Weekend Reading

  • 13 Tips For Losing Weight Without Going Broke
    If you think you need to spend a lot of money to lose weight, you can blame the expensive juice detoxes and plans that call for super powders and other uncommon ingredients. While you can spend a ton of money on such plans, you don’t have to.
    Step 1, stop following a ‘plan’?

  • ‘As if’
    Some movies have a way of infiltrating our everyday conversations. “Clueless,” for example, influenced the way an entire generation of kids talked. In the mid-1990s, suddenly every teen was dishing out a blase “whatever” when they weren’t totally buggin’ or Audi.
    I’d love a British version of this, although most of our cultural influences are from the US anyway. How many of these do you know?

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
    When the alarm goes off after a late bedtime and a restless night, most of us are tempted to hit the snooze button. Resist the urge — it’ll only make things worse.
    I can’t hit my snooze button without physically getting up and out of bed. But now I understand why this is helping me sleep better.

  • The 2-Dot Optical Illusion Is a Simple GIF That Will …
    Optical illusions are fun for some, and infuriating for many. Take, for example, the two-dot illusion that resurfaced on the web in January 2018. It blew up online, for reasons you’ll understand after taking a look yourself.
    An oldie but a goodie… watch watch watc… whoooaaaaa!

  • In a disposable age, luxury is something old, worn, and beautiful
    I’m slowly ‘disposing’ of my IKEA furniture for older, worn, pieces. So much more life in them.

  • Elena Ferrante: ‘I make an effort never to exaggerate with an exclamation mark’
    Of all the punctuation marks, it’s the one I like the least. It suggests a commander’s staff, a pretentious obelisk, a phallic display I try never to raise my voice. Enthusiasm, anger, even pain I try to express with restraint, tending towards self-mockery.
    Guilty as charged!!

  • Doing Dishes Is the Worst
    This is now an empirically proven fact. Dishwashing causes more relationship distress than any other household task. Every day, they slowly accumulate. Plates covered in sauces and crumbs. Bowls with a fine layer of sticky who-knows-what.
    Two solutions: 1. Live alone. 2. Get a dishwasher. Simple. No??

  • The World’s First Face Gym Wants To Make Your Head Sweat
    When we work out, it’s all about the abs, glutes, and biceps. But a new gym is targeting an often-ignored set of muscles: the ones behind your smile. Called (what else?) FaceGym, it melds beauty, spa, and, well, face-muscle fitness.
    File under: FFS.

  • 50 years since his death, Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophical work is all but forgotten
    In the 50 years since the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the memory of the transformative civil rights leader has undergone a “Disneyfication.” Textbooks, movies, and TV shows often suggest that King’s quest for racial and economic equality was ultimately successful.
    50 years and it doesn’t seem like all that much has really changed.

  • 8 Photos of Badass Women Who Made Hatred Shrink in Their Presence
    An image of Saffiyah Khan, a young woman from Birmingham, made waves as it reminded the world of the power of peaceful resistance in the face of grotesque hatred.
    I am lucky enough to know several badass women, but this is a whole other level.

  • For Deeper Sleep and a Stronger Memory, Listen to …
    A love for sleep is what unites all of humanity. Probably. In any case, many people are on a never-ending mission to elevate their snooze sessions, from choosing the perfect pillow to setting the perfect room temperature. One more tip to take your bedtime to the next level: pink noise.
    I had no idea there was such a thing… by why is it called pink noise?

  • Pink noise
    Pink noise or  1⁄f noise is a signal or process with a frequency spectrum such that the power spectral density (energy or power per frequency interval) is inversely proportional to the frequency of the signal.
    Ohhhhhh that’s why.

  • Samantha Irby: Why I’d Rather Live Alone
    Subtitle says it all. Also, no one to fall out with over doing the dishes.

  • Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.
    Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book. But not just any book. They had to choose from a list of ones covering some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods.
    Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. (name that quote)

  • What Lorrie Moore’s Essays Can Teach Us About “The Male Glance”
    The Spring 2018 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review features an article by Lili Loofbourow that has attracted a lot of attention, and which sparked a good deal of discussion among friends of mine.
    “The White Male Glance”, which is my lens on the world, is one I’m constantly trying to refocus.

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