HELLO and welcome to the 206th 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 OJ Simpson! 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 One Accuser Who May Finally Bring Bill Cosby Down For Good, by Mark Seal for Vanity Fair, July 2016
How many articles can I read about the Bill Cosby case, you may ask? The limit does not exist. This one focuses on Andrea Constand, a lesbian basketball player who’s case against Cosby is the one that finally got the serial rapist to trial.
A Love Note to Our Folks, by Alicia Garza for n+1
Alicia Garza, one of the queer black women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement, talks about its organizing, early days and goals.
How St. George’s Atonement For Its Sex-Abuse Scandals Turned Ugly, by Benjamin Wallace for Vanity Fair, July 2016
“Yet another elite New England prep school is plagued by scandal—this time the picturesque seaside campus of St. George’s, which has only recently confronted a largely concealed, decades-long history of sexual abuse by predatory teachers, staff, and students. Benjamin Wallace interviews survivors, parents, and the headmaster to see how its search for healing brought fresh anguish.”
The Food-Sharing Economy Is Delicious And Illegal—Will It Survive?, by Sarah Kessler for Fast Company, July 2016
This start-up actually sounds pretty fantastic, as it enables home-bound humans to make extra money cooking meals for other humans who pick up the meals from the houses where they were prepared and therefore socialize and make connections and we all feel like part of this great human family. But also there are food service regulations not being met, and that means the company is in huge trouble.
Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader, by Jeff Maysh for The Atlantic, July 2016
This was a weird idea a person had.
Making Black Lives Matter in the Mall of America, by Erik Forman for The New Inquiry, June 2016
At Starbucks, it was workers of color who had the hardest time getting hired, were the most frequently fired, and the most rarely promoted. Outside our shop, it was clear from our daily experiences and the surveys our fledgling “Mallworkers Alliance” conducted that black workers were overrepresented in the Mall of America, possibly the nation’s largest concentration of awful low-wage work, and that, within the mall, they tended to have the worst of the worst jobs. No life matters in the Mall of America, but black lives mattered least of all.
The Brightest Still Fleetest, by Lauren Groff for Oxford American, July 2016
Lauren Groff on the many lives of Miami Beach and a photographer who devoted himself to capturing two of them in particular, and ended up dead. It’s really compelling and beautiful stuff.
The Outcast, by Pat Jordan for The New Yorker, July 2001
I’ve been reading this anthology of American Crime Writing and there’s a lot of great stuff in it, including this 2001 profile of O.J. Simpson, who is a total weirdo.
One Year Out, The Washington Post, July 2016
This is a very good and important long read in which 46 nonviolent drug offenders spoke to The Post about what their lives are like a year after President Obama commuted their prison sentences. There’s so much in here about what’s possible for convicted felons upon release, and it’s also worth noting that those sentenced for life (seriously why do people get a couple years for rape or domestic violence but ENTIRE LIFE SENTENCES for “intention to distribute crack-cocaine”?)
Marie Kondo and the Ruthless War on Stuff, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times, July 2016
Yes I’ve had many questions about this book and why y’all are so obsessed with her methods and this answered many of those! and also alerted me to the fact that professional organizing is a legit industry.