Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?
There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes. Where is the big switch that flips all this? PLEASE!
The Strange History of ‘O Canada’
By the time my family moved to Quebec in 1968, the province had long since stopped singing Canada’s national anthem. At age seven, I attended an English public school on the south shore of Montreal. I get the feeling most national anthems go through similar ebbs and flows. Now, about Flower of Scotland.
Roxane Gay’s Complicated “Hunger”
Roxane Gay has several personae, but she first garnered Internet fame as a diarist. Brutal honest writing. May not be an easy read for some, but you should try.
Nina Simone in Liberia
Someone who knew Nina Simone well—a Liberian friend of hers, I suppose a mutual friend now—told me a story. Liberia’s past is in pieces, he said, and here’s one of them. Maybe it’s the one you’re looking for. I love these types of articles, that build a fuller picture of someone so iconic (about whom my knowledge is scant)
This Is Why The Minions Are So Popular
I played a clip of the Minions covering the Beach Boys hit “Barbara Ann” and instructed my classroom of 4- and 5-year-olds to sing along. Banana? BAAANNAAANNNAAAAA (my first introduction to these mental yellow dudes)
From Ptolemy to GPS, the Brief History of Maps
We now have the whole world in our hands, but how did we get here? Last spring, a 23-year-old woman was driving her car through the Ontario town of Tobermory. It was unfamiliar territory for her, so she was dutifully following her GPS. Who doesn’t love a map? Who doesn’t struggle with GPS directions? Ohhh just me…??
Lectureporn: The Vulgar Art of Liberal Narcissism
Joan Didion began covering political campaigns in 1988. By then, she had switched to being a Democrat, which did little to change her views of the world or change her life in any tangible way. This made her incredibly skeptical about America’s two-party system. Is THIS the problem with liberals? Perhaps. I know the flags go up for me when the words start to ‘flourish’.
As they put me to sleep, my mouth fills with the dust of the moon. I expect to choke on the silt but instead it slides in and out, and in and out, and I am, impossibly, breathing. Back on Earth, Dr. U is inside me. Her hands are in my torso, her fingers searching for something. An insider view of bariatric surgery (not LITERALLY inside… sheesh, and ewwww).
From the Quiet of Wimbledon, the Loud Groan of the Crowd
Tradition is as much a part of the Wimbledon experience as the grass itself, from the predominantly white clothing rule to the strawberries and cream sold around the grounds of the All England Club. Ahhh yes, the politely mannered British at their… best?
Exile in Guyville
For Interview magazine, singer-songwriter Liz Phair talks with author Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose first book, Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America, originally published in 1997, has just been re-released with a new afterword by the author. Never read Prozac Nation, but big fan of Liz Phair.
New map records massacres of Aboriginal people in Frontier Wars
Rottnest Island: Black prison to white playground Related Story: Claims Tasmania’s Aboriginal naming policy not inclusive Related Story: What are kids today learning about Tasmania’s Aboriginal history? Righting historical wrongs. White men have a lot to answer for.
Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways
In the fall of 1989 Princeton University welcomed into its freshman class a young man named Alexi Santana, whose life story the admissions committee had found extraordinarily compelling. He had barely received any formal schooling. Turns out it’s not just because your pants are on fire (which never made any sense anyway)
How Ford’s New CEO Plans To Beat Tesla, Uber, And Google
In April 2017, the Ford Motor Company–114 years old, the second largest carmaker in the country behind General Motors, a stalwart of American manufacturing–was suddenly worth less than 14-year-old Tesla. Smart. New CEO. One to watch?
People are now snorting chocolate to get high
It really is nose candy. Coco Loko — a “snortable” blend of cacao powder, plants and organic compounds like ginkgo biloba, taurine and guarana — is getting buzz as a drug-free high. What the… I mean… what?
Why You Will One Day Have a Brain Computer Interface
Implanting a microchip inside the brain to augment its mental powers has long been a science fiction trope. Now, the brain computer interface is suddenly the hot new thing in tech. This spring, Elon Musk started a new company, Neuralink, to do it. Science fiction is faster and faster becoming science fact. This is fascinating, scary, and exciting.
Why Are So Many Bottles “Sqround”?
They’ve all embraced the same type of bottle for their products. It’s not exactly a square. And it’s not exactly round. “The official term is ‘sqround,’” says John Zelek, Senior Creative at Soylent. The company’s new bottles are shipping now. No no no. NO. Sqround is NOT A WORD!!