10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 5–18 September 2015

 Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann [public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons

Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Michelle Tea's "Part Neither, Part Both" at Harper's Magazine:

The hospital room in which I recovered from my caesarean section was as cold and ugly as any hospital room anywhere, but because it was high on a hill in San Francisco the view was magnificent. For four morphined days, the shifting sky outside seemed alive, in cahoots with us, saluting our success with its ribbons of clouds and confetti of stars.

Laura Bennett's "The First-Person Industrial Complex" at Slate:

…this is, more than anything, a labor problem—writers toiling at the whims of a system with hazardous working conditions that involve being paid next to nothing and guaranteed a lifetime of SEO infamy. The first-person boom, Tolentino says, has helped create “a situation in which writers feel like the best thing they have to offer is the worst thing that ever happened to them.”

Listen to Eartha Kitt literally being awesome:

Javier Moreno's "This Tattoo Artist Is Covering The Scars Of Domestic Violence Survivors Free Of Charge" at BuzzFeed:

Two years ago, she had a client who wanted to cover up a scar on her abdomen. The scar had a terrible backstory, being the result of a violent attack. That’s when Carvalho decided to use her skills to help other women.

Heather Havrilesky's "Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?" at The Cut:

There's a reason a lot of your successful friends are "lovely odd ducks for whom you’d never predict bonkers mainstream success." Those are people who do the work they love passionately, who bring the full force of their personalities to every project, and the world embraces them with equal passion. Those are not people who are trying to "connect" with some imagined audience. They're fucking weirdos who are foisting their weird creations on the world without apology.

Nathan Ferguson's "The Power User Problem" at Cyborgology:

Rather than try to “fix” software designed to meet the demands of certain (power) users and shareholders, it might be more fruitful to reimagine software whose default user is not a composite of focus testers, the designers and their imagined user types, and demographic/usage data, but a potentiality of users willing to adapt software to their particular needs and desires.


"Student’s Guide to Writing Critical Essays in Business Ethics (and beyond)" at Business Ethics Journal Review:

Be modest. Your goal should be to offer some insight, rather than to win a debate. Rather than to “show that Smith is wrong” or “prove that Sen’s view is incorrect,” you should set your aims on some more reasonable goal, such as “casting doubt” on the view you are critiquing, or “suggesting reason why so-and-so should modify her view.”

Sarah Einstein's "'I have never turned heads': What it’s like when you’re not the object of desire" at Salon:

My husband gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. In the moonlight, his long blond hair looks almost white, his skin glows. I lie quietly and stare at the small of his back, the curve of his ass, the delicate taper of his thighs. This is a kind of looking that, until I married him, I knew only how to receive, not to give; a looking that is full of desire for the other, not as a whole being, but as an object of beauty.

This is not how he looks at me.

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