AND HOLY SHIT THE INTERNET JUST WENT DOWN AT SLATE FOR LIKE 2 HOURS AND THIS OFFICE WAS LITERALLY LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, OR LIKE AMERICAN HAD BEEN ATTACKED WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE WORLD EXCEPT THE DIRT GROUND, AND WE WERE ALL HALF NAKED WALKING AROUND BELLOWING BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET WATER UNLESS
ITS OUT OF A CULLIGAN COOLER OR A VENDING MACHINE.
After a post you’ve been writing gets erased, it just takes the wind out of your sails; I have no energy or inclination to rewrite all of that. I was going to tell you about our weekend, but it seems the Interwebs have deemed that unworthy. I did get to reunite with Chmabia in Richmond, though, and that was really great. I don’t feel like re-finding some of the links, so these might be low-calorie Snax today.
Tea Party Agitprop. ANGELA TCHOU was on the front page of Slate Magazine! I’m so proud of my baby. (Slate)
Afghan Boys Are Prized, So Girls Live The Part. Really, you should read this article on the trend in Afghanistan of dressing little girls as boys. It’s one of the best things I’ve read all week, and it is both fascinating and heartbreaking. I found this quote from the article particularly searing; it’s from a woman who was raised as a boy throughout adolescence, and then was married off at 16 to a man she did not know.
In a brief period of marital trouble, he once attempted to beat her, but after she hit him back, it never happened again. She wants to look like a woman now, she said, and for her children to have a mother.
Still, not a day goes by when she does not think back to “my best time,” as she called it. Asked if she wished she had been born a man, she silently nods.
(The New York Times)
Sunday’s Coming. Hilarious, because this is such an accurate depiction of the church my family used to go to. A circus! (chatmaggot on YouTube)
Crane Stationery Tour. In a former life, I would definitely have been a stationer. (Oh, So Beautiful Paper)
Etsy Take Five Tuesday. Generally, my only interaction with Etsy is through Regretsy, but this blog has featured some really beautiful artists this week. I’d love to buy some of those illustrations. (Decor8)