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The Future is Here

The Future is Here

Writer in New York, NY.

On Reading Assigned

Just to plug this further for anyone reading the comments: this article is wonderful, especially if you've been looking for a non-book length explanation of how housing discrimination (and other federal policies) is the root cause of, well, everything.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On How "Adventure Time" Came To Be

I am so glad you did this. Adventure Time is indeed one of the greatest shows I've ever had the privilege to watch. Hoping for Fiona and Cake finally manifest in this universe in season 6.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm 0

On Today Is The Day We Can Get Rid Of Richard Cohen

Can he be equally fired for using "repress" when he meant "suppress?"

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm 3

On Ad Sad

The subtext of this ad is that you can rescue the clinically depressed loved one/friend/family member in your life who sleeps a lot by spending a lot of money on Christmas this year.

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm 1

On Millennial Fired For Tweet

While I've always thought tipping should be optional whenever you aren't getting sit-down service at a restaurant, if I worked in FINANCE, man, I would want to tip ALL THE GODDAMN TIME. It feels GOOD! How did not one person look around, take responsibility and think to themselves, hmmm, I make six figures, I think I'll put a ten in the jar?

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm 0

On A Poem By Patricia Lockwood

this is incredibly good

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm 0

On Woah! It's Lame Twitter

I do think using "spoiler alert" as an of-the-moment idiom sort of retains a certain respectibility, as long as it's used with some irony, for example, to answer a rhetorical question with sarcastic emphasis: "Are people on Reddit as funny as they think they are? (Spoiler Alert: Nope.)"

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm 2

On Ask Polly: Should I Drop Out Of College?

Your reply to the first letter was on point and inspiring: I'm already a few years out of college, but... thank you for all of that.

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm 0

On Our Billionaire Philanthropists

As someone who works at another major foundation, I can confirm that philanthropic impunity from criticism is too common. It's nearly impossible to turn to another foundation to tell them what or what not to do, let alone call them out, especially since foundations work very hard to maintain a public appearance of political neutrality (lest the right-wing unleash and put you in its fundraising letters like it does to the ACLU).But many grantmakers are aware of a lot of the issues you raised, and I hear lots of whispers about how to acheive an "impact/results" model that is explicitly NOT like Gates, since many people we work with, especially in Africa, express concern about Gates' "we know how to do it best" attitude.
Rule number one should be that foundations need to show independence from their namesakes and benefactors (even if they're still alive). The current fad to emphasize results and impact, similarly, needs to be independent of this new worship of for-profit partnership, as you so eloquently described it. Sure, many foundations have been "throwing money" at certain things for so long, that obviously shifts in strategy and result tracking is neccessary (I think, for example, Rocco Landesman's controversial comments about supply/demand in the arts from last year were an admirable attempt to jumpstart that kind of discussion). But hopefully, major foundations can develop a definition of "results" that would be markedly different than how a corporation might envision it: that is, results being projects that have a multiplicative, "spiraling out" effect on social action, rather than, say, counting malaria cases and then counting mosquito nets.
Developing a clear idea of how philanthropy can trascend its origins is still a work in progress, but if foundations focus on root causes of inequality and injustice, and combine that with a hearty dose of shutting up and listening, they can stay relevant and do a lot of positive good.

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm 3

On 'Bridesmaids': Am I Doing Being A Woman Wrong?

@Shane Truax@facebook I do appreciate your point about how the author applied the Bechdel test, you're right, but I don't really think it's necessary to think of the pursuit of love as gendered. If Hollywood said to me, "all women want is a mate," I'd say, bullsh*t, but if Hollywood said to me, "all anybody wants is love," to me, that's harmless. I mean, heck, the civil rights issue of our decade revolves around the right to get married, around love! It's in this context this movie has been made, a context that specifically suggests love/partnership transcends gender. To apply an old construct that men are narratively "fixing" women at the end of movies with relationships, I think, is a mistake, if only when it comes to this movie.

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm 0