Reading List: You Get a Yoga Certification, YOU Get a Yoga Certification, YOU Get a...!
What’s up, lovely bunch! It’s Friday, I’m in the office before the sunrise (#obnoxiousmorningperson) and I’ve got some longreads to fill your weekend reading. LET’S DO THIS!
May Jeong, “The Big Error Was That She Was Caught”: The Untold Story Behind the Mysterious Disappearance of Fan Bingbing, the World’s Biggest Movie Star (Vanity Fair) - AMAZING and riveting story. Just read it already.
Gillian B. White, Why Urban Millennials Love Uniqlo (The Atlantic) - As an urban millennial sitting at her desk in a Uniqlo dress, as the kids say, “it me.” But while it’s easy to overlook this headline, the history of a company that mass-produces label-free fashion embraced by a Recession-ravaged generation is a bigger story about economics, culture and finding identity in your clothes.
Aaron Freedman, Opinion: False Victimhood Is Driving Young White Men To Murder (BuzzFeed News) - I’m currently finishing Madeleine Albright’s Fascism: A Warning, and am currently on the chapter where she discusses how, throughout history, enforced communal guilt without consequences for individual actions leads to unrest and, well, fascism. This, of course, after she’s gone into how high unemployment and autocratic leaders that step into that social vacuum also lead to, you guessed it, fascism. So anyway, I find parallels with Freedman’s take on “false victimhood” throughout history.
Susan Page, Barbara Bush’s Long-Hidden ‘Thoughts on Abortion’ (The Atlantic) - In case you need a reminder of how much more stark our politics are now, read Page’s account of how the former First Lady struggled with her own stance on a woman’s right to choose.
Alice Hines, Should Every American Citizen Be a Yoga Teacher? (New York Times) - I bet you don’t deeply contemplate the business of certain yoga chains every time you sit down for an opening meditation, but heck, it’s super interesting.
You’re all delightful. Be kind to each other.