking Bad series finale, and one question lingers: What happened to Huell? The bodyguard was last seen in a safe house, waiting for his rescue. Here, we imagine five New Yorker writers' theories on his fate.

Patricia Marx

Oh, to be a person of such stature to require a person of even more commanding stature: a bodyguard! A friend of mine who teaches Tumblr to babies (DUMBLO, $75/class), had recently come into the way of some death threats; I called him to inquire. "One thing that's great about teaching classes for babies," he said, [...]


10 Famous Quotes Recast For the Beyoncé-Solange Situation

Inspired by Butch Rosser.


Pass the Cranberry Chodes: Christmas, According to a December 1951 Copy of Woman's Day

Are you ready for this? I wasn't. But I'm also not ready to face the reality that Christmas is in two weeks and I don't have presents for anyone yet. Rather than sensibly consider the very near future, let's strap ourselves down for a second and think about the past with this 62-year-old Christmas issue of Woman's Day, which shall guide us through the holiday season like an old-timey lantern fueled not with kerosene but with medium-grade crack.

So how does the holiday spirit look in 1951? First, like a G.E. clock called "The Clansman":

And a thirty-year-old dude carrying a Santa bag full of cigarettes, who's [...]


Interview with a Pastor on Spiritual Grammar, Mysticism and Coming Out

Sean Lanigan is soon to be ordained in the Episcopal Church and is building a new spiritual community for young adults in Long Beach, California:

So we’re meeting because you went to Yale Divinity School with Jessica Misener!

Yes! Divinity school was interesting. Great, and interesting, and everyone was having crises all the time, including me. I’d come out when I was 16, and all throughout college I was trying to figure out my relationship with God. Everyone said, “Go to divinity school and you’ll figure it out.” And of course, divinity school is both a really good and really bad place [...]


A Conversation with Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a writer for The Daily Beast whose work has also appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, The Nation and the Washington Post. He is also somewhat of a lightning rod for ideologues: you might've seen his debate with Buzz Bissinger on NYMag, any number of people in his face on Twitter, etc. I’ve wanted for a long time to talk to Jamelle about writing, racial and political dialogue, the discursive practices of the internet—and how he manages to handle all of those things with great unflappability, grace and humor. (His Twitter bio states, "The real racist.") We talked on the phone [...]


Interview with a Santeria Priestess

Caridad is a 33-year-old teacher who lives in Los Angeles. Were you raised in a religious tradition? Not really. If anything, Buddhist. My grandma was a white Jewish lady who converted to Buddhism when she married my grandpa, a Japanese guy. She actually became a Zen priest herself later in life. In the Kalama Sutta, the Buddha discouraged blind dogma to any tradition—including Buddhism—so my family is very supportive of my religious choice.

When and how did you get interested in Santeria? My late teens. I learned about it because of a project I did in community college in Oakland, a class called “Art and Thought in [...]


Mouthwatering Recipes from the March 1950 Issue of McCall's

I picked up this March 1950 issue of McCall's magazine in a thrift store a few weeks back and it's a real delight. There's an advice column written by Eleanor Roosevelt (sample question: "Why is it necessary to have guards around President Roosevelt's grave?", which she answers by saying, "I have nothing to do with the management of the government property at Hyde Park"), as well as an Ask the Doctor feature (sample question: "Is measles a dangerous disease?", which the doctor answers, "Yes. Measles can be a serious disease. Don't say, 'It's nothing but measles'").

There are also three short stories (here's the amazing subhed of one [...]