Things I Read That I Love #75: Quinoa Cranberry Pilaf, Coregasm

nytimesHELLO and welcome to the 35th 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 Scientology! 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.

Escape (May 2013), by Natasha Gardner for 5280 -The author follows one particular woman as she and her family attempt to flee an abusive situation (and do), using it as a jumping off point to discuss the difficulties surrounding domestic abuse survivors in Denver in general.

What Do You Desire? (May 2013), by Emily Witt for n+1 – In which the author goes to San Francisco, watches a bunch of Public Disgrace porn shoots directed by Princess Donna for and also spends a lot of time talking to people who work at Google? There’s also a lot in here about San Francisco in general, and the changing culture and technology’s impact on sex and just a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of stuff in here.

First Do No Harm (April 2013), by Ann Silversides for maisonneuve“Are doctors and drug companies to blame for the opioid-abuse crisis? After two shocking deaths in small-town Ontario, Ann Silversides reports from one of the largest coroner’s inquests in Canadian history.”

Dialin’ For Dollars (April 2013), by Ryan Patrick Bias for – A young gay guy moves to New York City and takes on a series of unpleasant jobs while trying to learn how to be a person in the world. Includes a description of the hiring process for amNew York, which will be of interest to anybody who’s ever ridden a subway in New York City in the morning.

Love & Madness in the Jungle (May 2013), by Ned Zeman for Outside – I actually expected this to be much more interesting than it was, because I have lots of feelings/relations to stories about couples who feed off each other’s mental illnesses to the point of self-destruction, but I was still drawn into the story even though it wasn’t the excavation I’d been hoping for.

A Club For The Un-Clubbable (April 2013), by Chris Chafin for – “In the Montauk Club, smack in the heart of bourgeois Brooklyn, a cadre of self-styled anti-elitists find a crumbling mansion and discover a link to New York’s glorious past.” (when i’m older i want to invent something like this for lesbians but better)

The Ride of a Lifetime (March 2011), by Sheila Weiner for Vanity Fair – It’s so fascinating to read about the degree to which a movie can become a truly collaborative story — they started with a script written by one woman, sure, but it seems like the actors brought a shit-ton of stuff to the table, too, and so all of it is a bit of all of them. Even little Brad Pitt.

Like a Lead  Balloon (April 2013), by Michael Erard for The Morning News – On how hard it is to think of a new original band name these days.

When Our Kids Run America (May 2013), by Gene Demby for NPR Code Switch. Demby, the politics editor of Huffington Post Black Voices, talks about “America’s seismic demographic shift” w/r/t race and ethnicity, which is “upending life in our suburbs, cities and our popular culture,” and asks “why are we still clinging to the same stories to make sense of these changes?” – “The Afropunk skater in Philly, the Korean b-boy graffiti artist in Los Angeles, the bluegrass-loving Latino hipster in Austin — they’re all inheriting an America in which they’ll have access to even more hyphens in their self-definitions. That’s undoubtedly a good thing. But it’s important that those stories be complete as well. If you’re in Maricopa County, Ariz., and brown, the sheriff’s deputies won’t care whether you’re bumping Little Dragon in your ride when they pull you over. The way each of us experiences culture each day may be increasingly unmoored from genre, from geography, and yes, even from race, but America will not be easily untethered from the anchor of its history. We may be more equal, but mostly in our iPods.”

I also read two articles this week about one of my top ten favorite topics, SCIENTOLOGY.

Scientology: The Story (May 2013), by Diane Johnson for The New York Review of Books – Excellent overview of the issues and investigation into the revelations made by two new books: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright and Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and my Harrowing Escape, by Jenna Miscavige Hill. It’s a great article.

Is Scientology Self-Destructing? (January 2013), by Alex Klein for Buzzfeed –  About this high-level scam where the main church office is basically robbing their followers blind raising more  money than they need to buy buildings that are never used. “Scientology leader David Miscavige has been trumpeting his church’s “milestone year,” but the mysterious religion is alienating scores of its most faithful followers with what they call a real estate scam. With anger mounting and defectors fleeing, this may be more than a fleeting crisis; it may be a symptom of an institution in decline.”


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    • i do too, but it is mixed with the anxiety that I always find it in the morning and then am late for work. Every single time. As I will be today. And upon arriving, I will start talking about the article on the making of Thelma and Louise and then they will slowly scatter and it’s never mentioned that the supervisor is late again because they are boring and don’t want to hear about great things to read.

      oh, and thanks again, these reads are always appreciated.

  1. Ooh, I liked When Our Kids Run America, though I’m not sure I agree with him 100%.
    Can’t wait to read the Scientology articles! Why is Scientology so endlessly fascinating?

    • Because it sort of seems like the height of craziness. And craziness is eternally enthralling.

    • I had somewhat the same reaction, but I loved that it got me thinking about the issues, you know? If you liked that piece you should check out the rest of the Codeswitch blog. Demby is really freaking smart, and they’re doing some great work at that blog. (Largely educating insular white NPR readers who have never had to think about race before, but, baby steps, I guess.)

  2. I loved the author’s thoughts on relationships in ‘What Do You Desire’. So many interesting things to think about.

    “The thought of the natural progression of couples, growing more and more insular, buying nicer and nicer furniture, shutting down the world, accruing things, relaxing into habit, scared me. As I grew older, I found it difficult to distinguish romantic love from other kinds of connections: the platonic love for the friends I did not want to have sex with, the euphoric chemical urges toward people I had sex with but did not love. Why was love between couples more exceptional? Because it attached itself to material objects, and to children? Because it ordered civilization?”

  3. From the band naming article:

    “We went through hundreds,” Willen said. “Well, maybe not hundreds, but there were five to 10 we really liked.”


  4. Haven’t seen Thelma and Louise in a really long while, and reading this article about the movie made me want to watch it again. Surely, I’ll see many things in the movie now when I’m not a wee kid.

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