1. DIY parenting is the opposite of feminism
The Atlantic takes up one of my favourite topics – the crazy effort required of DIY parenting. You know the kind, where parents (read: mothers) make their own baby food (ok, I did that, it’s called a blender and it’s closer than the grocery store), grow their own food, do all their own research on everything that crosses the threshold of one’s home, and even homeschooling.
WHY is this happening? How, when and why did parenting become the ultimate DIY project for progressive, educated Americans?
Some people (women) are able to embrace this quite naturally and the lifestyle works for them. But for most people (women), it’s a source of constant anxiety and busy-ness, which is the antithesis of feminism, though we like to call it being enlightened, educated and involved parents (mothers). Mostly it’s exhausting and doesn’t leave much room in the brain for thinking about anything else.
2. The future: It came and then it went
Here’s a tour of the home office of the 20th century, brought to you by Walter Cronkite and 1967 (via kottke.org):
3. A brief history of useful idiots
But even more of a reason for puzzlement and despair is the enthusiastic applause for Stalin by influential American liberals when he was at the height of his bloody reign — and the willingness of similar propagandists, naifs, and true believers today to sing the praises of other thugs and dictators.
4. Free book alert
Read Russia 2012 is an anthology of Russian lit from, you guessed it, 2012. And it’s free. All 448 pages.
5. The biggest secret at Grand Central Station…
… Is that its clocks are wrong. Permanently. On purpose. In other words, every other station everywhere is doing it wrong.