May 16, 2014

Push it real good

Jill Abramson Will Never Know Why She Was Fired -

Featuring the perennial question, is it sexism or am I crazy? Also featuring a reference to that time my friend Josh tried to get me to take acting classes to hide my disdain for my bosses’ stupid ideas. I talked to BuzzFeed and Politico about Abramson, too. And here’s a post I wrote last year: “If Jill Abramson were a man…”

The Pushy Pie - The Hairpin

Should this be revised to “the undiplomatic pie”? Nah.

On Beyoncé, writing, and being a "personality plus" - The Ampersand

A little interview with me about the writing life. And other stuff.

So-called women’s issues -

Why it’s so common for women writers to get their start writing about ... women.

I also talked to my former colleague Gabriel Arana about the unbearable whiteness of liberal media, and how hard it really is to create a diverse newsroom.

I’m reading:

Two more great reads about Abramson. Conchita! The white professor who created a black, female persona and caused a whole collective of artists to pull out of the Whitney Biennial. Vivian Maier, highbrow selfie pioneer. The disco revival. Who is Alex Trebek? I don’t know. Schooled in Newark. Pregnancy and psychics. Big Water in California. Can unions save Atlantic City? The Canadian Dream. A postcard from San Francisco. Glassholes at work. Amazon is a time thief. Forget it, Google. Don’t call me. The joys of trimming and the origins of “privilege.” Can cops learn to protect trans women? How gun nuts target women with violence. What we can learn from female sociopaths and cyborgs and boxing judges. Life as a robot. Metadata kills. The legacy of gay food writers. The trouble with being a plus one. Reconsidering pesticides. An old pot farmer who ushered in the green rush. Unconscious music consumption. New enthusiasm!


Shoe shopping when you’re a lady with big feet. Love these Los Angeles photographers. RuPaul asks East Village passersby for pizza money. Gary Shteyngart blurbs the worst books ever.



I endorse:

Leslie Jamison in conversation with my pal Max Linsky on the Longform Podcast. I cannot wait to read The Empathy Exams.

You Do You:

My friend Gracy and I are collaborating on a writing and yoga retreat in Guatemala this November. No, it’s not just a trip for my friends—anyone can come, ladies and dudes alike. It’s gonna be great. There are still spaces left! More info here.


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