This post was really fun to write. I hope you find some good reading material, even if you’re not yet in your 20s or you’re out of them. What would you add to the list?
How I feel today.
Today is the one-week anniversary of moving into my new apartment, which is in Los Angeles, which is around 3,000 miles away from my old apartment in Brooklyn. These are the living room windows, which overlook a courtyard that has all manner of trees and flowers and a little fountain, and it is quiet and lovely and peaceful.
The windows face west and so in the afternoon the living room gets what can only be described as sun-dappled. Everyone says the weather in Los Angeles is perfect, but it’s true, and Los Angeles is sunny in a way I have never experienced. So now it feels like I am making up for lost sun-time, gulping the rays so I can get as much Vitamin D into my bloodstream as I can. I feel like a drooping plant that was dusted off and watered and put out on the patio, and now my leaves have perked up. I feel like I am in a video game where I was dangerously close to becoming a vampire and now my sun hearts are being replenished. I feel like I could forget what rain is.
Joseph walks barefoot across the cream-colored floor tiles, still sticky with boot prints from yesterday’s meetup of regional NSM members. He sidesteps the empty Budweiser bottles scattered around the sofa and stands two feet away from his sleeping father. Joseph pulls the revolver’s hammer back, aims below his father’s ear, and fires. The Southwestern Regional Director of the National Socialist Movement’s brains are blown out by his 4-foot son.
I have been in Riverside the last few weeks reporting on the story about the 10 year old boy who shot and killed his father. I am very proud of it. I hope you will read it.
Scientology leader David Miscavige has been trumpeting his church’s “milestone year,” but the mysterious religion is alienating scores of its most faithful followers with what they call a real estate scam. With anger mounting and defectors fleeing, this may be more than a fleeting crisis; it may be a symptom of an institution in decline.
I think Yale’s response (YALE?) might be from the Onion.
Oh. My. Goooddddddd. This animal is called a Quokka and it is the happiest thing on the planet.
- “[Weirdish/ridiculous/semi-revealing/”embarrassing”/”adorkable” question]? Asking for a friend.”
- “[photo not of yourself] GPOY”
- “GPOY” in general (any P of Y is probably G, you know?)
- “Sorry not sorry”
- “THIS” (plus variations: “THIS!” “THIS ->” “THIS THIS THIS”)
- “[description of weirdish/ridiculous/semi-revealing/”embarrassing”/”adorkable” behavior you are engaging in]. Like you do.”
- “[description of recent personal goof]. LIKE A BOSS.”
- “Because REASONS”
- “Because [single-word REASON]”
- “That thing where…”
- “Auto [whatever] reblog”
- “[X] [Y] is [X]”
Oh hey this is what my dashboard looks like on the new tumblr app for the iPad!
Very psyched about this list, featuring some of my favorite writers/think-y people on the best book they read this year. Such as! Katie Notopoulos, Emily Gould, Anna Holmes, Caterina Fake, Tavi Gevinson, Jenna Wortham, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, Edith Zimmerman, Willa Paskin, Mary H.K. Choi, Ana Marie Cox, Julieanne Smolinski, Sloane Crosley, Julie Klausner, Shani Hilton, Amy Rose Spiegel, Elizabeth Spiers, AND MANY MORE!
Also, P.S., if you are looking for a) a bookish holiday gift or b) a reading list for the next year (or two), this will be very useful.
This year I read a lot of great personal essays, but these were my favorites.
I picked my favorite personal essays of 2012 for Longreads. Check it out!