[Essay] "Put on the Diamonds", By Vivian Gornick | Harper's Magazine

Notes on humiliation

Link: https://harpers.org/archive/2021/10/put-on-the-diamonds-notes-on-humiliation-vivian-gornick/
Anton Chekhov once observed that the worst thing life can do to human beings is to inflict humiliation. Nothing, nothing, nothing in the world can destroy the soul as much as outright humiliation. Every other infliction can eventually be withstood or overcome, but not humiliation. Humiliation lingers in the mind, the heart, the veins, the arteries forever. It allows people to brood for decades on end, often deforming their inner lives.

What We Lost When Gannett Came to Town

We don’t often talk about how a paper’s collapse makes people feel: less connected, more alone.

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/10/gannett-local-newspaper-hawk-eye-iowa/619847/
Alison started shouting out assignments. Matt Gallo should head to the hospital; Susan Fisher and Mike Sweet should drive downtown for man-on-the-street interviews; Steve Delaney, Tony Miller, and the photographers should go straight to the scene. Within the hour, firefighters evacuated the newsroom (train cars containing anhydrous ammonia were parked perilously close) and everyone regrouped at a nearby dive bar. Reporters made calls from the payphone and scrawled their stories on reams of paper someone had nabbed from an old typewriter shop. Photographers developed their film in a bathtub at someone’s house on the northwest side of town.

Who Is the Bad Art Friend?

Art often draws inspiration from life — but what happens when it’s your life? Inside the curious case of Dawn Dorland v. Sonya Larson.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/magazine/dorland-v-larson.html
This had become Sonya Larson’s summer of hell. What had started with her reaching heights she’d never dreamed of — an entire major American city as her audience, reading a story she wrote, one with an important message about racial dynamics — was ending with her under siege, her entire career in jeopardy, and all for what she considered no reason at all: turning life into art, the way she thought that any writer does.

Into Oblivion

How news outlets are handling the right to be forgotten

Link: https://www.cjr.org/special_report/right-to-be-forgotten.php/
After reading through the Le Soir case, she wrote a blog post issuing a warning to US newspaper editors: “In America I hear lots of people scoff and say, ‘The First Amendment will never let that happen here.’ After five years of researching this topic, I have to say I’m not quite as optimistic that the American media are as protected as they may think.” She added: “If nothing else, we need to stay on top of the facts and consider how both the EU’s existing law might be more broadly interpreted—and how a U.S. version might unfold. It can’t hurt to be ready.”

Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin on the Mysterious Alchemy of Sketch Comedy

A conversation with the two friends behind the cult hit “I Think You Should Leave.”

Link: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/tim-robinson-and-zach-kanin-on-the-mysterious-alchemy-of-sketch-comedy
t.r.: And I got sick that morning, and so I told my wife, Heather, “Just go. Take the kids.” They had a car come for them, and drove them to Madison Square Garden. And she showed up and they said, “Well, if the person from ‘S.N.L.’ ’s not here . . . then you’re not allowed to come in.” They turned my wife away. My kids had to leave, and they’re crying. And then the car was gone, too, so they had to hail a cab to get back home. They turned away my crying kids.

The Cinematic Shock of “Titane” Arrives in New York

The transgressive Cannes winner opens this week, but a viewer may get a more lasting jolt from the uncut version of Andrzej Żuławski’s “Possession.”

Link: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-cinematic-shock-of-titane-arrives-in-new-york
To have sex with an automobile, if this film is to be trusted, all you need is a clean driving license and a dirty mind. Alexia takes plum position inside the vehicle, bang in the middle, and holds on tight to a couple of scarlet seat belts, for better purchase. Not to be outdone, the Caddy bounces up and down of its own free will and lurches from side to side. I haven’t seen a car enjoying itself so much since “Herbie Goes Bananas” (1980).

How Miami Seduced Silicon Valley

Awash in coders, crypto, and capital, the city is loving — and beginning to shape — its newest industry.

Link: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/09/how-miami-seduced-silicon-valley.html
It took a tweet, though, to ignite what Suarez calls “the Miami movement.” On December 4, Delian Asparouhov, a venture capitalist in San Francisco, posted, “ok guys hear me out, what if we move silicon valley to Miami,” and Suarez, lying in bed at home in Coconut Grove, replied, “How can I help?” Those four words got more than 2.7 million impressions. Ever since, Suarez has been on a mission to rebrand Miami — long a place to spend money, rather than earn it — as a haven for founders who feel underappreciated in more calcified urban climes. He bought (with money from a venture capitalist) billboards in San Francisco featuring his Twitter handle and an invitation to “DM me.” As he put it, “I saw the tsunami coming, got out my surfboard, and started paddling.”
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We Went to Vegas to Wring Joy From Heartbreak

Mitchell S. Jackson and his oldest friends reunited to mourn the ones they lost — and honor the time they have left.

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/23/magazine/covid-las-vegas.html
About the Thread — not a day passes that thread goes silent. None. The Thread is where we announce anniversaries, our kids’ milestones, the birth of a grandbaby. It’s where we wish one another happy born days and post clips of the celebrations. The Thread is where we congratulate one another on new jobs or business ventures or awards or championships or a retirement. It’s where we coordinate where to connect when we’re in the same city. The Thread is where we’ve arranged an occasional group Zoom call. On the Thread, we share clips of ourselves working out with captions like “getting it in.” The Thread is where we report the previous night’s shenanigans: who was on one or tapped out too soon or ghosted at night’s end. The Thread is where a few dudes profess possessing the best fighting hands in the crew.
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Who Actually Gets to Create Black Pop Culture? ❧ Current Affairs

A closer look at the economics of Black pop culture reveals that most Black creators (outside music) come from middle-to-upper middle class backgrounds, while the Black poor are written about but rarely get the chance to speak for themselves.

Link: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/07/who-actually-gets-to-create-black-pop-culture
Out of 10 longlist nominees for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, all 10 are college graduates. On average, the nominees attended universities with rejection rates above 80 percent (i.e., highly competitive). Five went to Ivy League schools or competitive equivalents, and winners tended to double up. Charles Yu, who won the 2020 award, attended Berkeley as an undergraduate and then went to Columbia for his JD. Susan Choi, who won in 2019, graduated from Yale and Cornell. Sigrid Nunez won in 2018; she’s a graduate of both Barnard and Columbia.
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Netflix’s Latest Innovation Could Be Its Ruin

The streaming service has discovered the allure of clickbait. You won’t believe what happens next.

Link: https://slate.com/culture/2021/08/netflix-top-10-movies-shows-clickbait.html
The answer to What Lies Below might be a jacked aquatic geneticist with a Superman jaw line, but other mysteries are left teasingly unsolved by Netflix’s most popular titles. For a while this spring, Why Did You Kill Me? jostled for space on the Top 10 list with Who Killed Sara? Why did you kill me? Who did kill Sara? Is it the girl in the yellow bikini? Or is she Sara? There’s only one way to find out: click.
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