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I love all y'all. I do. But can we please stop with the vaguely anti-R&B, anti-hip-hop qualifiers? Because as much as you're saying "I dig this and I wouldn't usually," that kind of statement has a tinge of "this genre is... [more]
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Music distribution, music purchasing and the ethics around them have changed. When I was a mere slip of a girl, it really mattered whether one was on a major label or not, and everyone knew someone who ran a tiny label out of their bedroom,... [more]
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And they want the poor to be subject to as much social discipline as possible - as many things should be illegal as possible, as this provides a mechanism for interfering with any poor person at any time, plus feeds people into the prisons and... [more]
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It's getting larger, right? Now is the time to visit the doctor! Not because OMG cancer! but because OMG yucky infection or fungus or allergic reaction. I mean, it could always be cancer, but it probably isn't - still, you don't want to end... [more]
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1491 is awesome. So is Moby Dick. Okay, so what kind of thing do you usually care about? I've found that the things that make me a better conversationalist are not actually the Long Tail/Guns Germs And Steel books that... [more]
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She is such a good dancer. It's like she's actually floating on, like, 3mm of air above the floor. I mean, everyone in that video is a really good dancer....It's so amazing the way she is doing different but related things with her... [more]
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fwiw, a lot of the princesses have been getting makeovers (this tumblr post I just found has before and after lineups) and updated costumes that are generally not for the better Is it just my/my computer or did every princess who was not... [more]
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I guess I feel like Ellis is maybe a more realistic and less bourgeois writer than Wallace; Ellis-esque work seems to have more potential for generating real, serious, non-reformist social critique; Ellis's work is much, much less comfortable... [more]
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Pantone color report! Which follows on the heels of various Pantone color forecasts - which I believe involve focus groups, industry leaders and a bit of wishful thinking. Has this "always" happened? I would argue that fast fashion and... [more]
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Alfred Doolittle says that in Pygmalion. Written by George Bernard Shaw, a dedicated socialist. They made a toothless musical version of which you may have heard but the play is really worth reading for the critique of class structure. I... [more]
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So these rooms, are they all you get? Like, you literally pay $1200 for one room with no windows? Or is there a lurking kitchen attached? You may sign me "my entire mortgage is less than that even after the huge jump in property... [more]
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Oh yeah, and people automatically assume that I had to read TGG in high school and they'll go off at length on how high schoolers can't appreciate classics. I read TGG because I wanted to, when I was 21. See, I don't think it is - or at... [more]
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Oh dear, no, don't lend him money. I am a "Gen X spender" in that I can be a bit of a fool about money and have champagne tastes - but it would never occur to me that my SO should lend me money for any non-emergency, assume my debts,... [more]
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One thing: is there something you were interested in when younger but then dropped? Or something that you have a teensy-tinsy interest in but are overlooking because it is Trivial? I say this because I flailed wildly in my twenties and early... [more]
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I think your analysis here is flawed. The 9/11 attackers weren't poor and desperate with nothing else to do. You are glossing the very public sentiment among many Palestinians that the destruction of Israel is the best possible, and maybe only... [more]
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One of the reasons that Hamas is popular is that they do things - distribute food, advocate for people, etc. Another is that day to day life for many Palestinians is extremely difficult - not enough food, not enough schools, sharply... [more]
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This was a horrible idea. After a year of eating this way, I got to the point that I would start to gag if I even smelled turkey soup. I actually have a whole turkey still sitting in the freezer from those days that I haven't even bothered to... [more]
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The question is, who cares? What does it matter? Why is this a problem? Should I be excising any trend that enters into my consciousness like a vile cancer? It matters because a lot of people respond to any critique or any label by saying... [more]
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As far as being an "aging hipster" (or an aging punk) - I think that a problem with certain kinds of hipster / punk /arts cultures (probably compounded by being famous) is that it is very difficult to figure out how to get old. I assume... [more]
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It's the middle class folks that have to care about that sort of thing. And then everyone comes down on us/them for it - "you're too conformist!" "no, wait, you think you're special, stop wearing that hairstyle, it's... [more]
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On one of the other questions, someone said something very useful - that your mind loves stasis and wants things to stay the same, even if the same is awful and painful. I suspect that part of why you "don't want to do the work" is... [more]
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I don't know about crisis counseling as a field, but in interviews several things are customary: 1. The question tests your judgment as well as probes for an answer - that is, can you come up with an appropriate answer that tells the interviewer... [more]
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In the sense that affluent Americans love pretending to be "hard working joes" I can maybe grant they are classic. But they are also pretentious. Wait, in what way are regular boring jeans (we're not talking some kind of ringspun... [more]
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I actually know lots of people who practice "ironic" fashion - I mean, the punks I grew up with sure did. "Wear the ugliest shirt you can find at the thrift store" isn't that uncommon, and the "ugliness" of the shirt is... [more]
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All that's going to happen is this: 1. You will work on your looks more, but it still won't be enough and you'll be back on metafilter with another version of this question in a year 2. In ten or twenty years, when the aging starts to hit, you'll... [more]
