This piece recounts the story of the infamous gang rape of an 11-year-old that occurred in small town, Texas. It’s the kind of reporting that makes me want to email the writer and be like, “How’d you get the story? How’d you do it?”
- Why Women Still Can’t Have It All — The Atlantic
It’s all in the headline, darlings.
- Boys on the Side — The Atlantic
This piece looks at why young women are delaying marriage and embracing hook up culture, and how that is actually good for them. It’s by Hanna Rosin, who is basically a man-hater, except she’s not at all to anyone who is smart.
- Battleground America — The New Yorker
One of the many long pieces on gun control that has been circulating since Newtown (although it was published in April).
- She Who Dies With the Most ‘Likes’ Wins? — The Nation
This is my favourite line: “Yes, the more successful you are—or the stronger, the more opinionated—the less you will be generally liked. All of a sudden people will think you’re too “braggy,” too loud, too something. But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it. Power and authenticity are worth it.” This is my life credo, pals.
- Calgary Reconsidered — The Walrus
Why everything you think/know about Calgary is wrong.
This is the piece that exposed the underbelly of Reddit. It raises really interesting questions about freedom of speech and the nature of communities (and the reliance of web start-ups on them).
- The Lie Factory — The New Yorker
How political consulting became a “legitimate” and lucrative enterprise.
A little light Christmas reading for you.