"They will not be the same next time. The sayings
so cute, just slightly off, will be corrected.
Their eyes will be more skeptical, plugged in
the more securely to the worldly buzz
of television, alphabet, and street talk,
culture polluting their gazes’ dawn blue.
It makes you see at last the value of
those boring aunts and neighbors (their smells
of summer sweat and cigarettes, their faces
like shapes of sky between shade-giving leaves)
who knew you from the start, when you were zero,
cooing their nothings before you could be bored
or knew a name, not even you own, or how
this world brave with hellos turns all goodbye."
— John Updike, “Saying Goodbye to Very Young Children”
- Though somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 people turned out at a protest in North Carolina on Saturday — a protest organized by the same people behind Moral Mondays — the mainstream media failed to report anything about the event or the movement. Even though something like 1,000 peaceful protestors got arrested.
- Despite facing a number of problems — like, say, the totally impoverished conditions of most of his people — Kim Jong-un and his people are choosing to focus on threatening war against the United States because of a Seth Rogen and James Franco movie. Really.
- Actual real-life human people are spending thousands of dollars on hand treatments for their Instagram engagement photos. One of the women quoted in this article is a teacher. Who teaches people. I don’t want to blame individuals for all the terrible self-esteem crap we all internalize every day, or condemn women for living in accordance with the values they’ve been told to prioritize, but the kind of culture that teaches us to spend thousands of dollars eliminating our own naturally-occurring sun spots in order to achieve the perfect consumerism-focused Instagram shot of our own hands is really fucked up.