I haven't finished reading this yet, only got through the intro, but I had to come down here right away to say I would be VERY interested in a self-care reading list. You mention Susan Sontag, Eartha Kitt, Ruth Asawa—all, and Jean Rhys. Do you think you could put together a list of books that helped you? I know this isn't what this column is really about about, but I would love some book recommendations.
@Rebecca Daniells@facebook Even nestled in these other borderline insulting adjectives (especially for hairpin readers!) I think the "covert Christian" thing isn't so much a jab at Christians but an example of another way that the successful beauty blogging ladies must remain inoffensive. A girl outspoken on any religious view, from fundamentalist to atheist, could not fall into the category of a Nice Girl Who Likes Things. Whereas a covert Christian has the power to appeal to both those religious and not.
I'm now worried my fiance is going to leave me because he read all those stories and realized that by just being a normal fucking human he could date everyone.
It's like the negging is done for you!
@bureaucrab Haha I love this. Like trying to take a dick daguerreotype?
Raising my hand on loving this feature SO. MUCH.
Perhaps someone has done this and I have missed it, but I would LOVE to see a skit that transports the type of crap that happens via texting in pre-texting eras. As in, it's 1973, and a guy actually calls, barely speaks in sentences, and ends every statement with "haha" or "lol." Or better yet, it's 1873 and some dude takes and develops a selfie and sends it in the post.
By yeah-elle on Friday Open Thread
guys guys guys
i dunno if you've been following my friday open thread ongoing saga of my brain-eating crush on a friend...but anyway, after ages of agonizing and chickening out, i FINALLY ASKED HIM OUT. and he said yes!!!
i chose perhaps the most embarrassing, ridiculous way to do it, though. we were hanging out and when we parted ways, he went to a cafe, and about 2 minutes after saying goodbye, i was like, nope, i can't do this anymore. so i went to the cafe, busted through the door, tapped him on the shoulder, and was like WANNAGOOUTONADATEWITHME. hahahaughh wow it's lucky he said yes.
anyway our date is tomorrow and i'm about to expire from nervousness and excitement even though i've seen him twice since i asked him out and there's a lot of shy smiling at each other and general giddiness, phew.
@leonstj I had a fantastic prof in school who had us read a ton of feminist criticism of Hemingway and I'm ever after disappointed by the easy popular dismissal of Hemingway as nothing but macho bullshit. There's lots to dislike about the man personally but so much of his writing is in fact all about the limits and sorrows of the patriarchy for men and women, about the substitution of violence for engagement with life, nature and love. I still find him terribly relevant.
@MashaNigel That's a ridiculously distorted representation, though. For starters, she writes about pretty much everyone (adults and strangers too), it's her observations both good and bad (and in-between), and a huge part of the plot is her dealing with the fallout from when (spoiler alert!) another girl takes the notebook and reads it out loud to their entire class.
Also, I'd like to meet the person who kept a notebook/journal/diary when they were 11 and didn't ever write something unkind about a peer.
What an awful, snarky article. I really hope the writer hasn't read any of those works since she actually was a kid, because her interpretations are so far off.
Let me just say, that growing up in my family's tiny, thin-walled, centipede-infested walkup, the adventures of Eloise--who had free reign of a fancy hotel, didn't have chores or go to school, and got to jet off to fabulous places like Paris, and never had to fall asleep listening to her parents fight about money down the hall--were a wonderful escape. Excuse me for a being a sad kid with fantasies. (Honestly, Eloise was what I graduated to when I got a little old for princesses and magic.) I also am pretty sure she's intended to come off as bratty and entitled, at least to adults. Like, I am 100% positive that at no point was Kay Thompson like "yes, I have just created the best, most inclusive role model!"
Also, you don't get throw around words like classism and then go on to reduce the central issue of To Kill a Mockingbird to fucking boredom. That's right, folks, the whole court case Scout's father gets involved in is just a red herring!