The conundrum of the immigrant child—at one point summarized by a friend of Daisy Hernández as failing one’s parents by becoming too much like them and on the other hand failing them by becoming too different from them—is rendered discursively yet accessibly in her memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed. Hernández looks back on her childhood growing up in an immigrant Latino family, where the expectation was that she would uphold the traditions and values of her Cuban/Colombian parents, while assimilating and thriving in the straight, white, middle-class culture that surrounded her. She reflects on her struggle to make sense of the competing expectations of her family, [...]
"He was one of the most notorious criminals in New York’s recent history, whose execution-style murder of two undercover police officers led a jury to issue the first federal death sentence in the city in more than a half century. She was a lonely correction officer, assigned to guard the cell block at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he was being held." —Together, they made a…
"A few tables away, a distinguished-looking middle-aged man patiently waits for the actress. He has a stack of presents for her." —So ends the first paragraph of this week's New York Times Magazine feature, "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie." I've been sitting here trying to think of a less crass/more nuanced way of describing what I'm feeling, but I can't: this article is seriously almost giving me an orgasm.
An Open Letter to The New York Times Dear Editors of The New York Times,
I am compelled to write to you after reading your short-sighted article about the gentrification of Brooklyn in last week’s issue. The article reminded me I need to update the address on my subscription account, as I have recently moved. Please see my account number and updated address included below.
Sincerely, Susan Borowksi
An Open Letter to Emma Watson Regarding Her UN Speech Dear Ms. Watson,
Well, the internet certainly has a lot of thoughts regarding your “game-changing” speech about gender equality to the UN. Mainstream feminists certainly gobbled it up and have been [...]
"One of the world's most trusted sources for news is back up, after an internal outage knocked it out for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The New York Times' main site and mobile app went down a little after 11 a.m. ET, when users who tried to visit received a 'Service Unavailable' message." -NPR
1. David Brooks has been secretly working on a musical called Thinking About Poverty and Inequality In General Leads Me To Make Whimsical Sounding Snorts and the massive synthesizer he now has in his office went to 11 and then, their internet broke, somehow.
2. Maureen Dowd was trying to make up a good nickname for [...]
If there’s a genre of song more insidious than the Song For Women, it’s something like the Song For Men About Women. The Song For Men About Women is a song that tells men what is wrong with female behavior, in language that the majority of men, one would hope, would never dream of using in front of the woman whose behavior is being criticized.
In this week’s New York Times, music critic Jon Caramanica takes on The Song For Men About Women, in a piece that admittedly tries to go beyond the Man Explains trope, but ultimately falls victim to it. (Criticism of The Song [...]
Author Katherine Boo tells the The New York Times today what she'll read when she goes to bed tonight, the best book she read recently, her favorite childrens' books, good books out of India, the last book that made her laugh and the last one that made her cry, the best love story she's ever read, and what aspiring journalists ought to read. She should write one of these.
American Idol premiered last night and it was boring, they definitely didn't meet the winner yet, and Nicki Minaj is… not the sweetest lady, it turns out. Anyway, who wants to karaoke?