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Sep 17, 2014 / 66,129 notes

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Sometimes I’ll get a call or email from someone five years after the last contact and I’ll think, oh right, I hated that person. But they would never have known, of course. Let’s see if I still hate them. Very often I find that I don’t. Or that I hated them for a dumb reason. Or that they were having a bad day. Or much more likely, that I had been having a bad day.

People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing.

The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches.

There is one other aspect of my politeness that I am reluctant to mention. But I will. I am often consumed with a sense of overwhelming love and empathy. I look at the other person and am overwhelmed with joy. For all of my irony I really do want to know about the process of hanging jewelry from celebrities. What does the jewelry feel like in your hand? What do the celebrities feel like in your hand? Which one is more smooth?

This is not a world where you can simply express love for other people, where you can praise them. Perhaps it should be. But it’s not. I’ve found that people will fear your enthusiasm and warmth, and wait to hear the price. Which is fair. We’ve all been drawn into someone’s love only to find out that we couldn’t afford it. A little distance buys everyone time.
Sep 16, 2014 / 264 notes
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Is creativity related to mobility? New report from the MacArthur Foundation reveals that MacArthur “geniuses” are significantly more likely to move over the course of their careers. A year ago, Accurat discovered at a similar pattern among the world’s most prominent scientists. 
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Sep 16, 2014 / 191 notes

explore-blog:

Is creativity related to mobility? New report from the MacArthur Foundation reveals that MacArthur “geniuses” are significantly more likely to move over the course of their careers. A year ago, Accurat discovered at a similar pattern among the world’s most prominent scientists. 

(via Hyperallergic)

Sep 1, 2014 / 794 notes

I need feminism because…

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because…sexual harassment [not taken seriously when reported to my boss] is the reason I’ve quit more than one job!

Thank you feminist for…

- standing up for my right to vote (1920) - helping everyone start to receive equal pay (EPA of 1963) - representing a woman’s right to become employed while pregnant (PDA of 1978) - assisting in finally getting legal aid to those who do survive domestic violence (VAWA of 1994)

explore-blog:

James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – absolutely spectacular read from 1962 
Aug 20, 2014 / 672 notes

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James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to societyabsolutely spectacular read from 1962 

tjpytheas:

The Man Who Invented Pop-Up Ads Says ‘I’m Sorry’
Jay McGregor, forbes.com
Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads, has apologised to the world in a lengthy explanation of his original intentions.Writing for The Atlantic, Zuckerman explains that he had unintentionally created one of the most hated forms of…

This an important message…
Aug 17, 2014 / 2 notes

tjpytheas:

The Man Who Invented Pop-Up Ads Says ‘I’m Sorry’
Jay McGregor, forbes.com

Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads, has apologised to the world in a lengthy explanation of his original intentions.

Writing for The Atlantic, Zuckerman explains that he had unintentionally created one of the most hated forms of…

This an important message…

Aug 16, 2014 / 45,840 notes

The basis of most arguments against trans people is that we are not who we say we are, that we are always and only the gender that we were assigned at birth. And so much of that is about having a sense of certainty around gender, that when you were born with a certain set of genitalia, then that must dictate your entire life, and the reality is that that’s not trueA lot of people are not comfortable with that, because then that means they have to begin to question who they are.- Laverne Cox

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Women were often punished within the domestic domain, and instruments of torture were sometimes imported by authorities into the household. In seventeenth-century Britain, women whose husbands identified them as quarrelsome and unaccepting of male dominance were punished by means of a gossip’s bridle, or “branks,” a headpiece with a chain attached and an iron bit that was introduced into the woman’s mouth. Although the branking of women was often linked to a public parade, this contraption was sometimes hooked to a wall of the house, where the punished woman remained until her husband decided to release her.
Aug 15, 2014 / 94 notes
Aug 15, 2014 / 636 notes

The Shadows of Lauren Bacall

newyorker:

Richard Brody remembers the legendary actress:

“She was meant to play Presidents and C.E.O.s, editors-in-chief and visionary directors. How many such roles existed for actresses—for women in real life—in her heyday? Bacall was bigger than her career. She started young and stayed ahead of her time, and her greatness—her mighty personal presence and her diverse body of work—carries a shadow of unfulfillment, and even tragedy.”

Photograph by Ralph Crane/The Life Images Collection/Getty

abapastiche:

"James Natchwey has said that he was once a war photographer, but now he is an anti-war photographer. The difference is one of moral stance."
Aug 4, 2014 / 338 notes

abapastiche:

"James Natchwey has said that he was once a war photographer, but now he is an anti-war photographer. The difference is one of moral stance."

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