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On A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Well, the StL County PD and the FBI are handling the investigation of Mike Brown's murder, but the militarization of the police force in the area is just making things worse. I grew up in the neighboring town, and plenty of my friends and their families still live in Ferguson. It just seems like nothing can make it better or back to normal, at least not yet. It's like Halloween or New Year's - plenty of people are taking this and twisting it into an opportunity to act like hooligans, when the goal of most people who live and work in the area is fixing the system and getting justice for what happened to Mike Brown.

All my social media feeds are full of firsthand accounts/pictures/video of the happenings in and around Ferguson, but I am so thankful that Jia is keeping this community informed and updated through the Hairpin.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:14 am 1

On The Best Time I Ate Saladcake on a Dare to Win a Prom Date

Oof, right in the awkward high-school-aged feels. Lovely read.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm 2

On #Ferguson

I grew up in one of the towns next to Ferguson (Florissant) and have been hearing from friends about the discrepancies between the reports from police, media, witnesses, and even onlookers about what's happening on the ground right now. I just hope that the video evidence that supposedly exists is released so we can see for ourselves what happened, and that the Brown family can get some justice for their son's death.

Sometimes it seems like the world really is headed to hell in a handbasket.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:26 am 0

On The Instagrammers of the Bay Area Femme Cartel

This is super cool. I especially love the paper fliers. As a photographer and employee in and around the NYC art world, I have become super jaded. I haven't been to a show in a million years save for the ones I produce, because ughhhh. But I would go to this one.

And for editors of the site: the HTML in the final Beyond Breakfast and Selfies link is busted.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:55 am 0

On Ask a Jeweler: A Buyer’s Guide to Diamonds

I love Ask A Jeweler! This is great and informative, and now I am looking at a bunch of sparkly jewelry.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm 1

On When You're Unemployed

This is amazing. But wait, people actually get responses back when they're looking for a job? The most I have gotten lately is a form rejection by a robot. Most places don't send anything, much less a "You're so great, but..." email. I'd probably be just as psyched to get confirmation that anyone actually looked at my (painstakingly crafted) cover letter and/or resume as I would if I got an actual job offer.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm 2

On Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

This piece rules. And no, lots of numbers@twitter, freedom of religion does not mean you get to impose your religious beliefs on other people.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:03 am 1

On 36 Hours in San Antonio If You’re From There

The phone numbers are an amazing, accurate touch (yes, I called the Starbucks just to see).

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm 0

On Talking to Misty Copeland About Race, Class and Ballet

Misty is everywhere lately! She was great on Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! This is awesome.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:22 am 0

On “What do Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce have in common?”

@rebecca the brave: Madeline, I'm also the firstborn in my entire family (though one older cousin came into the family by marriage when I was 4), and I have also only ever dated firstborns/only children. Not sure if there's a kind of firstborn radar, or if confidence, ambition, and intelligence really do run from the top down, but there it is.

For anecdotal evidence: I am definitely more qualified and ambitious than my younger siblings (save possibly for my dad's son; he is kind of obsessive about fitness and going into military service), but still haven't really made much of myself in comparison to, like, most of my friends (also generally firstborns).

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:05 am 0