"I use machines for everything." Farhad, Farhad, Farhad, don't you realize that your manual pedal trashcan is a simple machine?
It's amazing what one can do when confronted. A few years back a guy was harrassing me while I was at an ATM. At first I thought that he was going to try and rob me (it was late at night, and although there were people around I wasn't certain that they were paying attention), but then he tried to solicite me. (Note, I was dressed up like any other hipstery girl going out for drinks. A miniskirt and brooklyn industries t-shirt doesn't really scream prostitute). After I grabbed my money, and repeatedly told him to leave me alone and that no, I wasn't interested in his offer I started to walk away. Then he came up and PUT HIS ARM AROUND MY WAIST. I did what any sane person would do and turned out of his hold and screamed very loudly at him to get the fuck away from me and then ran into a bodega until the owner told me that the guy was no longer in sight.
@nicknboots I think that Lauren Jackson is very specifically discussing memes that arouse from the black community and were then co-opted as a way to promote a specific idea of acceptable black behavior.
@barnhouse Can one's actions really be said to be good "for Germany" if the country spent the next couple of decades divided?
@Reginal T. Squirge I think I'm coming from the perspective of someone who watched a lot of cheerleading but that "rap-talk-sing" section sounded more like a well rehearsed cheer than anything else.
There are so many other things that are more interesting to ask. I'd love to know what changes has surprised him the most about society; what surprises him that hasn't changed from when he was young; what he did during major events. There's such a wealth of information and it's a shame that these articles reduce it to "oh you're really old. wow."
@Clarence Rosario About the time when texting became a thing, especially since she'll be wondering why you haven't texted her and be certain that you aren't interested by the following evening.
@sox Yes! I've a guy friend who I argue constantly about this because he believes that it's all right to wait three days after a date as to not be "too eager." On behalf of women everywhere, I'm trying to break him of this belief.
Glad to see that the new editors are continuing The Awl's brave anti-moon stance.
On All the New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All the New Yorker Stories They Link To
@Mr. B Cosigned! But I like some of these lists because I really have no idea of what non-fiction is in the older editions of the New Yorker.