It’s that time of month friends, time to talk about all of the articles that you really need to read. People always talk about journalism being slower in the summer but I came across so many amazing articles this month that just can’t be true. Journalism never really has an off season but everyone brought their A-game this month. I can’t wait for you to read these.
Aziz Ansari on Quitting the Internet, Loneliness, and Season 3 of Master of None by Mark Anthony Green
Aziz Ansari is such an interesting celebrity. There are not many celebrities out there who only want to make the art they’re really really proud of and then walk away. I’m not saying it’s the best approach but it is an interesting one. He is obsessed with everything and I love it. He is truly the most interesting man in the world.
I Choose My Pearls: on Feminism, Fashion and Disneyland by Tabitha Blankenbiller
You should be able to wear whatever you want. Why do I even have to say this? But normally this conversation revolves around something other than pearls. In essence the author wore pearls that mean a lot to her to Disneyland and was shamed for it. She took the lesson and reflected what it meant about herself and others around her.
Questions for me about dying by Cory Taylor
Straight forward – exactly what it sounds like. The writer is dying so she went on television to answer all of people’s pressing questions and then wrote an article about it. Anything you’ve ever wanted to ask someone about dying is here.
Losing it in the Anti-Dieting Age by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
I love Taffy, this is well documented, to demonstrate it (this was an accident) there are two pieces from her in this month’s post. Brodesser-Akner talks about what a lot of people don’t want to – dieting. Somehow collectively we’ve decided that everyone should be skinny and healthy, but not diet, no never diet god no. so how do you actually expect people to lose weight?
If you’re American, Katie Telford is Canada (Justin Trudeau’s) chief of staff. Steve Bannon before he got fired. Cryus Beene if you watch Scandal. Except oh yeah… she’s a woman. And she rarely gets written about. A truly fascinating person, and this article gives an inside look at her without actually getting to talk to her.
Renting in Toronto is a Total Nightmare by Katia Dmitrieva
Hi, if you’re new here I live in Toronto and renting here really is a total nightmare. If you like a place you better be ready to put in a cash offer right at that moment along with every bit of paperwork you could ever need. Otherwise someone else will get it first. Oh and also all of your options suck and are overpriced. Or you could read a more nuanced and professional look at what renting in Toronto is like via this article.
Robert Pattison is Alive Again by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Taffy take 2. As a journalist there is one type of interview I fear more than anything… the one where they give you absolutely nothing to work with. As a business journalist this is pretty much all I get. But Brodesser-Akner is able to take this interview where Pattison gives her nothing to work with and turns it into a beautiful portrait of a broken man. One of the best celebrity profiles I’ve ever read.
The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter by Kat Rosenfield
Lately I’ve been diving into YA literature circles. Reading all about them and woof they’re harsh. Twitter in general is harsh and unforgiving. It can often lead to unsubstantiated witch hunts. But YA twitter will come for a book it has never read and destroy the author’s career… watch out.
My Super Sweet 15 by Chavie Lieber
The business of quinceanera’s is booming. In the United States with a growing Latin American culture and a love for the big blow out party it’s natural that this would become a big business. I loved reading about another culture, their traditions and how they’ve been warped by American ideals.
I can’t really do this piece justice with explanation. If you’ve been following along with Kesha’s case or have listened to her new album then this is required reading.
The Scientists Who Shape What and How We Eat by Tove K. Danovich
It turns out we in North America eat the type of breakfast we do for a totally arbitrary reason. Someone just made it up to save their business. And now it’s become ingrained. This piece dives into the mess of nutrition and the people who made it this way.
Why We Fell For Clean Eating by Bee Wilson
Another piece about eating. I was so engross by this one I read it on the train on my phone so intensely the man scanning my ticket had to tap on my shoulder to get my attention. Basically clean eating is a lie, but everything we know about nutrition is and our food is still making us sick. So a group of people tried to take matters into their own hands, how are any of us ever supposed to know what to eat? Mostly the piece is about how the idea of clean eating turned nasty and the followers lashed out at others who disagree.
The Fallout From Sportswriting’s Filthiest Fuck-up by Jeff Pearlman
A fun piece to lighten the mood – except not really. A young man starting out in his career thought he would do something funny and wrote a fake paragraph he never intended to make it to print. But his editor was rushing and missed it. Then it changed his life.
An excerpt from Pao’s upcoming book. It is heartbreaking in unexpected ways. You think you know how sexism in that industry must work, but there are things you’ll be surprised by. I know I was.
The Sisterhood of the Exact Same Pants by Stephanie Talmadge
Coming from Canada the idea of sororities like this fascinates me. My university had them but they were not a big deal and really not my cup of tea. If you don’t know anything about sororities the way I don’t, the way they dress might fascinate you the way it did me.
The Girl From Plainville by Jesse Barron
Barron follows the case of the girl who talked her boyfriend into committing suicide and was convicted of it. He discusses the ramifications of that convictions and whether you can really talk someone into committing suicide. But mainly he discusses Michelle Carter and her trail and how this all happened in the first place.
That’s it for this month. Please tell me what pieces you liked, what you didn’t and what you think I missed. I apologize this came much later into than month than I meant it to… TIFF has been going on and I’ve been busy. I hope you’re all well and please leave any suggestions in the comments.
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