He was wearing sunglasses, but…I knew. I knew. We both stopped—we were in a crowd on the sidewalk that was milling about and going in stores—and regarded each other for a moment. If it were him, he was probably thinking I was about to have some superfan meltdown. Meanwhile I was thinking, This cannot be happening.
First, by Amanda Hess at Slate
Second, by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic
I first saw these because I read Ta-Nahesi Coates fairly regularly. He’s a very curious, very passionate, very intelligent writer and I love to see him take apart a subject, no matter what it is. Then I saw my name when he excerpted some sections of a piece by Amanda Hess from Slate. I was excited but then I saw that Hess is showing me as emblematic of the problem both pieces aim to illuminate, which is that actress (VERTIGO!) and Oscar presenter Kim Novak did not get her plastic surgery in a vacuum. She got it in a culture where aging, most particularly for women, leads directly to the shelf or the garbage heap.
They’re both great pieces and I recommend reading them. The joke of mine that they reference, which I tweeted while watching the Oscars, is certainly mean, and Kim Novak and those who get plastic surgery are certainly the butt of the joke.
Both the articles linked above are better and more useful to the world than the joke I made and I hope you’ll read them.
Alejandro Jodorowsky (via exotictastee)
I saw a bird running across the road this morning. (No, it was not a chicken.) It made me so uncomfortable. All I could think of was, “Say, hey, bird, wouldn’t you rather die than walk this world when you were born to fly?”