Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Reads From Around the Web

Here are some good reads I've been collecting over the past few weeks. Most of them are about work, food, writing, space, and activism. ✨

photo credit

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid', The Atlantic. 

This is What Happens to Ambition in Your 30s, The Cut. "The female dissatisfaction chronicled by Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique was prompted by a widespread awakening to the bullshit promises of domestic happiness, manufactured by culture to make female containment look good. Now another bullshit promise has taken its place, and another generation is waking up."

Surviving This Summer On The Internet, Wired. I took Facebook off my phone a few months ago, and deleted Twitter a little while later. While I still spend plenty of time on social media thanks to my day job, it's harder to access when I'm out in the world or with friends. It's been a good change, and this article does a nice job explaining why. 

A Few Last Words on the Best Spacecraft of Our Lives Before It Dies, Gizmodo. Reading this made me feel sad yet hopeful - a rare combination these days. 

Democracy in North Carolina Could Disappear. Is Your State Next?, Time. "[Republicans] passed aggressive gerrymanders that gave their party 10 of the closely divided state’s 13 congressional seats and super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature. They also sought to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning constituencies — especially African-Americans and young people — by imposing sweeping new voting restrictions, including cutbacks to early voting, strict voter ID requirements and reductions in voter registration opportunities."

23 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes, Buzzfeed. Nathan got me an Instant Pot for my birthday. It's the first new kitchen gadget I've gotten since our wedding five(!) years ago, and I can't wait to make delicious dinners in less than 15 minutes. First experiment on my list: steamed dumplings. Coconut yogurt is a close second.

How I Get It Done: Martha Stewart, The Cut. Is Martha the most productive woman in America? Probably.

The White Lies of Craft Culture, Eater. I love a good local beer as much as (and probably more than) the next person. This article made me think about my choices in a more nuanced way. Here's an excerpt: "[F]or a movement so vocally concerned with where things come from, the proprietors of craft culture often seem strangely uninterested in learning or conveying the stories of the people who first mastered those crafts."

I'm Almost 40 and Still Getting My Stories Rejected. Am I Running Out of Time?, Electric Literature. Spoiler alert: no.