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Oh, no, Jan Hooks has died! I am sure we will know more when you wake up and read this, but I’m very surprised and sad.

life is a rich damn tapestry

If you enjoyed Alexis Coe interviewing Karen Abbott, you’ll love Karen Abbott interviewing Alexis Coe:

You have a detailed chapter on the use of media, and local papers’ relationship to men who played major roles in the Mitchell-Ward case. Conflict of interest?

The middle to upper class white men in Memphis stuck together! Alice’s attorneys and judge had all worked at or invested in the local newspapers. Articles and letters to the editor were splashed across pages for half of 1892, and definitely influenced the jury. Some reporters were clearly pandering, which seemed to accomplish several goals. When one paper praised the jury, whose “chivalry exceeds their sense of justice,” they considered it a compliment, but it was also a directive. Alice’s father was well liked and respected in Memphis, and the court could not possibly impugn the honor of a well-bred young lady by branding her a criminal.


Breakfasts around the world. Any Turkish readers want to confirm or deny that Turkish people are prone to eating fourteen different things in one meal that early on a weekend morning?

The elaborate Saturday morning spread in front of Doga includes honey and clotted cream, called kaymak, on toasted bread; green and black olives; fried eggs with a spicy sausage called sucuk; butter; hard-boiled eggs; thick grape syrup (pekmez) with tahini on top; an assortment of sheep-, goat- and cow-milk cheeses; quince and blackberry jams; pastries and bread; tomatoes, cucumbers, white radishes and other fresh vegetables; kahvaltilikbiber salcasi, a paste made of grilled red peppers; hazelnut-flavored halvah, the dense dessert; milk and orange juice. While certainly more elaborate than weekday fare, this Gursoy family meal is in keeping with the hodgepodge that is a typical Turkish breakfast.

Shonda WILL call you out.

oh, bunny rabbits:

“I don’t think people are actively protecting the [toxic culture] or holding on to it … or trying to keep [diverse workers] from the power structure that is technology,” Eustace said. “I don’t think that’s it.”

To which women in the audience said very loudly: “Yes it is!”

‘sup, Margaret Atwood! What do you do in your downtime?

Do you know the site called The Toast?

(nicole dies)

this is such a meta day but if you are in NYC on Saturday you should go to this!

Do not rape anyone:

The study suggests that sexual coercion isn’t particularly worrisome to many college students. If that’s a depressing conclusion, it isn’t necessarily a surprising one. Our cultural stereotypes about men, women, and sex lead directly to that view. If men are constantly, ravenously seeking sex, then it seems as if it’s up to women to protect themselves by staying sober and keeping male friends out of their dorm rooms. And, by the same token, if women are uncharacteristically pushing, or even forcing, men into sex, then it seems like the only acceptable response is gratitude.

Looking more carefully at infant mortality rates in the United States:

In other words, American babies are mostly fine while they’re in the hospital and during their first days at home—but over time, that changes.

Or rather, it changes for some of them. The effects of socioeconomic status on health have been well-documented, and infant mortality is no exception: Unsurprisingly, the states with the highest rates are also among the poorest. “If Alabama were a country, its rate of 8.7 infant deaths per 1,000 would place it slightly behind Lebanon in the world rankings,” Christopher Ingraham recentlynoted in The Washington Post, while “Mississippi, with its 9.6 deaths, would be somewhere between Botswana and Bahrain.”

When the researchers took socioeconomic status into account, they found no significant difference in mortality across the three countries among babies born to wealthy, well-educated women. Lower down the socioeconomic ladder, though, the differences became stark; children of poor minority women in the U.S. were much more likely to die within their first year than children born to similar mothers in other countries.



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