June 25, 2019

Culture

"If you tell me to calm down, I probably won’t. The same goes for: “be reasonable,” “get over it already,” “you’re overreacting,” “it was just a joke,” “it’s not such a big deal.”"

"When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential."

"The air is getting more dangerous to breathe all over the world — and a suite of companies are hoping to capitalize with a new fashion item."

"Nowadays, the Men’s Rights movement runs the gamut from incels to red pillers, but in the 1970s, men's libbers looked something like… feminists?"

"The value of outsider art to the art world lies less in its formal qualities than in the narrative surrounding its artists. Outsider artists can make for easy-to-manage art stars: they’re often shy or indisposed, dead or reclusive."

"A few practical concerns tempered their Maoism: demands for free housing and food for minority students—and even for free fabric softener, the last of which prompted some well-deserved scorn on social media (“The Snuggle is real”)."

"The art school’s brief run in Germany shows not a simple dichotomy, but rather how, to varying degrees of bravery, individuals tried to survive under tyranny."

"Almost all major religions, monotheistic or otherwise, have featured some hierarchy of reward and penalty after death. The specifics are debated—some faiths describe endless torture, others a place for introspection..."

"The implication of conflict between Islam and the Constitution was indisputably part of Pirro's original rant, but she's right she never made the claim explicit. Her suggestion was a little narrower..."

..From eye contact parties and cuddle puddles to 'conscious dance.' The Bay Area has changed in a lot of ways, but still knows how to get kinky..."

"If only some women can be categorized as “real,” what becomes of the women outside those boundaries? Women can’t be divided neatly into models and “real” women."

"When college is held up as the one, true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—may worry when their children opt for vocational school instead."

"Aspirational content, akin to thousand-dollar "Vogue" spreads or "Travel & Leisure" editorials, bank on creating a sense of fantasy—however the actual return is low for most users."

"This is quite convenient: to take a tiny minority group like Jews and accuse them constantly and systematically of being white supremacists."

"The campaign by left-wing student protestors and some faculty to force Western universities to “decolonize the curriculum” has been surprisingly successful."

"Bravery Day. Deadline Day. A day dedicated to reaching out to the people you’ve lost touch with. Which do you want to see celebrated more broadly?"

"Pyt doesn’t have an exact English translation. It’s more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress... It most closely translates to the English sayings, “Don’t worry about it,” “stuff happens” or “oh, well.”"

" Explaining a panic attack is a little like explaining an explosion... you cannot truly convey a swelling balloon of heat, a concussion in the air, the lancing pain of shrapnel, in words."

"I can’t really get mad at Bob Kraft. I know I’m supposed to summon the Outrage, but the only outrage I can find is against America right now, and against the Internet that is making it into what it is."

"Versions of these place-destroying structures are to be found in every city in the world today, sometimes reshaped into gadgets, like the Walkie-Talkie building in London, more often just dulled down into blank mirrors..."

"The decline of traditional faith in America has coincided with an explosion of new atheisms. Some people worship beauty, some worship political identities, and others worship their children. But everybody worships something."

"...the Smollett story, if the “trajectory” leads to evidence of fakery, would actually reveal something else modern America is about: victimhood chic."

"I knew I was gay when I was eight years old, at least subconsciously... I didn’t know that I was a political conservative for many more years, until I came of age in an era of political correctness and resurgent socialism..."

"While people of color may not have risen to the same level of prominence as minorities just yet, there is a growing sense that the former should replace the latter when specifically referring to people who aren’t white."

"Racial capitalism is the process of getting some sort of social or economic benefit from someone else’s racial identity. In the United States, this usually, though not always, involves white people benefiting from nonwhite racial identity."

"[There's] a subgenre known as National Socialist black metal, which espouses neo-Nazi views and has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as aiming to recruit youth to white-supremacist causes."

There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is going under. The only question left is: Can an entire city donate its body to science?

At the 2019 Westminster Dog Show, King, a wire fox terrier, took home the coveted "Best in Show." Here are some pictures of the year's biggest dog show.

"The number of unsheltered homeless living in their cars is growing. Safe Parking programs from San Diego to King County are here to help them."

"Every generation or two, our offices completely change, driven by culture and consultants. Cubicles, perhaps the most reviled of these trends, were supposed to be the apex of office design."

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

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