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Every Monday, we're rounding up things—small and big—that made us stop and think. Today, we were captivated by a paean to postcards, a consciousness-raising moment on Broadway, and more...
"It just might be that the greatest threat to monogamy is the uncritical acceptance of it."
Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon.com sex and relationships writer, on what she learned from Salon's series about monogamy.
"...unlike letters, [post]cards require a verbal concision that can rise to high level of eloquence: brief and heart-breaking glimpses into someone’s existence, in addition to countless amusing and well-told anecdotes."
Poet Charles Simic on the lost art of postcard writing.
"I read Proust first, before Freud...And I think I simply realized that there was nothing, absolutely nothing, more fascinating than human nature. And human relations."
From a 2008 Guardian article about Hanna Segal, psychoanalyst who popularized play therapy for children, who died last week at age 92.
"People generally laud you for raising a well-rounded girl who knows how to wield a baseball bat as well as a princess wand...Watching [Billy Elliott], I started to think about all the useful things I've taught my daughter over the years ...I began to wonder what it might have been like had I had a boy instead. Would I have let him enroll in ballet if he wanted? I like to think so. I hope so.”
Mike Adamick, Jezebel's “Daddy Issues” columnist, on raising a well-rounded boy.
"Most foodies sneer at the word 'fusion'...but in fact, the fusion impulse is the human impulse--to cross over, to integrate two different, sometimes warring worlds, to create a new meaning.”
Todd Kliman, food and wine editor of The Washingtonian, writing about the "authenticity of food" in Lucky Peach.
Men! What are they thinking? We can't always answer that, but we'll be posting our favorite glimpses into their world in this space every Thursday.
* SNL's Andy Samberg explains how he came to be Chief Shark Officer for Discovery's Shark Week. (YouTube)
* Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune, a documentary on the '60s folksinger who had "a stance, six strings, and an insistent voice," explores Ochs' contribution to both music and politics. Whether you're looking for the story of someone who fought passionately for his beliefs or you just want a killer classic soundtrack, the film came out on DVD last week. (PhilOchstheMovie.com)
* How adorable is this dad doing his daughter's hair? (Cute Girls Hairstyles)
* After speaking at the Save Our Schools rally, Matt Damon proves he's a real-life action hero in his defense of teachers. Warning: there's some NSFW language in the video. (The Stranger)
* Speaking of teachers, Dave Eggers has written a lovely remembrance of Jay Criche, the man who encouraged him to become a writer: "He was curious, so we were curious. He was hungry for learning, so we were hungry, too. He made us want to impress him with the contents of our brains. He taught us how to think and why." (Salon)
Every Monday, we're rounding up things--small and big--that made us stop and think. Today, we were moved and inspired by an inaugural poet, Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, and more...
Shelley Keeling, a competitive runner who also coaches her 96-year old mother, Ida Keeling, in road races:
"It never occurred to me that my mom couldn't run."
Elizabeth Alexander, professor of African American studies at Yale, on what poetry can bring to a community:
"Are we not of interest to each other? To me, it's not about 'Oh i like her shoes...' It's much deeper than that. Are human beings who are in community, do we call to each other, do we heed each other, do we want to know each other?"
Halima Mohammedi and Rafi Mohammed, two Afghan teenagers whose attempt to go on a single date caused villagers to riot and the local authorities to jail them for their own protection:
Ms. Mohammedi: "We are all human. God created us from one dirt. Why can we not marry each other, or love each other?"
Mr. Mohammed: "I feel so bad. I just pray that God gives this girl back to me. I'm ready to lose my life. I just want her safe release."
Miranda July, writer, director and star of the new film, The Future:
She admires directors like [Noah] Baumbach and Wes Anderson, but she said: "All those men are also personal. I don't mind that, but I do mind that it's not really questioned, whereas I or another woman is looked at as so self-obsessed. Men are just not being judged in the same way. They're never going to be annoying in the same way."
Nathan Heller writing in Slate about the enduring appeal of book clubs:"They are our bid to stay on the same page across the blur of modern life."