Briallen Hopper on How to Be Single is hilarious.
Speaking of being single, usually I hate articles about single women or women in general "having it all," and so on (remember when The Atlantic declared “The End of Men”? HAHAHAHAHAHA oh wait, that’s NOT TRUE AT ALL), but Rebecca Traister’s piece in New York magazine was smart and thought provoking. I do wonder if perhaps it’s more accurate to say that we are becoming politically powerful, but Traister herself notes that the world she’s describing is not “likely to happen quickly, especially not with a Republican-led Congress. But it is the beginning of a new kind of relationship between American women and their government. Single women are taking up space in a world that was not designed for them. They make up a new republic, a new category of citizen. If the country is to flourish, we must make room for free women, and let go of the economic and social systems built around the presumption that no woman really counts unless she is married.” A new kind of citizen, eh? It's about damn time, since we've been here the whole time. Roxane Gay also interviewed Traister on the subject, and you can read it here.
Once more, for the single ladies: I had so many thoughts in response to this piece by Briallen Hopper on friendship I could write an essay of my own. Some of it resonated, some of it didn’t, but all of it was very good.
Okay. ENOUGH ABOUT BEING SINGLE. Here’s a recipe for bread you bake while you sleep.
Alya-Monic Mckay on poverty and creativity (especially for women) is right on.
"'Find what you love and let it kill you.'
I wish we could all afford to do so, because I would love to fill the world with artists. Anybody with an extra six hours a day could of course do amazing things. But in a capitalist economy like ours, where profits are more important than people and their passions, we can’t have that.
Or rather: some people can have that. There are many other people who would also love to rise to Rhodes’ call to creative action, but we can’t.
Unfortunately, we’re too busy being poor."
Speaking of classism, here’s another related piece about millennials and the absurdity of trying to live on minimum wage these days, among other things.
I’ve never been a bike messenger, but as a woman and an urban cyclist, I resonated with a LOT of this story about street harassment.
Jeff O’Neal at Book Riot wrote an excellent response to David Denby’s pearl-clutching about kids not reading enough “literature” -- e.g. books by white guys.
I’m making my way through Syndicate’s Theopoetics symposium right now, and it is solid.
Lunch Ticket tweeted a link to my essay A Few More Miles this week, which reminded me to remind you that you can read it here if you haven’t yet.