1. Even astronauts get bored
Planet Boredom – Aeon Magazine – 26 February 2014 – Kate Greene
So what is it, then? Is boredom bad or good? Should we do our best, for the sake of our health and employment, to avoid it? Or has boredom become the psychological equivalent of a glass of red wine, to be enjoyed, guilt-free, only in moderation? Is the moderation of boredom desirable or even possible? How many successive rhetorical questions does it take to bore a reader? No one knows.
2. Being outed – by the documentary outraged by your dangerous situation
Being Gay in Iran – The Stranger – 28 May 2014 – Farhad Dolatizadeh
As afraid as I am, I understand him completely. I am overwhelmed by feelings of relief and love. I am so fortunate to have such a father, but feel so cursed to know that I will eventually be banished from my homeland. I’ll have to leave Iran eventually. No gay is safe in this country. I heard this from my aunt, years ago, and now I’ve heard it from my father. I know his intentions are good.
3. Being a #GIRLBOSS – the edgier Lean In?
Be Bossy: Sophia Amaruso Has Advice for Millennials and a Bone to Pick with Sheryl Sandberg – NY Mag – 26 May – Molly Young
If Amoruso is hoping to capture some of Sandberg’s book-buying demographic, she’s also warning them to adjust their expectations. When Sandberg published Lean In, most readers already knew the marquee items on her CV: Harvard, Google, Facebook. Amoruso is both lesser known and less accredited, and she twists both liabilities into advantages.
4. The stories we create around eavesdropped conversations
Bucket of Eels – Granta Magazine – 3 June 2014 – Mitsuyo Kakuta
I noticed that my heart had started to race, and it hit me what a thrill overhearing an argument is – especially one between a man and a woman. I stepped closer to peek inside. The only person I could see was a man in a dress shirt.
5. Fat is just a descriptor like ‘blonde’ or ‘tall’
Fat and Happy – and Loved – The New Enquiry – 5 June 2014 – Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
Seeing them in succession made me realize that men exist whose type is “fat and pretty.” Those two things together was not something I’d believed in before. It’s not that I’d never seen a pretty, fat woman, it’s that I’d never thought one could be just pretty, not pretty*—the asterisk standing for, “if you weren’t so fat.”
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