Let her be bored. Let her have long afternoons with absolutely nothing to do. Limit her TV-watching time and her internet-playing time and take away her cell phone. Give her a whole summer of lazy mornings and dreamy afternoons. Make sure she has a library card and a comfy corner where she can curl up with a book.
Give her a notebook and five bucks so she can pick out a great pen. Insist she spend time with the family. It’s even better if this time is spent in another state, a cabin in the woods, a cottage on the lake, far from her friends and people her own age. Give her some tedious chores to do. Make her mow the lawn, do the dishes by hand, paint the garage. Make her go on long walks with you and tell her you just want to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood.
Let her be lonely. Let her believe that no one in the world truly understands her. Give her the freedom to fall in love with the wrong person, to lose her heart, to have it smashed and abused and broken. Occasionally be too busy to listen, be distracted by other things, have your nose in a great book, be gone with your own friends. Let her have secrets.
Melanie Beaudette makes us feel good about free love and oh, so bad about all the swinging we’ve been doing.
My review of country music’s holy place and all the joy and sorrow that comes from being trapped inside of it.
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Matt Bragg provides with a haunting piece of short fiction
I kinda wish this was real.
Things Political Scientists Like: Google+ Hangouts with 2012 Presidential Candidates.
I just chatted with Newt Gingrich for a few minutes about Thucydides and Greek democracy, since he asked what I was working on, and then I asked him about the debt ceiling negotiations.
I have to applaud Gingrich for the way he’s jumped into the fray with new technology; this was far more engaging than President Obama’s Twitter Town Hall earlier this week.
yea its cool that privileged, conservative bigots have embraced the same over-indulgent world of pointless interaction the rest of us seem to think is so necessary.
fuck Newt Gingrich. he can eat a dick.
Thank you for articulating exactly what I was thinking.
Be forewarned that this video is extremely graphic, but also, in context, extremely important:
Though we just ended our month-long challenge to go vegetarian, an increasingly common piece of proposed legislation has us diving back into the meat-eating debate today. In a piece from yesterday called “Banned From the Barn,” New York Times food writer Mark Bittman covers several recent bills proposed in Florida, New York, Iowa and Minnesota whose core purpose was always the same: To make it illegal for people to take photos or video footage of agricultural facilities. In other words, our farmers don’t want us to see what they’re doing.
Why so secretive? Just watch the above (and very graphic) video for the answer. It was filmed at the Iowa Select Farms pig facility in Kamrar, and it depicts conscious piglets having their genitals and tails removed without anesthetic and conscious pigs being smashed headfirst into the concrete by sadistic handlers. This is how meat is made on factory farms in America, and it makes sense that meat producers don’t want you to see this stuff—would you want your bacon coming from a hellish nightmare like Iowa Select, or the dozens of other factory farms that commit similar abuses day after day?
Here’s an article on day/weekend tripping to Providence, Rhode Island in a new literary magazine I’m doing with some friends. Figured I should use my powers for good.