HELLO and welcome to the 321st 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 poppers!!! 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.
This Man Does Not Make Poppers, by David Mack for Buzzfeed, July 2021
Poppers, which are “first and foremost, a sex drug,” create a rushy headiness of delight and also (which’s why they’re so popular amongst gay men), can loosen the anal muscles. We have I believe discussed poppers here in the past. Well they are not really legal but are widely sold regardless and this is the history of “the homosexual peyote.”
A People’s History of Black Twitter, by Jason Parham for Wired, July 2021
An incredible three-part oral history tracing “From #UKnowUrBlackWhen to #BlackLivesMatter, how a loose online network became a pop culture juggernaut, an engine of social justice, and a lens into the future.”
At The Bend of the Road, by Aube Rey Lescure for Guernica, July 2021
On walking the Camino de Santiago as a woman, in the aftermath of a crime, listening to Bolaño on tape — utterly vulnerable and utterly free.
As Seen on Riis Beach, By Brock Colyar and Andrew Nguyen for The Cut, August 2021
SO MANY HOT QUEERS ON THE BEACH!!!!
America Has a Drinking Problem, by Kate Julian for The Atlantic, July/August 2021
Alcohol has a certain cultural purpose and has throughout evolution — to assist in the forging of social bonds and goodwill and ease the mechanisms that prevent people from connecting with each other. But solitary drinking “is uniquely pernicious because it serves up all the risks of alcohol without any of its social perks” and is apparently pretty uniquely American.
The Most Stylish Scammer: 20 Years of ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’, by Haley Mlotek for The Ringer, December 2019
I recently read this book for the first time – I saw the film ages ago, specifically in theaters when it came out in 1999.
Highsmith, Minghella, and Ripley were all obsessed with beauty not because it is good but because it is capable of being the exact opposite. Audiences have the luxury of wondering: What if our obsessions are not just weaknesses but also a warning?
Why did the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse lay off its entire staff?, by Zack Haber for The Oaklandside, January 2021
I recommended shopping at The East Bay Depot in a recent post about home decor and a commenter directed me to this piece, which describes why, in fact, you should not shop there after all!
No, You Beg, by Allie Conti for New York Magazine, July 2021
How the dog adoption market in New York City went haywire during the pandemic, making competition to adopt a dog entered a realm of exclusivity rivaled by competitive colleges and adopting actual human children.
The Tinder Swindler, by Natalie Remoe Hansen, Kristoffer Kumar and Erlend Oftre Arntsen for VG, October 2019
This story about a scammer who paid for new girlfriends with money stolen from current girlfriends is a multi-media experience told through words and also gathered video clips.
Crush, by Larissa Pham for The Believer, April 2021
When I say I have a crush on you, what I’m saying is that I’m in love with the distance between us. I’m not in love with you: I don’t even know you. I’m in love with the escape that fantasizing about you promises. Poisoned, stung, bitten and bridled. The promise of being ground down until I disappear.
Sinead O’Connor Remembers It Differently, by Amanda Hess for The New York Times, May 2021
Fascinating that she never wanted to be famous or popular and that all of the controversy over her tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live was welcome because it freed her from the prison of being a pop star.