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You Can't Take the South Out of the Girl

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She appreciated the ancient languages precisely because nobody spoke them anymore. She told me, “Part of the pleasure of knowing Latin is that you don’t have to learn to say, ‘Where is the cathedral?’ or ‘I would like a return ticket, second class, please.’ You actually get to the literature. You don’t always have to be making yourself understood.
Mary Beard, professor of classics at Cambridge University, in the New Yorker

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The people who call Ciudad Juarez the most dangerous city in the world are the ones who don’t live there.

I think maybe if I walk the streets where someone was afraid, where an entire city was afraid, I’ll maybe understand the fear a little better. This is the grand fiction of tourism, that bringing our bodies someplace draws that place closer to us, or we to it. It’s a quick fix of empathy.

Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams

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Cosmo (US), August 24, page 184. My capital-F Feelings about some heavy shit that went down in my life last year. It’s really nice to be on the other side of this.
Update: The full essay is online and you can see it here.

Cosmo (US), August 24, page 184. My capital-F Feelings about some heavy shit that went down in my life last year. It’s really nice to be on the other side of this.

Update: The full essay is online and you can see it here.

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I’ve written a lot about being childfree, and I’ve thought about not doing it anymore—I’m tired of talking about it, explaining it, reminding people that I (actually, seriously) am not ever going to have a kid and explaining why. But then, someone will write or say something about how women are natural mothers, how we all love kids, even if we don’t have our own, how we have to manifest caretaking in some clear way so that the rest of the world feels better about us as women. If we don’t have our own children, we have to be mothers to our pets (“fur babies”), or to children in a classroom if we’re teachers, or, through language or action, prove that we have an instinct to take care of something, besides ourselves.
My beloved Chanel Dubofsky dropping all the truth bombs, as usual

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