So you plant your own garden and
decorate your own soul, instead of waiting
for someone to bring you flowers. — Jorge Luis Borges (via Swanfeather Songs)
At least 87 percent of casual, small-talk conversations last too long. The problem here is twofold:
• People are afraid to end the conversation and;
• “It’s time to end this talk” hints are ignored.
A solution to the first problem after the jump …
#4* on my list of Greatest Fears: Endlessly monologue-ing conversations.
*Because I fear being homeless and terminally ill more than I fear being dull (and I like to keep the #3-fear slot open, so that I can stay flexible in the face of terror).
Marissa Mayer's Potentially Revolutionary Paternity Leave Policy -
Yahoo is now giving new dads eight weeks of paid leave, which could transform the way families think about division of labor.
We all hated on Marissa Mayer for 5-days-straight when she cut telecommuting at Yahoo.
But this week, she doubled paid maternity leave (to 16 weeks) AND added 8 weeks of paid paternity leave for new fathers, and I didn’t hear anything about it until two days after it happened.
(I’m rolling my eyes at you, internet.)
How I Became a Hipster -
“Brooklyn” is now a byword for cool from Paris to Sweden to the Middle East, so the author, an avowed Manhattanite, set out to explore this artisan-loving borough.
The NY Times wrote another article about “discovering” hipster Brooklyn. My favorite part were the corrections at the end:
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the products sold at By Brooklyn. The store does not sell dandelion and burdock soda, lovage soda syrup, and Early Bird granola “gathered in Brooklyn.”
An earlier version also referred incorrectly to the thoroughfare that contains the thrift shop Vice Versa. It is Bedford Avenue, not Bedford Street, or Bedfoprd Avenue, as stated in an earlier correction.
When I hear his key in the lock at night my heart starts to beat faster. I’m just so happy he’s coming home. We have so much fun. — Anne Bancroft, talking about Mel Brooks
“Is constant, unceasing class warfare ruining your skin?”
Happy May Day, capitalist scum!
Cosmarxpolitan, Issue 5
Your va-jay-jay called! It wants to talk about anarcho-syndicalism
Fun fearless freedom from the oppression of capitalism!
“Believing in something makes it happen. If you can achieve anything, then you can achieve your dreams and they can happen.”
- Future Olympic GOLD Medal Winner Connor Ratliff
I’ve been reading this inspirational quote a lot over the past week. I think I’m going to put it on my wall soon…
Quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again. I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later – because I did not belong there, did not come from there – but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month. —
Joan Didion (via troubled)