We were all in various intersecting food ruts, and that made the burden of deciding what’s for dinner even more paralyzing – The Tyranny and Misogyny of Meal Planning (Burnt Toast)
Advice for my daughter: Do talk to your professors outside of class. Do notice the way the sky changes color. Don’t get too drunk. (The Atlantic)
I was in love and happy, but doubts simmered. I still occasionally fantasized about a man who would sip coffee with me and read novels in bed on our frequent trips to India. When I shared this with my therapist, she told me to “have a funeral for the death of romantic illusion.” (NYT Modern Love)
With God as my witness I will not pick the restaurant (McSweeney’s)
AMERICAN SHOPPERS ARE A NIGHTMARE—Customers were this awful long before the pandemic. (The Atlantic)
David is doing the 3km BrigaSwim Challenge again—raising money for Brigadoon kids. Please check out his personal page and donate if you can. He’s inching closer to $1,300—which is how much it costs to send ONE kid to this awesome camp!
Point Break turns 30 – it could easily have been an empty spectacle about nothing but gun fights and explosions, but Kathryn Bigelow turns it into an examination of the inevitable death spiral of toxic masculinity. (Lainey Gossip)
Being forward-looking, I would declare an emergency in terms of children’s mental health; some states, like Colorado and Connecticut, have put resources into this. I would call that the next emerging emergency: what we did with children. So now it is our duty as a society, if we treasure children, to make it up to them, if we can.… The closing of those schools doesn’t have a relationship to the spread of the virus, or the hospitalizations, or the deaths. It’s only really related to the political valence of the town, and the strength of the teachers union.…It’s playing politics with kids.—What We Got Wrong (and Right) About COVID-19–Three public health professionals assess America’s response to the crisis—and how we should prepare for the next one. (Persuasion)
‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’ Over 703 miles, a hardy band of pain enthusiasts tested the limits of both mind and body at the Quintuple Anvil Triathlon — five Ironman-length races in five days. (NYT)
When you discover you may be the star of someone’s fictional story (Slate) “Cat Person,” and the cultural reception to it, feels connected to the broader literary debate over “autofiction”—writing that, in its raw and confessional style, seems to blur the boundaries between the real and the invented.
Followed by this thread about consent:
Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build (My Modern Met)
AND SPEAKING OF LEGO! David and his friend have a podcast about Lego. They’re getting better as they go (episode 6 is my favourite) and are paying for their production by collecting recyclables in the North End. You can check out (and subscribe) to BLOCK TALK on Spotify!
The Women Erased From the Story of No-Knead Bread. Jim Lahey is credited with making no-knead bread trendy. But as with many dishes, the recipe’s lineage is more complicated. (Eater)
Would a 39-year-old man in her position be subjected to the same level of control? For instance, no one prevented Michael Jackson — despite the concerns of people around him that his mental condition was deteriorating — from living at Neverland Ranch, where he kept giraffes and a chimp. He was able to raise his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket (who are actually all named Michael). (MSNBC)
Britney Spears’ Statement To The Court In Her Conservatorship Hearing (NPR)
People Are Sharing The Signs Of Privilege That Often Go Unnoticed, And A Lot Of Them Might Apply To You (BuzzFeed)
Savory French Toast is My Vegetarian Steak Swap (Bon Appetit)
Enjoy this tread:
They’ve been married for 25 years, and raised twins – but have never lived in the same house. Is this the secret to long-term happiness? (The Guardian)
Nearly 200K People Are Here For This Thread Explaining Why We Don’t See Kids Playing Outside As Often As We Used To – Yes, so many good points here! (Bored Panda)
What your favorite 90s rock band says about the type of bored suburban dad you are today (McSweeney’s)
The World’s (Almost) Happiest People Are Eating This For Lunch. Day in, day out. (Medium)