HELLO and welcome to the 329th installment of Things I Read That I Love, wherein I share with you some of the longer-form journalism/essays I’ve read recently so that you can know more about the Goop Cruise!! This “columnwp_postsis less feminist/queer focused than the rest of the site because when something is feminist/queer focused, I put it on the rest of the site. Here is where the other things are.
The title of this feature is inspired by the title of Emily Gould’s tumblr, Things I Ate That I Love.
Crushed, by Nile Capello for The Atavist, April 2023
Johna Ramirez’s son Jentzen thought he’d really scored when he was invited into the Squad; a social and content-production team of wildly popular tween YouTube influencers centered on Piper Rockelle and spearheaded by her controlling, predatory mother. Piper Rockelle’s YouTube channel is certainly a journey,
Liz Holmes Wants You To Forget About Elizabeth, by Amy Chozick for The New York Times, May 2023
Unfortunately I will not be forgetting about Elizabeth.
Pour One Out, by Tim Requarth for Slate.com, April 2023
For a while we all believed that a little bit of red wine could perhaps be good for you, but new science suggests otherwise. What can we make of the original discourse around alcohol’s benefits and drawbacks and its recent pivot?
All In The Family: Amy’s Kitchen and America’s Shadow Workforce, by Erik Baker for The Drift, June 2022
Certified B-Corp Amy’s Kitchen is the nation’s largest manufacturer of organic vegetarian frozen meals, and despite its success and the wealth of its founders, working conditions for the employees of Amy’s two plants in Santa Rosa are dangerous and riddled with health and safety issues as well as poor labor practices and pay. This article from June 2022 includes descriptions of how Amy’s was attempting union-busting — and unfortunately it looks like rather than improve conditions and pay for its workers, Amy’s ended up shutting down its San Jose production center altogether.
The Deputy and the Disappeared, by Thomas Lake for CNN, April 2023
A Latino man and a Black man went missing in Florida — both of them after getting into a patrol car driven by a white deputy sheriff who claimed to have given each of them a ride to the Circle K. CNN re-opened the investigation to understand what happened to the missing men and why the sheriff was never charged with murder.
I Really Didn’t Want To Go, by Lauren Oyler for Harper’s, May 2023
Of course a massively long article about a trip on a themed cruise ship would appeal to me and of course it was a delight. I was especially delighted by how the author interwove her chaotic personal life into the narrative and also nodded towards the legendary DFW piece on the topic from the same publication. Also it was a Goop cruise and Gwyneth did show up briefly. I could pick a passage but they’re all perfect!
The Novelist Whose Inventions Went Too Far, by D.T. Max for The New Yorker, March 2023
A literary fraud who died in 2020, leaving his then-boyfriend to dig through the ashes, slowly discovering the truth behind the man he loved. H.G. Carillo was born in Detroit to a perfectly lovely family but was lying prolifically from a young age, culminating in his adoption as an adult of an Afro-Cuban identity that inspired his critically acclaimed novel, Losing my Espanish. This man even taught creative writing at George Washington University!
Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire, by Paul Tullis for Town & Country, April 2023
While we’re on the topic, shall we just get all the way into it? Here we have an investigation into the science behind compulsive liars in “the age of the fabulist.”
Is Temu The Future of Buying Things?, by Josh Herrman for Vulture, May 2023
“To engage with Temu is to be cornered in conversation with an AI-powered salesperson who is ushering you past endless tables of assorted goods to sell, right now, with escalating special offers, chained promotions, exclusive limited-time discounts, and lots and lots of free stuff.”
The Morbid Appeal of “Botched” Plastic Surgery, by Terry Nguyen for Vox, October 2021
I am sadly amongst those who are morbidly drawn to stories of botched plastic surgery, it is the only form of body horror that I can’t look away from. And the psychology behind that fascination is one I will always struggle to understand.