Things I Read That I Love #10


HELLO and welcome to the tenth 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 read them too and we can all know more about Grey Gardens and illegal abortions!

This “column” is 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.

Victorian Tea Party Princess (February 2012), The Miami New-Times I used to be big into old school Saturday Night Live and never really understood why this woman was on the show at all. Now she’s a completely insufferable Birther Tea Party Fox News Pundit Racist Homophobic Anti-Islam Weirdo Torpedo of CAHRAZY. Interesting article, obviously. Even better is that Jackson flipped out and wrote a response piece about how The Miami New Times is a socialist.

+ Pitchfork: 5.3 (January 2012), n+1 – On the rise of Pitchfork and its dangerous power over the music industry and influence on “indie rock.” It’s sort of a warning note, too, for websites prone to groupthink.

Interview with Mary Karr (January 2012), The Days of Yore – “I just sit down and write. I miss writing longhand, which I can’t do because I have a shoulder injury, but I edit longhand, which not everybody does. I just move around. I write in bed a lot. I’ll get in my bed with my laptop and write, but then I’ll kind of burn out, and I’ll have a cup of tea, and then I’ll come over here to the couch and write, and then I’ll go to that desk and write, then I’ll go to my desk upstairs, then I’ll get back in bed and write. Every time, I feel like I’m starting over.”

The Way it Was (Sep/Oct 2004), Mother JonesLife before abortion was legal was a lot of things. One of those things was being sexually violated by abortion doctors — that’s what happened to the author of this piece.

+ LA Pedophile Bust Dismantles International Child Porn Ring (January 2012), LA Weekly — Um, I think the title is pretty descriptive.

+ The Throwaways (January 2012), The Rumpus“I was pissed. I was virile. I was a clot of gamey teenager. I wanted to fight and draw and write and make messes and I was hoping maybe that I could go into an alley and get raped and then murdered and then maybe someone would rape my bones. That was the good type of mood I was in when I first picked up a copy of Leontiev’s Political Economy.”

Schoolhouse Rocked (March 2011), Texas Monthly – Basically this super rich private school in Texas, where The Bushes went and everything, had some problems with parents who didn’t understand why their kids were being taught to be tolerant of diversity and politically sensitive and nice to gay people.

+ The Secret of Grey Gardens (1972), New York Magazine –  This was written before the movie, y’all! I can’t believe I’d never read it. Little Edie talks to the reporter just like in the movie and says the most amazing things in it! There’s new information in it, and like it fills in gaps from the movie. It’s just the best thing!

Counter-Terrorism is Getting Complicated (January 2012), Esquire – Actually moreso than finding the story itself interesting, I found the insight into the minds of the people who write crazy shit about gay people and liberals on the internet that I’d not had before. But also, it’s about how fucked our counter-terrorism situation is.

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (February 2012), The Smithsonian – So in 1950, 4 million Americans lived alone which is slightly less than 10% of all the households. Now 32.7 million live alone, which is 28% of all American households. AND in Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago, between 35%-45% of households are one person only. In Manhattan, it’s 1 out of every 2! I am one of those people, this guy is onto us.

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  1. My parents, for some reason, kept that Mother Jones issue that had “The Way It Was” in it. I read it a few years ago when I saw the magazine lying around the house, and it’s fantastic. And sad.

  2. The Pitchfork article was fantastic. It’s interesting to both read about the rise of what is now such a power within the music world and realize how easy it is to be swept into p4k’s groupthink. It’s unfortunate how many people take a “Best New Music” review as the only qualifier for a great album.

    Anyway, what a great batch of articles. I’d already read the Grey Gardens piece, ( I felt compelled to after seeing the movie-don’t judge) but the rest were equally thought provoking. They almost made me want to stay in tonight and work on a paper…key word being almost.

  3. I have a lot of feelings about pitchfork. good article!

    it can be really upsetting that people who are so removed from the process of creating music at all can have such an impact when it comes to what’s considered “good” and what people decide to listen to.

    pitchfork is telling america what music they can and can’t like.

  4. Thanks for posting these “Things I Read That I Love” posts–seriously, I read almost all of them every week. I’m too lazy half to time to find them on my own…but I always appreciate having read them later.

  5. I wanted to laugh at the Victoria Jackson article, but then I remembered that I know people like that and I got sad.

    • I know, right? she is too far gone to even laugh at or even make fun of because I think she may be insane, not in a joking way.

  6. I was afraid all this week that this feature had been cancelled and I was. so. sad. This totally made my day, I can’t wait to get a little smarter!

    • aww nope! it was just that last week i did it on a monday b/c the website was broken on friday, and i wanted to give everyone time to read last week’s before doing another one so i waited ’til this friday. ’cause i think it’s a nice thing for friday. tah-dah!

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