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newyorker:

Carla Blumenkranz on the influential editor and writing teacher Gordon Lish, and the pleasures and pitfalls of writing to seduce your teacher: http://nyr.kr/1fFMOFa
Photograph by Bill Hayward.

newyorker:

Carla Blumenkranz on the influential editor and writing teacher Gordon Lish, and the pleasures and pitfalls of writing to seduce your teacher: http://nyr.kr/1fFMOFa

Photograph by Bill Hayward.

(Source: newyorker.com)

thewomentakeover:

Except we can.

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etsy:

"When I first started making mice, I designed a little traveler mouse. I think that all my wishes to go on a great adventure and follow my dreams were transmitted to this little character. To this day, he is my favorite thing I’ve ever made, because he represents the adventurer and dreamer that we all have inside." - Johana

Read more» Featured Shop: Felting Dreams | The Etsy Blog

newyorker:

In this week’s issue, Ariel Levy shares her experience of losing a baby: http://nyr.kr/1cNB4Fh
Illustration by Jeffrey Decoster.

newyorker:

In this week’s issue, Ariel Levy shares her experience of losing a baby: http://nyr.kr/1cNB4Fh

Illustration by Jeffrey Decoster.

(Source: newyorker.com)

laughingsquid:

Jane Austen Temporary Tattoos by Archie McPhee

laughingsquid:

Jane Austen Temporary Tattoos by Archie McPhee

Women ages 3 to 84 answer, “what inspires you about STEM?”

Get inspired.

thenewinquiry:

Quoted as wanting something that “feels black” for her new album, Miley Cyrus switches between embracing and distancing herself from the genre she seeks validation from. In a severe overestimation of her abilities, she said, “A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That’s not what I’m trying to do.” A month later: “Lil Kim is who I am on the inside.”
Like most dress-up games, racial drag is an exercise in fantasy, one that can exist only when femininity is constructed around whiteness, which in turn is constructed around purity. A desire to rebel against such a buttoned-up ethos leaves the white girl desperate for an identity through which to distinguish herself. To this end, white Americans have always been able to use black people.
Black women’s sexuality has been historically presented as deviant and exaggerated, somehow more “primitive.” The thrill of appropriation lies in accessing the perceived authenticity of black sexuality, the success of appropriation lies in abandoning its natural form. Transfer to a white body elevates the action. It’s no longer primitive because while nonwhite culture is assumed to be rooted in instinct, white culture is one of intent. Elaborate nail art, like the kind Miley wears now, appears stylish on a white girl but described as “ghetto” on a black girl because on the white girl, it’s an aesthetic choice whereas black girls just don’t know any better. White people clamoring to up their cred by appropriating nonwhite culture do so hoping to be rewarded for choices that are falsely seen as inherent in people of color. It’s this savvy that Miley wants us to be convinced of.
-“Can the White Girl Twerk?” by Ayesha A. Siddiqi

thenewinquiry:

Quoted as wanting something that “feels black” for her new album, Miley Cyrus switches between embracing and distancing herself from the genre she seeks validation from. In a severe overestimation of her abilities, she said, “A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That’s not what I’m trying to do.” A month later: “Lil Kim is who I am on the inside.”

Like most dress-up games, racial drag is an exercise in fantasy, one that can exist only when femininity is constructed around whiteness, which in turn is constructed around purity. A desire to rebel against such a buttoned-up ethos leaves the white girl desperate for an identity through which to distinguish herself. To this end, white Americans have always been able to use black people.

Black women’s sexuality has been historically presented as deviant and exaggerated, somehow more “primitive.” The thrill of appropriation lies in accessing the perceived authenticity of black sexuality, the success of appropriation lies in abandoning its natural form. Transfer to a white body elevates the action. It’s no longer primitive because while nonwhite culture is assumed to be rooted in instinct, white culture is one of intent. Elaborate nail art, like the kind Miley wears now, appears stylish on a white girl but described as “ghetto” on a black girl because on the white girl, it’s an aesthetic choice whereas black girls just don’t know any better. White people clamoring to up their cred by appropriating nonwhite culture do so hoping to be rewarded for choices that are falsely seen as inherent in people of color. It’s this savvy that Miley wants us to be convinced of.

-“Can the White Girl Twerk?” by Ayesha A. Siddiqi

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Airbnb’s New York Problem

newyorker:

James Surowiecki on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s wide-ranging subpoena to Airbnb: http://nyr.kr/16vY1Ia

“By helping people easily rent their apartments to vacationers, Airbnb is challenging entrenched economic interests (the hotel industry) and a system of regulation that’s designed to deal with corporate hoteliers, not individual landlords.”

Photograph by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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