Just some chick.

On The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram

I've been around doctors and hospitals a lot, one way and another, and came to the conclusion that their pitch-black humor is an essential palliative for everyone who works with patients. They'd go crazy otherwise, maybe.

Also, I loved this post.

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm 0

On Where Should We Bury the Dead Racist Literary Giants?

I do not think we should bury the dead racist literary giants; they should be forever exhumed. If Octavia Butler were alive I should love to ask her: isn't this exactly the restitution that was needed, "to have Lovecraft glowering from her shelf"? We would never understand the balance, if we didn't understand the imbalance.

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:27 am 0

On The Chosen Vegetables

Breadcrumbs in ejjeh?! wat (also, definitely try putting a teeny little bit of allspice and/or cinnamon in there!!!)

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm 0

On The Birth of Adulthood in American Culture

@MrTeacup that's just the thing. I don't think it's all that rare that parents just try to give their best judgement disinterestedly, knowing that the most important thing is to protect the child's autonomy. Because rational adults hope that the child will do better than they did themselves (and that necessitates choosing differently than we did!) The main thing is to keep the door open. (?)

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 1:46 am 0

On The Birth of Adulthood in American Culture

@MrTeacup fascinating as ever. I do love the cut of your jib.

I am not saying that any of these characters or stories are "versions of Pinocchio", though. I said only that these three guys remind me of the donkey-boys of the Disney cartoon: what happens to bad boys, yes, drawn in the broadest strokes.

I'm a parent and also a child, and I in no way believe that "less selfishness, more empathy" is a matter of "parental authority" or getting anyone to behave. It's just plain true that empathy, restraint, thoughtfulness etc. ("adult" virtues) make for a better and happier and more interesting human life. This isn't about "obedience": it's about an undeceived and proportionate understanding of one person's place in the world.

I don't tell my kids that so they'll be less trouble! I tell them that because I want them to be more happy and to live more fully.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm 0

On The Impossible Reddit

"the reason is because"

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm 1

On Take Time

@davidwatts so good

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On Who Reads 'Mein Kampf'?

Wow, "did good for Germany"--I guess they haven't seen photos of Berlin afterward. What does that even mean, to the person who wrote that. (Such a great piece, thank you.)

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm 0

On Portrait of an Israeli Peace Protest

Great great great piece. Thank you.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 12:32 am 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

@Donna Michele Fernstrom@facebook lol. Several (NOT all) commenters here have astutely noted that as the author of this post I am in fact an author. It would be pretty remarkable, therefore, if I were against authors getting paid.

Traditional publishers take a larger cut of e-book proceeds than does Amazon-as-publisher. But in exchange, they offer authors and readers services they need. I leave you to consider how many authors, given the choice between self-publishing through Amazon or taking a conventional deal at FS&G, will take the former.

Compensating authors for e-books distributed through libraries: as I mentioned above, both Scribd and Oyster have made acceptable deals with the Big Five (acceptable to the Big Five, I mean) that result in author compensation for those books. It's Amazon's greed and its insatiable monopolistic ambitions that have created the situation I'm so angry about. Everyone who cares about literary culture should avoid doing any business there ever.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:39 am 0