The nuclear family is a recent invention and a death blow to love — an unprecedented demand on a couple to be everything to each other, the family a tiny echo chamber: history one layer deep. None of the great virtues … is meant to be carried in isolation.
When my marriage ended, I walked into a parallel universe that had been there all along; I became one of the modern multitudes of walking wounded in the wreckage of long-term love. Strangest of all, on this planet, is the way we continue to idealize romantic love and crave it for completion… After my divorce, I created a welcoming home and took great delight in my children. I cooked dinner for gatherings of friends old and new, invested in beautiful far-flung friendships, and drew vast sustenance from webs of care through the work I do. Yet I told myself, for years, that I had a hole in my life where “love” should be. The Wisdom of the Heart: Krista Tippett on Love and the Power of Asking Better Questions as a Spiritual Technology for Mastering the Art of Living
Ugly as night We are: The real reason some people end up with partners who are way more attractive
How Americans pretend to love ethnic food
From the Far Corner of the Basement Science MagazineOn fats and cholesterol
What does a Chinese hard landing consist of? What were people saying in 2013, and how does it compare to what actually has happened?
Kay Bell, Sex sells, enough to cause Oz madam a $2M tax bill
Joseph Thorndike, The Only Thing Certain in Life Is Death —Taxes, Not So Much (Tax Analysts Blog). He argues that tax uncertainty isn´t that important. I disagree, but read his case.
News from the Profession. House Lannister’s Balance Sheet (Unaudited) Isn’t Looking So Hot (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern)
COWEN: You once wrote, I quote, “My substitute for LSD was Indian food,” and by that, you meant lamb vindaloo.PAGLIA: Yes.COWEN: You stand by this.PAGLIA: Yes, I’ve been in a rut on lamb vindaloo.COWEN: A rut, tell us.PAGLIA: It’s a horrible rut.COWEN: It’s not a horrible rut, it may be a rut.PAGLIA: No, it’s a horrible rut. It’s a 40-year rut. Every time I go to an Indian restaurant, I say “Now, I’m going to try something new.” But, no, I must go back to the lamb vindaloo.All I know is it’s like an ecstasy for me, the lamb vindaloo.COWEN: Like De Quincey, tell us, what are the effects of lamb vindaloo?PAGLIA: What can I say? I attain nirvana.
COWEN: This is Sexual Personae, your best known book, which I recommend to everyone, if you haven’t already read it.PAGLIA: It took 20 years.COWEN: Read all of it. My favorite chapter is the Edmund Spenser chapter, by the way.PAGLIA: Really? Why? How strange.COWEN: That brought Spenser to life for me.PAGLIA: Oh, my goodness.COWEN: I realized it was a wonderful book.PAGLIA: Oh, my God.COWEN: I had no idea. I thought of it as old and fusty and stuffy.PAGLIA: Oh, yes.COWEN: And 100 percent because of you.PAGLIA: We should tell them that The Faerie Queene is quite forgotten now, but it had enormous impact, Spenser’s Faerie Queene, on Shakespeare, and on the Romantic poets, and so on, and so forth. The Faerie Queene had been taught in this very moralistic way. But in my chapter, I showed that it was entirely a work of pornography, equal to the Marquis de Sade.COWEN: [laughs]PAGLIA: How interesting that you would be drawn to that.COWEN: Very interesting.
Knowledge@Wharton: “What have you shared on social media today? Did you comment on last night’s election results; mention that you’re going to the gym later; sympathize with a friend who’s been in the hospital; describe your meal at a favorite burger joint, or display pictures of your daughter’s jazz dance recital? And what do those post reveal about your health and your risk for serious medical conditions? That last question may seem odd, but not to the researchers at the Penn Social Media & Health Innovation Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Director Raina Merchant and her team are investigating how people’s social media language on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Yelp can be used to assess and their health and predict diseases. The conditions they are looking at are some of the main culprits for premature death and disability (not to mention skyrocketing health care costs) in America, including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, chronic lung problems, depression and drug abuse…”
Google Inside Search: “…coming soon, Google Search will have live TV listings. So now when you’re looking for The Big Bang Theory, we’ll not only show you the apps and sites where you can find the latest episode, but also show which channel you can turn your tv to later in the evening or week to catch it live…”
Fail to stop daughter’s 20 year old boyfriend from raiding beer in fridge, go to jail [Washington Post on Maryland lawmakers’enactment of criminal penaltiesfollowing car-crash injuries for parents who tolerated alcohol consumption]
Floating in Cold River the new Yoga