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Things I read this week 10/13*

Slightly lighter reading this week due to  focus on client work and family visiting for my partner’s solo show exhibition (hi Mom! I know I’m supposed to be getting ready instead of on the computer :-). But, here’s a few of the best.


I could look at this moving drawing from artist Lilli Carré all. day. long.

+ The Price of Black Ambition, a new essay from one of my faves Roxanne Gay, put a lump in my throat.

+ What I saw as an NFL Ball Boy. As gritty as you might expect, but also optimistic about the future of the NFL.

+ Common things men in tech can do to be more inclusive. Actually, this should be for everyone because I’ve caught myself doing one or two of these things too.

+ Aminatou Sow pretty much wins the internet for the day with this:


Yes, my friend. You nailed it.

Until next week friends! Off to see the work of prolific Chicago photographer, Vivian Maier. Hoping to find an instagram or two to file away for later.

*As of 11:45am

Things I Read, Week of 10/6*

Between Anita Sarkeesian’s XOXO talk about her online harrasment (above) and Kathy Seirra’s story on why she’s leaving twitter again, it’s been a doozy of a week for feminists online. So, I’ve decided to include only articles in support of non cis men in this week’s dispatch.

+ First how women – who are generally criticized more, and in more personal ways than men – can learn to expect, parse, and deflect the criticism that will come our way if we do our jobs well. Follow up with Ann Friedman’s Disapproval Matrix for dealing with haters.

+ On keeping the T in LGBT from being erased on television via the superb show, Transparent, now streaming on Amazon Prime.

+ Wonder Woman is largely based on Margaret Sanger, the woman who invented the idea of birth control in 1916 and founded America’s first women’s health clinics that evolved into today’s Planned Parenthood. Funny how the same fight for birth control was going on in 1916 and remains largely unchanged these days.

+ The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion. This story would make an incredible film that I’d watch the heck out of.

+ The moms and eventual moms out there: there’s nothing wrong with the mommy track.

+ This charming series on surprising things about parenting outside of America. Prepare to experience some travel wanderlust.

+ There’s no such thing as “the cool girl”.

*As of 11:30am today. Also why am I writing this series now? It’s a means to get back to regular writing, and I don’t send my newsletters often enough that these stories are as timely there. And it’s a catalog that tracks how much and what I’m reading online, instead of mindlessly consuming content and getting feelings that I don’t do anything about. I basically keep a draft open all week and plug in the links I’ve read, and then publish on Friday. It’s a way to combat faux cultural literacy that we’ve probably all run into from time to time.

Things I read this week*


It’s Friday, y’all. We made it! I kept track of the essays I read this week, here they are in no particular order.

My friend Nona is on a tear this week with two fantastic pieces:

+ The Middle Class Squeeze: Is Elite Education Worth 170k of Debt?

Married women who code-switch


+ Cameron Esposito’s excellent undressing (pun intended) of street harassment.

+ Janet Mock and the defense of angry black women.

+ This is not the last piece you should read about sexism in tech, no, not even close.

+ Super friend Stewart Scott-Curran’s recap on our time at WMC Fest 5

+ Freelancing in America: a national survey of the new workforce.

*As of Friday morning at 10am. Doesn’t include links I will also read in Ann Friedman’s fantastic newsletter, due any moment.


Friday Link Love + Giveaway Winner


+ Today’s gorgeous artwork provided by Gabi Piserchia, available for purchase on Society 6.

+ picked entrant number 8, Brendan Beale from Australia, as the winner of the Sonnenzimmer poster! Congrats, Brendan! Sonnenzimmer & I are so grateful to all who entered.

+ What it Means to be a Geek offers the freedom to devour your interests with all the enthusiasm you can muster. Screw cool, care instead. I wish I’d read this when I was in high school or college.

+ Had a chuckle over the World’s Longest Invoice that’s been making the rounds this week. Currently the deadbeat clients of the world owe over 10 million to the freelancers who worked with them.

+ 37signals founder Jason Fried wrote an excellent article for Inc. Magazine on why most business writing is awful. Finally someone is stepping up to the plate and explaining the difference between compelling business writing and the watered down jargon-y crap we’re so used to seeing. Also makes an excellent case for using a more informal, conversational tone for online writing, thank goodness, I’ve been pushing for this for years.

+ MOXIE Conference tomorrow! I’m hitting the stage to do a mock-negotiation scenario with financial advisor Linda McCauley on how to wheel and deal like a boss. If you’re going, please say hello!!

Happy weekend! On the dock for next week: co-working tales & behind-the-scenes tour of ze Walker Art Center.