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Oh, Frowner, I am so not the right person to be wearing these jeans, then. Well, I mean, anyone can wear them! Although if you grind enough dirt into them and yourself, you could perhaps pass as a green anarchist...Honestly,... [more]
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I don't know. I have some concerns about how this would really play out. We're a carless household of single/childless people who live near several (admittedly inner city and thus high prices, bad produce) grocery stores, so we wouldn't use a... [more]
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She's really good at deflecting the queer question in interviews "I'm not gay, I'm an android." And that's so exciting! I mean, heck, I would feel very sad if it's really "I can't come out because I will lose audience, family,... [more]
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Let's unpack this a bit- I have a couple of friends who wear thrift-shop "secretary sweatshirts". The kind with kittens and sparkles and such. They wear them for two reasons: one, they usually get them at thrift shops because they have... [more]
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What I'm looking for is a clear way to phrase my expections, so that new acquaintances realize that A) if they want to be friends I expect them to put as much into the friendship as they receive from it in accordance with the principle of... [more]
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Man, white people really hate being generalized about. And yeah, I think there is a race angle on this, in that as a group white people in the US are encouraged to imagine ourselves as deracinated individuals unconstrained by the past.... [more]
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I'm a highschool dropout. After bumming around my hometown for a few years, I got my GED and went off to college. My parents didn't have any money, and even if they had, they wouldn't have given it to me. So I chose a state school and a practical... [more]
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I think a lot of these questions of class and cultural appropriation are case-by-case, and this gets obscured in larger, more general pieces. And I also think that these questions point to systemic issues of inequality - that's why they are... [more]
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Obviously, if the point of dressing—how should we say it—in "working class attire" or "beneath one's economic status" is to mock the very idea of these people, then, yes, that falls somewhere on a spectrum between merely... [more]
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While being a lot less offensive. In some ways yes, in some ways no. I mean, it's certainly a lot harder to pinpoint - if I show up in native regalia, it's unquestionably wrong, but if 1992-Frowner showed up in a mother-of-the-bride... [more]
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I personally like almost all of these rather pricey J Crew shorts, with the exception of some of the more exuberant ones. I like them because they fit neatly rather than being baggy. They are tailored. They don't have extraneous loops, tabs,... [more]
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The NYT is always good at keeping us in touch with what the young people are up to. Oh, yeah, I remember when that happened. I still have that issue of the Baffler, actually, although the Baffler itself shows what happens... [more]
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Yeah, basically this is people leveraging racism and misogyny (seriously, what possible non-misogynist rationale is there for battered-woman humor?) to make money and get more famous. Obviously, people know this stuff is racist, they know it's... [more]
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Lambert vehemently disputes suggestions that he is motivated by sexism (or racism, as the case may be). He cites principles of Wikipedia categorization: arguing, for example, that huge categories should be broken up and “diffused” because they... [more]
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You have read Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn, right? Also his The Folk of the Air. Both are very good, gentle, funny, left-leaning, and Folk of the Air, though not perfect, actually has major characters of color in it -... [more]
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That's awful! I mean, first off they want projects to be "groundbreaking" but they don't want actual scientists to peer review them, so "groundbreaking" is presumably subject to all kinds of political hackery. Second,... [more]
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Obviously there's a lot in play, though, and I expect that some of it is misogyny - woman judged harder and expected to be nicer; woman married to heartthrob [heartthrob to some, at least in my circles anyway] Neil Gaiman must be run down as... [more]
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Oh, and you might enjoy Lud-In-The-Mist - it isn't feminist though it's by a woman and its class politics are dreadful, but it is dreamy and strange and has lots of wonderful visual images; truly a tour-de-force of the field - and certainly no... [more]
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I think I will rig up a combination of earplugs and a bigger, better fan (noise cancelling headphones would be great if I wanted to listen to music, but mostly I want to read and I can't concentrate with most kinds of music playing). I was hoping... [more]
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Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the popular The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, is emotionally stunted but, damn it, she actualizes herself! She punishes the people who hurt her, she sleeps with whomever she wishes, she zips around on a... [more]
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Okay, look, I understand that I am late to this thread, but Minneapolis has had banh mi at least as long as I've lived here - so that would be, like, since 1997, courtesy of Vietnamese people living here. Banh mi is just one of life's eternal... [more]
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Blaming one half of the party based on the other half's intentionally vague story doesn't solve anything. It's not even blame, though. It's that it always happens - it's as though I have only to admire a male intellectual or... [more]
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To respond to far upthread: if you haven't read about the miners' strike that was basically Thatcher's defining moment, it's simply unbelievable. Troops, police infiltration, people getting shot - it's like the 1968 Democratic convention, or one of... [more]
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How to drown out neighbors' loud music?
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At least in the 90s, you could see capybara at the Shanghai zoo, pent up in a rather horrible concrete enclosure with a sort of moat. I had never seen any before and had no idea what they were; as we approached they all jumped into the water and... [more]
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