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on “Acquiring Empathy through Essays”

But I do think we’d be better off if we heeded the essayist’s reminder that we can find common ground with other people, if we look hard enough. Michele de Montaigne, the 16th century writer and philosopher who gave this form its name, observed that “Every man has within himself the entirety of the human condition.” Read an essay by the likes of Ira Sukrungruang, Eula Biss, Gayle Pemberton, or Jill Talbott every day or two, and you’ll find that idea easy to remember. If you’re anything like me, you might wind up becoming a more patient and compassionate person as a result.

via Acquiring Empathy through Essays.

This reading came to me at a time when I am at the beginning of a what I plan to be a long journey into personal essay writing.  It resonates with me because I am of the belief that there is not just one human history; there are billions. Each individual person has their own version of the events that transpire throughout a lifetime. I think it is vitally important to our sociocultural anthropology that we preserve as many of these stories as possible, and I plan to do my part by sharing mine.

The cultural crater of 12 Years a Slave on Grantland by @Wesley_Morris

I watched the joyless look on all those black faces and the amusement on the faces of their white owners, and I thought about last August 25. I thought of the handful of black burlesque dancers who jiggled and bounced in animal costumes for Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. Cyrus couldnt have known the uncomfortable history she had reached into, what it means for black people to perform this sexually, this anonymously for a white woman, but there she was traipsing, like Mrs. Epps, among her fine beasts, performing an otherwise good song whose title normally refers to a nonstop party but also encompasses a depressing legacy of ownership: “We Cant Stop.”

via The cultural crater of 12 Years a Slave – Grantland.

I am in the process of putting my thoughts about this movie together. I originally had said I wasn’t going to see it, but I was convinced by my parents to do so, and now I am glad that I did.

Everyone should read this piece whether they have seen the film or not.

What’s in a name?

My name is Monique Judge.

My mother said she was going to name me Tiffany Janine. I don’t think Tiffany is a bad name; my best friend is a Tiffanny, and she is one of the most awesome people I know, so if we ended up having homophonic names, that probably would have made us cooler as friends. People could refer to us as the Tiffannies, and we’d be these awesome superheroes with fabulous wardrobes and lots and lots of purses.

Alas, my mother instead played ghetto bingo and picked my name out of a bag that her coworkers had put suggestions in. All throughout elementary school, I was one of two girls named Monique in my class. Annoying.

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Dear Eminem: I just yelled in my apartment after hearing Rap God for the first time

Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed, (JJ Fad)

Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human

What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman

Innovative and I’m made of rubber

So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you

I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating

How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating

Never fading, and I know that the haters are forever waiting

For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating

via Eminem – Rap God Lyrics | Rap Genius.

 

I love you, Slim Shady.

My latest article in today’s PV News – Teen raises awareness of diabetes

Being a teenager in today’s world is hard work. There are grades to worry about, college decisions to make, activities to participate in and work experience to gain, all while maintaining the social activities that come along in high school.Like most teenagers, 16-year-old Peninsula High School junior Ben Meyers is navigating the adolescence ocean one day at a time, with one added obstacle — in 2005, Ben was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.“I lead a normal life and try not to let the diabetes get in the way,” Ben said.

via Teen raises awareness of diabetes – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

The Messy Link Between Slave Owners And Modern Management – Forbes

This led owners to experiment with ways of increasing the pace of labor, Rosenthal explains, such as holding contests with small cash prizes for those who picked the most cotton, and then requiring the winners to pick that much cotton from there on out. Slave narratives describe how others used the data to calculate punishment, meting out whippings according to how many pounds each picker fell short.Similar incentive plans reappeared in early twentieth-century factories, with managers dangling the promise of cash rewards if their workers reached certain production levels.

via The Messy Link Between Slave Owners And Modern Management – Forbes.

“7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez | Plant Based on a Budget

In the hood, in all honesty, We spend a gang of money on cable, hair dos, sneakers, weed, parties expensive bottles of alcohol,video games, big screen tvs, rims, jewelry, strip club tricking, trendy name brand clothes, car accessories, headphones, cigarettes all kinds of overpriced things. But when it comes to our health, we often skimp and look for the cheapest food we can find.

