June 26, 2019

Culture

"As I’m using the word “advice,” it aims to combine the impersonal and the transformative. You could think of it as “instructions for self-transformation.”"

"Peasant homes in first century Bethlehem were designed with what we would today call an "open concept." They typically had one large room..."

"It's been a half-century since Gloria Steinem exposed the outrageous working conditions at Hugh Hefner's club. Playboy has changed—but have we?"

"By invoking camp as a political and aesthetic tradition, the party announced its own raison d’être. It is too bad, then, that the camp of the Met Gala pink carpet this year was domesticated and defanged by earnestness."

"Trying to get professors fired because you don’t like their views isn’t activism—it’s preening would-be totalitarianism."

"I saw the sense of connection that Birthright nurtured in my Jewish friends and planned my own life-changing journey."

"Holzhauer’s aggressive betting strategy and impressive knowledge base have helped him earn more than $1 million in the blink of an eye, leading many to call him a wizard who may turn Ken Jennings into a footnote in history."

"The Ancient Greeks named four virtues: temperance, wisdom, courage and justice. Aristotle added more, but cheerfulness wasn’t one of them."

"In the late 1800s, inhabitants of the dirty, sick slums of the world’s recently industrialised cities were increasingly drawn to the call of Zion..."

"The terms “women of color” and “people of color” are meant to be inclusive. But, from my perspective, they only help to leave black people behind — specifically black women."

"Like all trip stories, mine sound crazy at worst and clichéd at best. But I can tell you this much: at the peak of my experience, my sense of self dissolved and I unified with an abiding force that permeated all existence..."

"Adam Morris’s American Messiahs: False Prophets for a Damned Nation attempts this difficult task, tracing a series of cults and communes through history from the founding of the American Republic to the fall of Jonestown."

"One particular myth that attached itself to Ledger was that his death was somehow a result of immersing himself in the character of the Joker."

"What if there were a way to promote gender inclusion—as announcing pronouns and adding Mx. as an option to airline reservations seek to do—without running the risk of worsening gender inequality? We think there is: using they/them for everyone..."

"From the context of comedy to transphobic memes, ContraPoints is doing the seemingly impossible: making nuanced and controversial political debates both sexy and engaging."

"A recent survey showed there are now as many Americans who claim “no religion” — 23 percent — as there are who identify as Catholic or evangelical, the two largest affiliations."

"The current system for delivering news online is broken. Readers and journalists will need to work together to find a new one."

"Suppose we were to say that only those people are women who possess two X chromosomes. Do we then want to exclude trans women? This question has arisen with some hostility recently..."

"Her new book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, looks at first glance like another contribution to the literature of digital detox. "

"Conservatives, crack open some champagne and celebrate. A remarkable renewal of traditional painting and sculpture has taken place in the American art scene over the past 10 years."

"During the Super Bowl this year, a commercial about inclusive, or human-centred, design was broadcast, showing how Microsoft redesigned the Xbox by working with children who have disabilities."

"somewhere along the way, the message of inclusivity went from “every kind of person can be beautiful” to “every person is beautiful.” I’m increasingly convinced that this message [is] harmful."

"For some of the immigrants who take classes in English and citizenship from Welcoming the Stranger... the past few years have clouded the sense of welcome they felt when they first came to America."

"Twitter user @freeyourmindkid asked white people to share “the most outrageous thing that you’ve gotten away with as a white person that you know damn well a black or brown person would have never gotten away with?”"

"Presidential races are getting longer.... There was a time when a future president could wait until the latter half of the year to announce a campaign for the next."

"Nineteenth-century minstrel entertainers spawned a racist caricature that endures to this day when they darkened their faces to portray black people as grinning, dancing simpletons."

"Characters like Maryann White come along, and they’re so easy to hate. Swimming through the news cycle today is exhausting when done carefully — and the Maryann Whites of the world are convenient life buoys."

"An unscrupulous, money-hungry marketing industry helped define the millennials, often with wildly inept results. And now it's getting to work on the next cohort."

"Although widely held, the belief that merit rather than luck determines success or failure in the world is demonstrably false. This is not least because merit itself is, in large part, the result of luck."

"The experts I spoke with all said that the internet had changed the way conspiracies spread, but conspiracies, both dangerous and petty, have always been with us."

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

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