I live near Philly and work in the museum world.
On Ta-Nehisi Coates on the N-word as "the border, the signpost that reminds us that the old crimes don’t disappear"
Oooh, that gave me chills. So good.
Two days in a row I have been a wreck thanks to links on the Hairpin!
...and I thank you sincerely for it. Time to hug the Mini Cube. Again.
On "The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"
@Clare Me too.
@commanderbanana I loved my self defense class, but in all honesty, my height on my driver's license is a lie. There are more than a few people who are meaningfully bigger than I am. So...I don't really expect it to do much good in real life.
That said, I really like your shark idea!
So...they're basically selling Spanx, right? Because I can't think of anything worse/more impossible to remove than those blasted "support" things. UGH SPANX NEVER AGAIN.
It's not a murse, it's a handtasche. Or so a very defensive friend tells me. Tee hee.
On "The Logic of Stupid Poor People," Or, the Only Thing Worth Reading About the Barneys "Shopping While Black" Arrests
@queenofbithynia Oh wow, thank you thank you thank you. I have heard this argument "Why do people shop at Walmart/Target/insert cheap-ass place here for clothes when they could buy something that will actually last at a better store??" Ummm, because they can't afford to. "But in the long run, it's cheaper!" But in the short run, maybe they'd like hot water. It especially irritates me coming from people who should "know better" - i.e. someone in particular that I'm thinking of, who actually did grow up poor and now has quite a bit of status/wealth. Hits me right in my rage centers.
On "The cost for each attendee: $4000. And that was after Tracy’s fiancé paid one night for everyone at the W hotel"
"Oh, these stories, with their veneer of structural normality—these propositions, marauding under "fun and friendship" rather than consumption as a shorthand for the same."
That should be underlined and in bold. It is my exact problem with all of these crazy shenanigans that are masqueraded in front of society as if they are normal. Pfft. Normal.
@Megasus Me too!!!
@OhMarie I am in the same (booze) boat. I mysteriously have both vodka and firefly in my freezer, but I don't drink either one. And yet I haven't poured them down the drain. I also have a 3/4 full bottle of Midori that I think might be over 7 years old. If I ever need to make a Molotov cocktail, that's the first bottle I'm using.