Articles Read & Loved

Articles Read & Loved no. 13

I’m grateful to Weird Corporate Twitter by Kate Losse for confirming that I’m not the only one creeped out by corporate brands’ meme voices on Twitter.

The Adult Lessons of YA Fiction by Julie Beck

Cord Jefferson discusses the frustration and futility felt when you have written about hatred over and over and over again in The Racism Beat.

Fat and Happy—and Loved, the second instalment in a series on body and relationships.

Julie Delpy Dreams of Being Joe Pesci by Mary Kaye Schilling

Musings on what it’s like to have roles reversed and be the loved who is waited for instead of the lover who is waiting in To Be The One Who Doesn’t Wait by Larissa Pham

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Can Lit by Rachel Rose

The Fight to Find John Wilkes Booth’s Diary in a Forgotten Subway Tunnel by Joe Kloc

Chris Gethard is breaking down social stigmas about mental illness and it’s beautiful: Talking about mental health: “So much of this is behind closed doors”

Articles Read & Loved no. 11

Should I Go To Grad School?: An Interview with Sheila Heti by Jessica Loudis

Do We Really Prefer Louis CK’s Take on Womanhood to an Actual Woman’s? by Kath Barbadoro

Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds by Arthur Chu

A.O Scott’s hilariously scathing takedown of Adam Sandler’s newest comedy is not to be missed: When Single Parents Collide on a Safari

 

Articles Read & Loved no. 10

A History of Love (of Bookstores) by Janet Potter

Potter reminisces about the bookstores she’s worked at over the years as if they were men who were in her life, her first love, the rebound, the one-night-stand, etc…and the result is pretty charming.

When Doris Lessing Rescued Me by Jenny Diski

An account of how, as a teenager, Diski was invited by Lessing to live with her and got an invaluable education on the reality of living and working as a writer.

Abusing Foucault: How Conservatives and Liberals Misunderstand “Social Construct” Sexuality by Jesi Egan

It’s refreshing to see someone write with such clarity and in such a straightforward manner about Foucault’s theories. Usually explanations of his theories are as obfuscating as Foucault is. Not even after reading The History of Sexuality multiple times and pestering professors, until they probably began dreading the very sight of me, to discuss sections of it with me until I felt I really grasped it, have I had such a clear sense of the social construct theory.

When you talk [in interviews] about the shows that have been especially important to you, you always mention Buffy, My So-Called Life, and Freaks and Geeks. Do you think there’s anything to be said about the fact that these are all teen shows, or at least shows about teenagers?

Yes! I actually have this theory that I’ve never written up: that teenage girls and middle-aged men are the source of the best modern television. They’re both emotionally labile figures going through a period of identity formation. They’re angry and horny and they bridle at the dullness of social conformity. They’re unnerved by the way their bodies are changing. They feel like the world is ending. Those two iconic figures both been the central characters in a lot of the best shows—the cable masculinity dramas (The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood,Breaking Bad) and the shows you mention, which are less often considered key to the Golden Age of TV [in the late ’90s]. But they should be, both because these shows are wonderful and because they were stealthily revolutionary, modeling all sorts of important things: They mixed comedy and drama with a free hand; they treated family and romantic drama with sophistication (rather than melodrama or sentimentality); and, just in general, they were shows that managed to be humane without being sappy. Two of them also only lasted one season, in an only-the-good-die-young sort of way, so it seems particularly important to bring them up, so they don’t disappear.Although some of this is just personal taste, and yes, for whatever reason, I’ve always liked smart teen stuff.”

From Why Can’t I Be You: Emily Nussbaum, an interview by Anaheed Alani. Emily Nussbaum is currently one of my favorite people with opinions, and I love this interview with her.

Articles Read & Loved no. 7

Particular Ways of Being Wrong by Natalie Bakopoulos examines the failure of literary critics in their reviews to engage with the book on its own terms and concentrate on an author’s personal life instead. The question of whether art should be considered on its own terms regardless of the personal faults of the artist has been on my mind, especially in light of Dylan Farrow’s renewed accusations against Woody Allen. Bakopoulos argues that the role of the critic, to engage with the creative work, shouldn’t be impeded by the private life of an artist. But art doesn’t exist in a vacuum. So does lauding and celebrating the novel or film of a sexual offender mean we’re letting art take precedence over ethics? I think maybe the question I’m asking is: the artist’s private life shouldn’t be considered when judging their work, but are there certain cases when it should?