My series on where Millennials can make it just launched at Atlantic Cities today! Omaha is up first, then 8 more cities in the next two weeks.
I have 4 hours to decide whether I want to fully commit to my Courtney costume and lighten my hair by 3 or 4 shades.
"The details are a complicated jumble of legal stipulations, incentives and budget breakdowns. But the sentiment is simple, resonant and oozing with patriotism: Why not use the billions already pledged for transit manufacturing to create jobs for Americans, particularly low-income people of color who typically miss out on these opportunities? ‘We’re paying for that with our fares, with our tax dollars,’ Janis says. ‘We should have the jobs that go with them.’"
I wrote a piece for Next City about the future of manufacturing, featuring pretty photos by my talented boo Aaron Cassara! It costs $1.99 like last time—or you can just break down and get a subscription. Forefront’s longform reporting really is topnotch.
It was Reed who defined the band’s sensibility, embodied its contradictions. He was a romantic alienated bohemian and an antiromantic pop ironist, a middle-class Jewish kid from Brooklyn who came on like a streetwise punk in tight jeans and shades, a classical piano student turned rock and roller, Bob Dylan-cum-Nelson Algren-cum-Jean Genet. He talked his songs in an expressive semi-mumble that made you think of James Dean without the naiveté.
Not that Lou did not display his own kind of innocence. His songs hinted, when you least expected it, that underneath the meanness and paranoia, the affectless brutality that smothered pain, there was after all the possibility of love."
We still don’t have a good way of talking about pursuing friendship. Years of style-section trend stories have documented modern problems with finding and forging friendships. The term “friend crush” gets thrown around, or its gendered cousin, the “girl crush.” (See the lovely ’zine and popular Tumblr on the subject.) And, as has become de rigueur for low-level social insecurities, a few apps have appeared to help people forge friendships. A new one called Ketchuppp promises to help you make time for people you love platonically. And when I interviewed Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, he told me they hope the app will eventually be widely used to find friends, not just make dates. “In every kind of relationship there’s a person being pursued and a person who’s a pursuer,” he says.
But most of our courtship narratives are still romantic, which really tends to obscure the importance of friendship’s early stages, and downplay the thought and skill that goes into cultivating meaningful platonic relationships."
On why it’s a good idea to woo friends—and, I would add, woo them back if things go awry.
I wrote about what choosing poverty in America looks like for NBC News (hint: it looks very, very white). Do not miss the accompanying slideshow by John Brecher—gorgeous photos.
One relevant stat that ended up on the cutting room floor: Hiking and camping—a sort of overnight poverty—is a notoriously white activity. Seventy percent of people doing it are white. It makes sense that when you grew up quite far away from the pleasures and conveniences of middle-class luxuries, it’s hard to understand anyone rejecting them, even for a night or two.
Freebies for the Rich, by NYT’s Catherine Rampell, details how state universities may care more about rankings and revenue than actually helping needy students.