“A more accurate subtitle for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I would be Breaking Bella’s Hymen, since the time for marriage has come: at age 18, Bella’s ready to marry Edward and get her freak on. Sex and abortion are the main topics of this installment, which tips between dullness and total camp. Quality’s never been an issue with the target audience; this’ll make a fortune.”—
“You can call bullshit on so many cultural critics for observing their world at a safe distance, or critique activists for their lousy writing, but Willis succeeded at both and let the two roles inform each other. Her thoughtfulness and thoroughness, her refusal to sacrifice nuance or discount real life experience for the sake of an argument, is something that both activists and authors could learn a lot from. Too often people get caught in their own heads, falling in love with their own arguments so much that they lose touch with reality. Willis never did that—not in her political work, not in her music criticism (collected in last spring’s Out of the Vinyl Deeps). Her refusal to subsume her personality to a movement, or to ignore the things that were important to her, remains an inspiration. Feminism should help us become the people we want to be, not the people we think we should be in order to fight the man, or to serve him.”—The n+1 Research Collective is going to continue to post stuff about Ellen Willis, so be prepared! Take this opportunity to read the Introduction to No More Nice Girls for free, and if you’re hooked, join us in being completely obsessed with this book. Her work and the example she set have never been more relevant. (via thingsiatethatilove)
Imagine an industry where seventy percent of your products lose money. You knit ten different types of wool socks. Seven don’t sell enough to cover the cost of the wool, while the other three are so popular they’re capable of keeping the whole enterprise afloat. TThis is the basic math of book publishing, a business model that’s evolved over the course of the last couple centuries and has alternately baffled, unnerved, and outraged the long list of hugely intelligent people who have given their lives to it. This is the basic math of book publishing, a business model that’s evolved over the course of the last couple centuries and has alternately baffled, unnerved, and outraged the long list of hugely intelligent people who have given their lives to it.
“Generation X is beyond all that bulls—- now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up…
Heyyyyyyy, I’m a Millennial. Sniff. Also you don’t look at day over 27, my dear.
“Generation X is beyond all that bulls—- now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.”
Wait, Hersey, are you Gen X? I think we’re near in age and I’m Gen Y… I think. Now I don’t know. Help me, Wikipedia:
"The exact date range that constitutes Generation X is the subject of diverging opinions. Part of the variance comes from slightly differing definitions of what exactly Generation X is. Geography can also influence date ranges. Another problem stems from the difficulty in exactly defining a generation by birth year, as Fran Kick explains, "please understand that there are no hard and fast lines that occur between December 31st of one year and January 1st of the next. More often than not, it’s a shift that occurs over three to five years, maybe more depending on who you ask." Most sources cite a start in the mid 1960s, though some cite that Generation X began with people born as early as 1960. Some cite an end date before the end of the 1970s while others cite an end in the early 1980s. The birth years of 1981 and 1982 are cited as common end dates, with either depending on geographics, researcher, or the determination of what year the first millennial generation officially left grade school."
Either way this is funny and accurate.
Since you called me on it Garcia, here goes (I might as well share my age, since I seem to date myself on Tumblr all the time anyway): I was born in 1980. I have heard that I’m right smack dab on the line between Gen X and Gen Y, but being from New England, I think we were at least a couple years behind major metropolitan areas. Every single item in this essay applies to me (except for that part about being a parent) and my experience growing up/becoming an adult/growing older. Here’s the saddest part: everyone in the following paragraph had an impact on me.
Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out,Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself,Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.
I may be on the tail end, and I’m sure there are individuals born at the same time who can claim a very different experience, but I have always, and will always, identify with the Gen X experience.
And yes, I think the perfect snowflakes that make up the Millennials should shut the hell up. Of course, who am I to say anything? I had my own Gen Xer way of being obnoxious (unrelenting cynicism and sarcasm anyone?).
“Generation X is beyond all that bulls—- now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.”—Mat Honanis tired of the Millennials complaining about how bad they have it. (via washingtonpoststyle)
“Should I talk way up at the start about how mine is NOT a story saying there are no good men left? I’m terrified of people reading it that way — when in fact the reality, as I see it, is much more subtle and complex. Statistics are indeed showing that more men are struggling now than in the past, which is a result of vast economic forces, as well as social ones (Christina Hoff Sommers wrote very presciently about "The War Against Boys" in 2000). And this is serious, and needs to be paid attention to.
But the argument that there are fewer “marriageable” men than in the past relies on an archaic definition of “marriageable”: husbands who are higher-earning, better-educated, have more status, and are taller than their wives. (The “taller” thing keeps cropping up — just because it’s a very concrete and measurable thing.) The very good news for everyone is that women tend to be much more flexible in what they find attractive, so they’ll love and marry men in spite of any new so-called “failings.” And who knows — perhaps even prefer them? I for one have never been drawn to the “traditional” catch — the captain of the lacrosse team, etc. — but I know I’m weird like that.”
Okay, yeah, that Atlantic article is really getting to me. I was trying to find one quote from it that would be perfect, but I just want to cut and paste the whole thing. It’s amazing, so do one good thing for yourself today and read it (guys and gals). Please?
Remember when everyone was freaking out Turntable FM? That thing didn’t appeal to me at alllll. But this? It’s like they built it for me. But they’re out of baggage right now! Spew some of your issues and I’ll send some songs and advice.
Oh my god, this is genius. I love it.
Will be participating in this later. I think I’m more of the “carry it” type. It allows me to ignore my own problems.