But in our best interest, We have to value our health above all these other things, and make eating healthy a priority in terms of how we spend the resources we have. Makes no sense to be fronting like a rich person on the outside ,but in reality, in poor health on the inside, right? But it’s easy for any of us to make excuses without looking at at a budget, so that’s where budgeting comes in handy.

Budgets help us see where our money is really going not where we feel like its going. Budgeting is also a master ingredient to financial stability in general, so not only will it help identify funds that can be used toward more healthful food choices; its an essential tool to manage our financial responsibilities better in general. Usually when we make a budget we can see plenty of stuff we can do without to make room for healthier eating choices. You may say “shoot, I dont make enough money to budget it!” lol, but you don’t have to make a lot of money to benefit from budgeting. Budgeting helps what ever we make stretch farther and get more of what we truly value out of what we have. When we values ourselves more than our things we make healthier choices. Budget, prioritize and prosper.

via “7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez | Plant Based on a Budget.

What’s affected by a government shutdown? Government Shutdown | USA.gov via @Kenya

I wasn’t sure about this myself, so hat tip to Kenya for this link.

 

Government Shutdown | USA.gov

Striking Photos Will Change The Way You See The Average American (found via @MissZindzi)

What does the average American look like? As time goes on, the answer to that question is becoming more and more complicated.

The country is living up to its melting pot reputation as American faces become less homogenous and more diverse, a phenomenon that renowned photographer and portrait artist Martin Schoeller captured for the October 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine.

The images, which are coupled with the individual’s “self ID” and the box he or she checked to indicate race as specified on the 2000 and 2010 census, are a striking reminder of Americans’ complex cultural and racial origins.

via Striking Photos Will Change The Way You See The Average American.

This Kanye/Jimmy Kimmel thing is either the work of a viral media genius or the most annoying news cycle ever

Either way, I’m over it. I think Jimmy Kimmel broke my trust with that whole twerking video thing.

I really hope this 300 sandwiches chick is trolling for blog hits because this is outrageous

A terrifyingly beautiful New York City woman is either preparing the most exquisite, slow-burn revenge murder of all time or has lost her goddamn mind, the New York Post reports today.

Actually, the woman herself reports: Post writer Stephanie Smith has revealed herself—proudly—as the deranged mind behind 300sandwiches.com, a website on which the blogger details her efforts to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches, so that he will deem her worthy of making his sandwiches for the rest of her life (by proposing to her). It is a modern A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, with added sandwich photos, without the rights of woman.

via Bitch, Make Me 300 Sandwiches, Orders Beautiful Woman’s Boyfriend.

Surely a woman this beautiful with goals that must go beyond Page 6 cannot seriously think that getting a marriage proposal out of 300 sandwiches is ok, right?

“Make me a sandwich.”

That’s what my boyfriend,  E,  asks without fail every morning. Not “babe, where are my keys?” Not, “honey, where are my socks?” And no, not even,  “c’mon, just the tip?”

Sandwiches. Doesn’t matter what kind. Two pieces of bread, some meat and cheese and he’s in heaven.

E is a lovely cook. He can whip up breakfast, barbecue or a dinner party for 10 without much thought. I’m still working my way through ‘The Joy of Cooking’,  but I can make a few meals at random. I am much better at cleaning–after E cooks.

Things are fairly serious between E and I. We’ve been dating for more than a year,  and recently,  we moved in together to a lovely Brooklyn apartment. We talk about the future—-getting a dog, buying a country house, we’ve even talked about having a family without him breaking into a cold sweat and changing the subject. But I didn’t know when E would be ready for marriage. And like every woman in her mid-30s in a relationship,  I wondered if we were going to go the distance.

I realized what it would take to get him to commit after the first time I made him a turkey on whole wheat bread,  with mustard,  lettuce and swiss cheese.

“Honey,  this is the best sandwich ever!” he exclaimed in between bites so rapid in succession,  the sandwich was gone in minutes. And then,  he dropped a bomb me: “You’re, like, 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.”

That was it—a proposal hinged on me making him sandwiches.

from “Bio”, 300sandwiches.com

This has been discussed up, down and sideways on my Twitter timeline today.

