June 19, 2015

What's going on

This week:

For Bookforum, I reviewed Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Kleinenberg. And I talked to The Daily Worth about how I decide when to offer free advice and when to charge for my time.

I'm reading:

"This is, quite simply, how we now live." A harmful masqueradeDesign can't change the world. On the expulsion of Haitians from the Dominican Republic. Is self-loathing a requirement for writers? How one man abused and manipulated an entire industry. A handy guide to gentrification. L.A. homelessness soars. What's the greatest good you can do with one donation? Facebook's version of historyCable in the post-TV era. Solving quantum theory's deepest mysteries. What's left after higher ed is dismantled? A sewing action gets Pussy Riot arrested. Hot female scientists! Scenes from the Astroglide pride float. Attention, tampon-wearers: Toxic shock syndrome is real. A 15-year-old and her dad go to Bonnaroo together. Blacking out. Mmmm, umami. I'm thinking of finally learning to play euchre, the card game of my Midwest people.


Choppin' flowers with Bouquet. The trailer for a new documentary about forced sterilization of Latinas in Los Angeles.


I've spent the week in Detroit. Having the best time. 

I endorse:

The Weather Report, a handy new tool by my brilliant pal Deanna Zandt and a few collaborators. I'll let them explain:

When you have news to share with people—whether it's good news, bad news or something in between—it can sometimes suck to have to tell the details over and over again. Now you don’t have to. Fill out our form, hit submit, and get a private URL that you can email to your people (or, if you prefer, your "peeps"), or share on your social networks.

The idea is to try to take some of the emotional exhaustion out of relaying difficult news. So thoughtful! 

Live! In person:

June 27: I'll be on a panel at the V3 Digital Media Conference in Los Angeles.


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"Do yourself a favor and subscribe. Seriously." -christine h. Other favors you could do for yourself today: Leave work immediately and go stroll through a used bookstore. Leave work immediately and go to an art museum. Leave work immediately and enjoy a happy hour cocktail. Leave work immediately and go to the pool. Leave work immediately.

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