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 Kathy Acker! 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.
Life In Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell, by John DeVore for Eater, November 2014
From a series where “writers share the essential roles played in their lives by chain restaurants—great and grim, wonderful and terrible.” Keywords: Racism, Taco Bell, Queens, Taco Bell / Kentucky Fried Chicken , Mexican-American, 1990s.
My Evil Dad: Life As A Serial Killer’s Daughter, by Melissa Moore for The BBC, November 2014
“Keith Jesperson is notorious in the US as the Happy Face Killer, who raped and murdered eight women in the 1990s. Here his daughter, Melissa Moore, describes how she learned the truth as a teenager – and eventually found a way to live with it.
A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA, by Amanda Wilson for Pacific Standard, July 2014
A mill shuts down in a small North Carolina town and is replaced by a huge medical research facility that uses the town’s residents as test subjects.
Mississippi, Burned, by Sarah Varney for Politico, November 2014
How the Tea Party and the ultra-conservative right wing came together to ensure that their most vulnerable citizens most in need of health insurance would not get any through the Afforadable Care Act.
The Indictment of Jimmy’s World, by Bill Green for The Washington Post, April 1981
The Washington Posts’s Ombudsman tells the entire (true) story of Janet Cooke, a journalist who delighted her editors so thoroughly that an article she completely made up, about an 8-year-old heroin addict, Jimmys World, galvanized an entire metro area and won a Pulitzer before anybody started checking the story’s facts or the various embellishments and fabrications on the resume she’d applied with. I’ve read about this case before but never in such depth.
What It Takes To Be The French Jennifer Lawrence, by Mac McClelland for Medium, November 2014
In which the following topics are discussed in an article about the voiceover artists who dub for American films: l’exception culturelle., Hollywood beauty standards, working mothers, racism and ageism in Hollywood, French film, French/American relations, fitting French words and phrasing into English mouths, Hollywood’s international impact, Netflix’s international expansion, and more.
Not All Nerds, by Christopher T. Fan for The New Inquiry, November 2014
“Yet the figure of the nerd makes it easy to accept the rhetoric of “white and Asian” predominance, and thus grant Silicon Valley a baseline level of diversity that downplays its racism. An entire culture industry of nerd-revenge narratives has helped promote this fiction. The mythology of the avenged nerd grew out of the biographies of figures like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak: straight, white, male outcasts who transcended their nerdiness.”
Discuss Rules Beforehand, by Chris Kraus for The Believer, September 2014
“FEROCITY AND VULNERABILITY IN A POSTHUMOUSLY PUBLISHED COLLECTION OF EMAILS FROM WRITER/ARTIST/FEMINIST ICON KATHY ACKER. DISCUSSED: Disjunctive Narrative Style, Butch/Femmeness, The German, Het Shit, Miss X, An Awkward Niche, Brigantine Pirate Girls, Rats without Working Maps, The Fistfucking Closet, Vanilla Sex, Untweezed Brows, Susan Sontag.”