Please let this be as fake as the self-discovery blog started by michelle joni.

and now, a list of links I’ve found to be good reads recently

Each fruit and vegetable in our stores has a unique history of nutrient loss, I’ve discovered, but there are two common themes. Throughout the ages, our farming ancestors have chosen the least bitter plants to grow in their gardens. It is now known that many of the most beneficial phytonutrients have a bitter, sour or astringent taste. Second, early farmers favored plants that were relatively low in fiber and high in sugar, starch and oil. These energy-dense plants were pleasurable to eat and provided the calories needed to fuel a strenuous lifestyle. The more palatable our fruits and vegetables became, however, the less advantageous they were for our health.

from “Breeding the Nutrition Out Of Our Food”, NYT

 

“I remember back in the days, you’d go visit someone at their house, and you’d look at their bookshelf and/or vinyl collection and you’d pretty much know who you were dealing with and whether you’d be compatible as friends (and in some cases as lovers or partners). But today I wonder, now that so many people have digital collections of everything, how we’ll any longer have this ability to know a person’s character by the music they listen to or books they read. I doubt we’ll become a generation of people who look into other people’s phones, iPads, or Kindles just to figure this sort of stuff out.”

– from “What Happened To Knowing More About A Person By The Books And Vinyl On Their Shelves?  by Lynne d Johnson

“So with the question, “How’s the whole ‘writercomedything’ going?” satisfactorily answered, the next question from my friends is “So how’s the LA dating scene?” 

 My answer always disappoints because, honestly, I haven’t done much (any) dating. I made an agreement with myself that I would spend my first year in LA establishing the groundwork for a successful comedy writing career, which for me, necessarily means not focusing on men. 
 I made this agreement with myself because I really enjoy the company of men. I’m also easily distracted by them.”

this freelancing thing is actually working out quite well…

Eberhard acknowledges that there are rumors of pension spiking, and says that any claims that he accepted the position of chief solely to pad his retirement are “absolutely untrue.”

Mayor James F. Goodhart supports the retiring police chief and said that any rumors of pension spiking “have no merit.”

Eberhard’s sudden retirement was announced in a statement released by the city on Aug. 27.

“This was not expected,” said Tony Dahlerbruch, PVE city manager, “but the chief has been here a very long time, so I understand his request.”

Eberhard, 56, is originally from Redondo Beach, but moved with his family to Palos Verdes Estates in 1971. His family is well-known in the city; the baseball field at PV High is named after Eberhard’s father.

via Police chief’s retirement unexpected – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

I have an article in the PV News this week.

Letter To A Young Journalist | Gangrey.com

When I was starting out, my editor often told me what the story was about before I ever went out to report it — so I tried to tailor my questions and observations and even the writing to what I thought the editor wanted. But the story you set out to get isn’t always the story that’s really there, or the best way to tell it, or even a true reflection of whatever reality you’re trying to capture.

from Letter To A Young Journalist | Gangrey.com, via Jim Romenesko

 

how to newspaper blog in this new era of news by @busblog

there are some institutions who still believe that to newspaper blog means to assign reporters to newspaper stories

and then have someone else publish their newspaper stories into a blog once it goes through the copy editors.

they also believe that in order to “feed the blog” they need to hire people other than their actual reporters to “blog” on the “blog”.

unfortunately this is 2013, almost 2014 and that is like hiring someone else to kiss your wife.

KISS YOUR OWN DAMN WIFE!

if you are lucky enough to have hundreds of reporters, aka writers, on your payroll, one way to STAY ALIVE online

is to OMG have all of those writers OMG write OMG everyday.

i’m not talking 30-inch masterpieces, im suggesting 3-4 paragraph blurbs. about things they know about, but will never newspaper about

things they experienced, like, oh i dont know, when a Laker/Clipper Kardasian caused a three-car accident and they were one of the cars.

or how about the record they heard or the movie they saw or the funny quote the mayor said to them in an elevator…

via how to newspaper blog in this new era of news | busblog.

I’ve mentioned before my love of  Tony Pierce. The dude knows his stuff.

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