HELLO and welcome to the 88th 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 the 9/11 museum! 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.
The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction (June 2014), by Steve Kandell for Buzzfeed – “Everyone should have a museum dedicated to the worst day of their life and be forced to attend it with a bunch of tourists from Denmark. Annotated divorce papers blown up and mounted, interactive exhibits detailing how your mom’s last round of chemo didn’t take, souvenir T-shirts emblazoned with your best friend’s last words before the car crash. And you should have to see for yourself how little your pain matters to a family of five who need to get some food before the kids melt down. Or maybe worse, watch it be co-opted by people who want, for whatever reason, to feel that connection so acutely.”
Who Killed Lois Duncan’s Daughter? (May 2014), by Tim Stelloh for Buzzfeed – Lois Duncan was a Young Adult author who wrote a lot of teen thrillers including the book that I Know What You Did Last Summer was based on, and then her 20-year-old daughter was murdered, and they never found out who did it and the Albequrque police fucked up a lot and it’s really sad.
Hail Dayton (May 2014), by Rachel Maddux for The Oxford American – About the town in Tennessee where The Scopes Monkey Trial took place, an event they continue to celebrate every year with a special Scopes Festival.
In Defense of Dead Poet’s Society (June 2014), by Christopher Cantwell for Bright Wall / Dark Room – Honestly not sure what it needed defending from, but after reading this am confident I made the right decision not to re-watch it and find out. But the gay thing — fuck, I wish I could remember if I’d picked up on that or not.
Farm Fakes: A History of Fraudulent Food (May 2013), by Shosana Walter for Modern Farmer – Did you know about The Great Lozenge Scandal? I did not, to be honest with you.
Opportunity Knocks (May 2014), by Eli Slaslow for The Washington Post – Um this was super depressing on just about every possible level, so. It’s about people who train to be nurse aides for elderly people and how it’s this growth industry but it makes everyone miserable who does it and the training is really shitty and so is the pay. It also reminded me of that HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck where the woman had this job too.
This Man Is About To Die Because An Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case (April 2014), by Marc Bookman for Mother Jones – WELP this sure is fucked up.
Being That Woman (May 2014), by Chelsea G. Summers for Adult Magazine – “To be “that woman” is inextricable from politics——whether politics qua politics, gender politics, or sexual politics. To be “that woman” is to divide women into two groups: “that woman” and all the rest. It’s the same old, same old——the whore and the accusing crowd of wives, the menacing Jolene and the status quo that likes its IRS filed jointly. Of course, it’s all a pernicious fiction. No one can take your man because he’s not yours. If he leaves you, it’s because he wanted to leave you, flaming locks of auburn hair or nah. That woman is just a woman, doing what she can to cobble together sustenance of various and sundry sorts. And those who try to set women against ourselves do so to divide and conquer. There never has been “that man.”