Cid's Obscure Nostalgia

Sep 10
theparisreview:

Congratulations to Ursula K. Le Guin for the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and Louise Erdrich for the PEN/Saul Bellow prize!
Sep 10
papermagazine:

"I don’t know if there’s anything that’s radical enough for me." — Debbie Harry

papermagazine:

"I don’t know if there’s anything that’s radical enough for me." — Debbie Harry

Sep 10
newyorker:

With Scotland approaching a referendum on independence this month, the question arises: What does it mean to be Scottish? In this slide show, our cartoonists offer their takes.
Cartoon by Sam Gross.

newyorker:

With Scotland approaching a referendum on independence this month, the question arises: What does it mean to be Scottish? In this slide show, our cartoonists offer their takes.

Cartoon by Sam Gross.

Sep 07
good:

1906 Collier’s Cover

good:

1906 Collier’s Cover

Sep 07
operationfailure:

My friend Maggie, at the young age of 34, just found out she has a twin, and now it’s up to all of us to help her find them!
I love a mystery!
Please share this photo!

operationfailure:

My friend Maggie, at the young age of 34, just found out she has a twin, and now it’s up to all of us to help her find them!

I love a mystery!

Please share this photo!

Sep 07

This song never gets old.

Sep 03

littlebrown:

politicsprose:

INFOGRAPHIC: Checking Out America’s Libraries
(Via Electric Lit)

Libraries + infographics. What’s not to love?

Sep 03
Sep 02

quote I’m a very ordinary human being; I just happen to like reading books.

— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (via bookmania)
Sep 01

mediamattersforamerica:

"Let men be men": Fox hosts eagerly agreed with the NY Post article that claimed “catcalls are flattering.” 

A few more gems from this segment

  • "They mean it in a nice way."
  • "It’s nice to get compliments."
  • "As long as you don’t come within arms length, it’s fine."

But for many women, catcalls are humiliating and degrading. Some blame themselves, wondering what they could have done differently to prevent it. And the consequences can considerably affect a person’s social behavior and habits, as women report they avoid eye contact and walking alone in public, or change their outfits or routes to avoid harassment.”  

In reality, this is no small problem. According to Stop Street Harassment, “at least 65% of women have experienced catcalls, leers, and unwanted sexual propositions,” disproportionately affecting those with low incomes, women of color, and the LGBTQ community. And while there are federal laws protecting women from workplace harassment, street harassment is addressed on a state-by-state basis.

Let’s bring some voices of reason into this discussion:

Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY:

Catcalling does not mean you are beautiful, smart, strong or interesting. Catcalling means a stranger values you so little he doesn’t care if he makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Margaret Eby, Brooklyn Magazine:

Catcalling is about control, not about your cute shorts. It’s an assertion that women are just visitors in a male space, there to be assessed by appearance and summarily dismissed or flirted with.

Ashley Ross, TIME:

To legitimize catcalling is to give voice to those who don’t deserve it: the man who told me he wanted to perform oral sex on me, the man who said he wanted it the other way around and the man who said he could have me if he wanted me.

The dehumanizing culture of catcalling must stop, but conservative media outlets like Fox aren’t helping. It’s up to us all to educate ourselves about the harms of harassment, so that women can truly be free in the streets of America.