What I Read This Week: April 12, 3013

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Last week was the first ever What I Read This Week; it was the first of what I hope to be many. The long and short of it is I spend a teensy bit more than I’d like reading pixels, and I’d like to be accountable to what I spend my time ingesting. So: this. The tradition continues. This week was lighter — hooray moderation! Here goes…

  • My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters by Deborah Copaken Kogan, “I consider throwing in the towel. The lack of respectful coverage, the slut-shaming and name-calling, all the girly book covers and not-my-titles despite high literary aspirations, has worn me down, made me question everything: my abilities, my future, my life. This is what sexism does best: it makes you feel crazy for desiring parity and hopeless about ever achieving it.” (Source: @sw)
  • One cool, life-shaping fact about me: All my childhood friends are dead. from Jessica Suarez, “As a consequence, I didn’t have any childhood friends. These neighbors I hung out with, they were in their 70s when I was a kid. When we visited my old house years later, we tried knocking on their doors, but all of my neighbors had already died.”
  • New York vs. San Francisco – Disposition Statistics
  • Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? by Kate Losse, “But the company promoted Sandberg to the Facebook board the day before Boy Kings was published. Sandberg along with many other business women had been qualified to be a board member for years.
  • Worst Baby Names for San Franciscans
  • Life In Your Early Twenties Vs. Your Late Twenties on Buzzfeed, “It’s hell getting old. Well, not always.”
  • How not to say the wrong thing by Susan Silk and Barry Goldman, “Here are the rules. The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens…Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings. When you are talking to a person in a ring smaller than yours, someone closer to the center of the crisis, the goal is to help. Listening is often more helpful than talking. But if you’re going to open your mouth, ask yourself if what you are about to say is likely to provide comfort and support. If it isn’t, don’t say it.”
  • How to get LESS EMAIL (praise God & hallelujah!) by Alexandra Franzen, “Other days, email is not my (best) friend — more like a problem to solve, or a mole to be whacked. And other days, I feel like throwing my laptop out the window & making a home for myself inside a tree by Walden Pond.” Send less email. Be freakishly succinct. Respond with declarations, not questions.
  • Healthy Eating on Just $300 a Day by “One critic wrote that it takes “laughable Hollywood neuroticism about eating to the next level.” (source: Amateur Gourmet tweet)
  • Photo essay on the Coveteur: Linda Rodin – Founder an Creator, Rodin Olio Lusso.
  • The iPhone Killed My Creativity. What About Yours? [Poll], “By burning through my life’s many empty, wasted moments, however, I am probably diminishing my creative potential. As I wrote in an earlier post: Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity.”
  • friday’s confesssion: my dreams changed by Tiffany Han, “If you were to ask me today what my dream is, I’d say that I want to change the world. I want to inspire EVERYONE to live the shit out of their lives – in the big moments and in the every day. Starting now. If you ask me next year, I might have a new dream. One that’s so different, I can’t even imagine it right now. And that’s what happens – dreams change.”
  • Tips for Being an Organized Blogger
  • The Illuminated Purposepreneur: Tiffany Han interview, “There’s also a myth that you have to be 110% certain about what it is you want to be doing before you start. I’ve been in business for myself for years and I’m constantly gaining clarity around who I want to work with and the projects I want to take on. Understanding up front that it’s an evolution can help you start taking the first steps. The key is to do something. Anything. You’ll figure out the rest as you go along. Especially if you have that pesky doubt thing in control.”

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